Ashley Leggat

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Ashley Leggat
Born Ashley Margaret Anne Leggat
(1986-09-26) September 26, 1986 (age 29)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actress, dancer, singer
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Jeremy Williams (2011–present)

Ashley Margaret Anne Leggat (born September 26, 1986) is a Canadian actress, dancer and singer. She is known for her roles as Casey McDonald in the television series Life with Derek and as Ashley Dunnfield in The Perfect Roommate.

Early life and education[edit]

Leggat was born in Hamilton, Ontario, and has Scottish and Irish ancestry on her mother's side.[1] She has four brothers named Rob, Brett, Todd and Bram.



Leggat began her theatrical training with Theatre Aquarius's Performing Arts Program under the direction of Lou Zamprogna. That same year, Leggat made her professional theatre debut playing Marta in Theatre Aquarius's production of The Sound of Music.

She went on to perform in several of the company's productions, including The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, Cinderella, Anne of Green Gables, Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang, Jekyll And Hyde and The Wizard of Oz. She also performed the role of Clara in The Nutcracker at the Hamilton Place Theatre.

Beginning in 2004, she appeared in the Disney feature film Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen as Marcia, also starring Lindsay Lohan and Megan Fox, the television movie A Very Married Christmas, with Joe Mantegna and Jean Smart and played series lead Kat Adams in Ace Lightning.

Leggat performed concurrent recurring roles on the series I Was a Sixth Grade Alien for Fox and YTV, and In a Heartbeat for the Disney Channel. She performed a guest lead role on the series Real Kids, Real Adventures, and a lead role on the CBC Radio drama Articles of Faith. As well, she appeared in the cable television film What Girls Learn, starring Elizabeth Perkins and Scott Bakula; the Disney television movie The Music Man, starring Matthew Broderick; the comedy series The Blobheads; and the fantasy science-fiction series The Zack Files. In 2005, Leggat performed in Moze Mossanen's short film Roxana as part of CBC's "Opening Night" series.


In 2005, Leggat was cast in the co-lead role of Casey McDonald in the Family Channel family comedy series Life with Derek. The series ran for four seasons before ending its run in 2009.

On July 31, 2009, Leggat commented on her official Facebook page[2] that they would begin shooting Vacation with Derek in September of that year; it aired in Canada on the Family Channel in June 2010, and in the U.S. on Starz in 2011.[3]

Leggat starred in the Toronto version of the play Dirty Dancing,[4] and received critical acclaim for her lead role of Baby.[citation needed]

In 2010, Leggat was cast in MTV's Made... The Movie as the main antagonist, Tiffany.[5]


Leggat is a supporter of Count Me In,[6] the largest youth-led movement of its kind.[7][8] Based in Canada, the ultimate mission of Count Me In is to promote student volunteerism, and help connect young people with community service opportunities that match their interests, passions and lifestyle.[9] Count Me In is the link between teenagers and the charitable sector, inspiring community involvement, leadership, and positive social change.

Leggat hosted the 2012 "Count Me In Conference", which has been recognized as the largest youth-run empowerment event in North America. Following the event, Leggat logged onto Twitter to share her support for Count Me In saying "@ShaneFeldman You are the most inspirational person in my life! So proud of you and what was accomplished at CMIC! Thank you. XO".[10] – Count Me In was founded by teen activist Shane Feldman.

Personal life[edit]

On August 6, 2011, she married longtime boyfriend, hockey player Jeremy Williams. She is best friends with her Life with Derek co-star, Michael Seater.


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen Marcia
2009 The Jerk Theory Britney Uncredited[citation needed]
2011 Cinnamon Chloe Walters Straight-to-video
2015 People Hold On Julia
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Real Kids, Real Adventures Michelle Episode: "Heimlich Hero: The Michelle Shreffler Story"
2000 I Was a Sixth Grade Alien Stacey 4 episodes
2000–01 In a Heartbeat Michelle 3 episodes
2001 What Girls Learn Libbie TV movie
2002 The Zack Files Kristen Episode: "Once and Future Zack"
2003 The Music Man Actor/dancer TV movie; uncredited[citation needed]
2004 The Blobheads Misty 2 episodes
A Very Married Christmas Danielle TV movie
Ace Lightning Kat Adams 13 episodes
2005–09 Life with Derek Casey McDonald Co-lead role, 70 episodes
2005–06 Darcy's Wild Life Brittany McMillan 5 episodes
2006 11 Cameras Kelly Main role, 20 episodes
2008 The Latest Buzz Herself Episode: "The Star Power Issue"
2010 Vacation with Derek Casey McDonald TV movie
Aaron Stone Nikki York Episode: "My Own Private Superhero"
Murdoch Mysteries Ivy / Queen of Swords Episode: "Blood and Circuses"
Unnatural History Whitney Coleman Episode: "Sleeper in a Box"
Made...The Movie Tiffany TV movie
2011 The Perfect Roommate Ashley Dunnfield TV movie
2012 Totally Amp'd Zoe 10 episodes
Criminal Minds Sloan (College student) Episode: "Profiling 101"
The Good Witch's Charm Tara TV movie
2013 The Perfect Boss Renee Renfro TV movie
The Good Witch's Destiny Tara TV movie
2014 The Good Witch's Wonder Tara TV movie
2015 Good Witch Tara Recurring role
The Perfect Girlfriend Jensyn Bannet TV movie
We Are Disorderly Poppy YouTube series; Episode: "Our Girlfriend"
The Next Step Herself 3 episodes
Charming Christmas Jessie TV movie


  1. ^ Boer, Kees. "Ashley Leggat – Making a Difference in Kids' Lives".
  2. ^ Ashley Leggat's Official Facebook Page.
  3. ^ Brendan Kelly (January 24, 2011). "Starz takes ‘Vacation,’ ‘Baxter’ from Shaftsbury Films". Variety. Retrieved 2015-10-25. 
  4. ^ Rita Zekas (September 13, 2008). "Dirty Dancing keeps her in awards shape". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2015-10-25. 
  5. ^ Brian Lowry (August 22, 2010). "Review: ‘Made: The Movie’". Variety. Retrieved 2015-10-25. 
  6. ^ "Count Me In Youth-Led Movement". Count Me In Youth Initiative, Inc. 
  7. ^ TAPA launches hipTIX Youth Invasion Video Series!, July 5, 2012.
  8. ^ Elora Crawford (May 2, 2012). "Teens urged to make a difference". Metroland Media Group Ltd. Archived from the original on 2012-05-03. Retrieved 2015-10-24. 
  9. ^ "Day 4 Newsletter" (PDF). Flat Out Leadership CSLC 2012 CCLE. September 28, 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-10-17. Retrieved 2015-10-24. 
  10. ^ Ashley Leggat [AshleyLeggat] (May 2, 2012). "@ShaneFeldman You are the most inspirational person in my life! So proud of you and what was accomplished at CMIC! Thank you. XO" (Tweet). Retrieved 2015-10-24. 

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