Ashley Williams (actress)
Ashley Williams Dodson
Ashley Williams in 2011
Ashley Churchill Williams
November 12, 1978
Neal Dodson (m. 2011)
|Relatives||Kimberly Williams-Paisley (sister)|
Ashley Williams Dodson (born November 12, 1978) known professionally as Ashley Williams is an American actress. She is best known for starring in the television series The Jim Gaffigan Show on TV Land and in the NBC series Good Morning Miami. Over the many years of its run, Williams played fan favorite Victoria on the hit CBS series How I Met Your Mother opposite Josh Radnor. She has starred in more than a dozen different television pilots over the years and done over 150 episodes of television in addition to television movies for The Hallmark Channel, Lifetime Television, and ABC Family. She's worked in studio and independent films, regional theater, Off-Broadway, and on Broadway. Williams is also a certified birth doula.
Early life and education
Williams was born in Westchester County, New York, the daughter of Linda Barbara (née Payne), a fundraiser for The Michael J. Fox Foundation, and Gurney Williams III, a freelance health and science writer. She is the younger sister of actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley and is sister-in-law to country music star Brad Paisley.
Williams made her big-screen acting debut in a non-speaking role in the 1993 drama Indian Summer, which also featured her sister Kimberly. She then spent from 1994 to 1996 playing teenage Danielle Andropoulos on the soap opera As the World Turns.
Williams starred in the television series Good Morning, Miami (2002–2004). Since then she has also appeared in episodes of Psych, How I Met Your Mother, multiple episodes of E-Ring, multiple episodes of Huff, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, multiple episodes of Side Order of Life, The Mentalist, Monk, C.S.I., Royal Pains, multiple episodes of Saving Grace, Love Bites, The Protector, The Mentalist, Retired at 35, and multiple episodes of Warehouse 13. Williams also had a guest-starring role on American Dreams, playing singer Sandie Shaw and performing Shaw's 1964 hit "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me" on American Bandstand.
In 2006, she starred in the Off Broadway play Burleigh Grime$ and appeared as Victoria, a cupcake baker, on six episodes of the television series How I Met Your Mother; a role she reprised in the concluding seasons of the show.
In 2010, she starred in the made-for-TV Lifetime movies, Patricia Cornwell's The Front and At Risk, which premiered on the channel on April 17, 2010. She also won an on-line straw poll conducted by the How I Met Your Mother production staff as to which ex-girlfriend of Ted Mosby, the show's main character, is the fans' favorite. Her character, Victoria, won 128 to 117 over Robin Scherbatsky, with a smattering of votes for other candidates.
In 2011 and 2012, she played the role of Claire in a film adaptation of Something Borrowed opposite Kate Hudson, John Krasinski, and her college roommate Ginnifer Goodwin, and she also reprised her role as Victoria on How I Met Your Mother.
She made her Broadway debut in John Grisham's A Time To Kill playing law student Ellen Roarke, on September 28, 2013, with the opening night on October 20, 2013. She had previously worked at the Williamstown Theater Festival, and also worked as the understudy for both Rachel Weisz and Gretchen Mol opposite Paul Rudd in the world premiere Off-Broadway production of Neil LaBute's play The Shape of Things. She performed both lead female roles multiple times during the run.
In 2015 and 2016, Williams starred as a fictionalized version of comedian Jim Gaffigan's real life wife in The Jim Gaffigan Show on Comedy central, a sitcom about a couple raising their five young children in a two-bedroom New York City apartment which also starred Michael Ian Black and Adam Goldberg.
Williams married independent film producer Neal Dodson on May 29, 2011. They have two sons: Gus Williams Dodson (b. October 5, 2014) and Odie Sal Dodson (b. May 17, 2017). In the summer of 2016, Williams was two months pregnant and suffered a miscarriage. She partnered with the Human Development Project to speak publicly about the experience, in hopes of reducing the stigma of miscarriage and encouraging more women to talk openly about it.
