Katie Leclerc

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Katie Leclerc
Katie Leclerc 2011.jpg
Katie Leclerc at O Holy Night in June 2011.
Born Katie Lynn Leclerc
(1986-11-06) November 6, 1986 (age 28)
San Antonio, Texas, United States
Nationality American
Other names Kate
Occupation Actress, Producer
Years active 2005-present
Known for Veronica Mars
The Big Bang Theory
Switched at Birth
Spouse(s) Brian Habecost (m. 2014)

Katie Lynn Leclerc (born November 6, 1986)[1] is an American actress. She has appeared on several television series, including Veronica Mars, Fashion House and The Big Bang Theory. In 2011, she was cast in the television show Switched at Birth, starring as Daphne Vasquez.

Personal life[edit]

Katie Leclerc was born in San Antonio, Texas, and grew up in Lakewood, Colorado. She is the youngest of three siblings.[2] She started learning American Sign Language at 17, before she found out she had a disorder which includes hearing loss. Her older sister also teaches ASL. At age 20, Leclerc was diagnosed with Ménière's disease, a degenerative inner ear disorder, the symptoms of which include fluctuating hearing loss and vertigo;[3] both her father and older sister have Ménière's disease as well.[4] Her symptoms were not present during childhood, so her speech has not been affected. She uses an accent on Switched at Birth to emphasize Daphne's hearing loss.

She married long-time boyfriend Brian Habecost, a real estate salesman, on September 6, 2014.[5]


Katie Leclerc discovered her passion for acting in seventh grade when she got the lead role in a production of Annie.[3][6] She then moved to San Diego, to pursue theatre at Valley Center High School. She took part in commercials for Pepsi, Cingular, Comcast, and GE. In 2006, she was in the Rascal Flatts video "What Hurts the Most" as a student in the classroom. She started her television career when she guest-starred on Veronica Mars. Since then, she has acted in many other television shows. Her first main acting role was in the show Switched at Birth, where she plays Daphne Vasquez, a deaf teenager who was given to the wrong family after birth.

My agent submitted me for a nationwide casting call for the roles of Emmett and Daphne. I ended up getting a call back, and that’s when I was asked to try a “deaf accent.” It’s something we discussed in depth. We wanted to make sure my portrayal was respectful and done correctly. At the same time, we felt that using a deaf accent would be a really strong choice for the character.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Gravy Train Lydia Faye Short film
2009 Flying By Ally Film
2009 The Inner Circle Claire Film
2012 Seven Lanterns Rachel Hawthorne Short film
2013 The Confession Katie Lapp TV film
2014 The Ones Katie Post-production
2014 Caffeinated Coffee Lover Documentary; Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Veronica Mars Crystal Episode: "Silence of the Lamb"
2006 Fashion House Sara Recurring role (4 episodes)
2007 Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show, TheThe Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show Tokersville Queen Episode: "Salute to America"
2007 Saints & Sinners Bride Episode: "Dance, Dance Revolution"
2008 Riches, TheThe Riches Teen Girl Episode: "Friday Night Lights"
2008 Ex List, TheThe Ex List Mila Episode: "Protect and Serve"
2010 Hard Times of RJ Berger, TheThe Hard Times of RJ Berger Deaf Girl Episode: "Lily Pad"
2011 The John Kerwin Show Herself - Guest Episode: "Katie LeClerc"
2011 Big Bang Theory, TheThe Big Bang Theory Emily Episode: "The Wiggly Finger Catalyst"
2011–Present Switched at Birth Daphne Vasquez Lead role
2012 The Chew Herself - Guest Episode: "Extra Value Friday"
2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Christine Episode: "Play Dead"
2013 Teens Wanna Know Herself - Guest Episodes: "LA Times Festival of Books"
2013 Good Day L.A. Herself Episode dated 4 March 2013.
2013 My Synthesized Life Amanda Episodes: "Amanda", "A Disturbance in the Force"
2014 Community Carol Episode: "Analysis of Cork-Based Networking"
2014 Cloudy With a Chance of Love Deb Lead role

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Work Result Ref
Teen Choice Awards for Choice Breakout Star
Switched at Birth
TwoCents TV Award for Drama Queens
Switched at Birth


  1. ^ Katie Leclerc at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ "Katie Leclerc-Welcome (2011)". Retrieved 2011-06-14. 
  3. ^ a b "Special Interview with ABC Family "Switched At Birth" Katie Leclerc". San Diego Entertainer magazine. 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  4. ^ "NY Post: Deaf actress Katie Leclerc unites hearing and deaf worlds on family drama, "Switched at Birth" (2011)". Retrieved 2011-06-14. 
  5. ^ "Switched at Birth's Katie Leclerc Is Engaged". Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  6. ^ "Twitter@katieleclerc "how old were you…"". June 10, 2013. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Ability Magazine: Katie Leclerc Interview with Chet Cooper" (2011)". Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  8. ^ "2011 Teen Choice Awards winners". Popcrush. August 7, 2011. Retrieved February 25, 2013. 
  9. ^ Ng, Philiana (July 11, 2013). "2013 TwoCents TV Awards – Drama Categories". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 

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