|1993||Indian Summer||Ida Heinken|
|2004||The List||Short film|
|2007||Numero Dos||Ashleigh||Short film|
|2009||The Eight Percent||Laura||Short film|
|2011||Scents and Sensibility||Elinor Dashwood|
|Margin Call||Heather Burke|
|2012||Hearing Voices||Short film|
|2013||Sequin Raze||Rebecca||Short film|
|Christmas in the City||Wendy Carroll|
|A Most Violent Year||Lange|
|2016||Six LA Love Stories||Robin Butterman|
|1994–1996||As the World Turns||Danielle Andropoulos||Recurring role|
|2002||Dawson's Creek||Lory Glory||Episode: "Swan Song"|
|2002–2004||Good Morning, Miami||Dylan Messinger||Main role, 39 episodes|
|2003||American Dreams||Sandie Shaw||Episode: "High Hopes"|
|2004||Snow||Sandy Brooks||Television film (ABC)|
|2005||Monk||Darlene Coolidge / Theresa Scott||Episode: "Mr. Monk Goes to a Wedding"|
|2005–2006||E-Ring||Beth Wilkerson||Recurring role, 6 episodes|
|2006||Amy Coyne||Amy Coyne||Television film (Fox)|
|Huff||Alyssa||Recurring role, 8 episodes|
|Him and Us||Nina||Television film (ABC)|
|2006–2014||How I Met Your Mother||Victoria||Recurring role (seasons 1, 7–9), 15 episodes|
|2007||Imperfect Union||Ronnie||Television film (TBS)|
|Making It Legal||Julie||Television film (ABC)|
|Psych||Trish Connors||Episode: "Forget Me Not"|
|Montana Sky||Willa Mercy||Television film (Lifetime)|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Laura Kozlowski||Episode: "Haystack"|
|Side Order of Life||Becca||Main role|
|2008||Night Life||Jenny||Television film (Fox)|
|Snow 2: Brain Freeze||Sandy Brooks||Television film (ABC Family)|
|Novel Adventures||Lizzie McKenzie||8 episodes|
|2009–2010||Saving Grace||Amanda Dewey||Recurring role, 5 episodes|
|2010||The New Adventures of Old Christine||Store Clerk Amy||Episode: "Sweet Charity"|
|At Risk||Stump||Television film (Lifetime)|
|The Front||Stump||Television film (Lifetime)|
|Untitled Adam Carolla Project||N/A||Unsold television pilot|
|2011||Retired at 35||Lilah Fabricant||"Stuck in the Meddle"|
|Bird Dog||Gail McGrath||Television film (TNT)|
|Love Bites||Bridget||Episode: "Too Much Information"|
|The Protector||N/A||Episode: "Rats"|
|Warehouse 13||Sally Stukowski||4 episodes|
|The Mentalist||Anna Dugan||Episode: "The Redshirt"|
|2012||The Wedding Band||Denise||Episodes: "End of the World as We Know It", "99 Problems"|
|CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Debbie Hicks||Episode: "Stealing Home"|
|Royal Pains||Sydney Bartlett||Episodes: "You Give Love a Bad Name", "About Face"|
|2014||The Good Wife||Christina Barrett||Episode: "We, the Juries"|
|2015–2016||The Jim Gaffigan Show||Jeannie Gaffigan||Main role|
|2015||October Kiss||Poppy Summerall||Television film (Hallmark)|
|2016||Love on a Limb||Aimie Roarke||Television film (Hallmark)|
|2017||Girls||Ginny||Episode: "All I Ever Wanted"|
|Christmas in Evergreen||Allie Shaw||Television film (Hallmark)|
|2018||Instinct||Nora Cecchino||Episode: "Wild Game"|
|2018||FBI||Episode: "Family Man"|
|2018||Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa||Allie Shaw||Television film (Hallmark)|
|2018||Northern Lights of Christmas||Zoey Hathaway||Television film (Hallmark)|
- "An Interview With Ashley Williams" (Interview).
- Karger, Dave (September 13, 2002). "Good Morning, Miami". Fall TV Preview. Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on November 28, 2006. Retrieved 2015-10-17.
- "Ashley Williams: Overview". TV.com. Retrieved 2015-10-17.
- Isherwood, Charles (June 14, 2006). "Burleigh Grime$: A Vengeful Financier and His Clueless Apprentice". Theater Review. The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-10-17.
- Jones, Kenneth (13 June 2006). "Burleigh Grimes, Wall Street Comedy With Music, Opens June 13". Playbill. Retrieved 2015-10-17.
- HIMYM Production [@himymprod] (26 Aug 2010). "Victoria has 128 votes! Robin follows closely with 117, Stella rolls in with 26 and Blah Blah rounds out the top four with 22. :)" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- "TV Land releases extended scene from new comedy "Younger" featuring Sutton Foster and Hilary Duff" (PDF) (Press release). Viacom. December 4, 2014. Retrieved 2015-10-17.
- Parker, Heidi; Enriquez, Justin (23 October 2014). "How I Met Your Mother star Ashley Williams welcomes first child Gus into the world". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2015-10-17.
- "It's a Boy! Ashley Williams Welcomes Son Odie Sal". PEOPLE.com. 2017-06-07. Retrieved 2017-08-18.
- Williams, Ashley (September 9, 2016). "I Need to Talk About My Miscarriage". Archived from the original on January 9, 2019. Retrieved October 1, 2016.