Ashley Williams (actress)

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Not to be confused with Ashley C. Williams.
Ashley Williams
Born Ashley Churchill Williams
(1978-11-12) November 12, 1978 (age 37)
Westchester County, New York, U.S.
Years active 1993 – present
Spouse(s) Neal Dodson (m. 2011)
Children 1

Ashley Churchill Williams (born November 12, 1978) is an American television, film and Broadway actress. She is known for her roles in Good Morning Miami, Snow, Snow 2: Brain Freeze, and Montana Sky, and for her appearances on How I Met Your Mother.

Early life[edit]

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.[1]

Williams attended Rye High School in Rye, New York. In May 2001 she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre.[2]

Williams married producer Neal Dodson on May 29, 2011. Williams gave birth to their first child, a boy, Gus Williams Dodson, on October 5, 2014.[3]


Williams made her big-screen acting debut in a non-speaking role in the 1993 ensemble comedy-drama Indian Summer, which also featured her sister. She then spent from 1994 to 1996 playing teenage Danielle Andropoulos on the soap opera As the World Turns.

Williams had a role in the television series Good Morning, Miami (2002–2004). Since then she has also appeared in episodes of Psych, How I Met Your Mother, E-Ring, Huff, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Side Order of Life, The Mentalist and Warehouse 13. In May 2003, she 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$.[4][5] and appeared as Victoria, a cupcake baker, on six episodes of the television series How I Met Your Mother; a role reprised in the concluding seasons of the show.

In 2010, she starred in the made-for-TV Lifetime movie, Patricia Cornwell's The Front, 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.[6]

In 2011 and 2012, she played the role of Claire in a film adaptation of Something Borrowed and 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 Roark, on September 28, 2013, with opening night on October 20, 2013.

Beginning in 2015, Williams stars as a fictionalized version of Jim Gaffigan's real life wife in The Jim Gaffigan Show, a sitcom about a couple raising their five children in a two-bedroom New York apartment.[7]


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Indian Summer Ida Heinken
2004 List, TheThe List Short film
2007 Numero Dos Ashleigh Short film
2009 Eight Percent, TheThe Eight Percent Laura Short film
2010 Heterosexuals Rhonda
2011 Scents and Sensibility Elinor Dashwood
2011 Margin Call Heather Burke
2011 Something Borrowed Claire
2012 Hearing Voices Short film
2013 Sequin Raze Rebecca Short film
2013 Christmas in the City Wendy Carroll
2014 Lovesick Felicia
2014 A Most Violent Year Lange
Year Title Role Notes
1994–1996 As the World Turns Danielle Andropoulos Recurring role
2002 Dawson's Creek Lory Glory "Swan Song"
2002–2004 Good Morning, Miami Dylan Messinger 39 episodes
2003 American Dreams Sandie Shaw "High Hopes"
2004 Snow Sandy Brooks TV movie
2005 Monk Darlene Coolidge / Theresa Scott "Mr. Monk Goes to a Wedding"
2005–2006 E-Ring Beth Wilkerson 6 episodes
2006 Amy Coyne Amy Coyne TV movie
2006 Huff Alyssa 8 episodes
2006 Him and Us Nina TV movie
2006–2014 How I Met Your Mother Victoria Seasons 1, 7–9 (recurring; 16 episodes)
2007 Imperfect Union Ronnie TV movie
2007 Making It Legal Julie TV movie
2007 Psych Trish Connors "Forget Me Not"
2007 Montana Sky Willa Mercy TV movie
2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Laura Kozlowski "Haystack"
2007 Side Order of Life Becca 10 episodes
2008 Night Life Jenny TV movie
2008 Snow 2: Brain Freeze Sandy Brooks TV movie
2008 Novel Adventures Lizzie McKenzie 8 episodes
2009–2010 Saving Grace Amanda Dewey 5 episodes
2010 New Adventures of Old Christine, TheThe New Adventures of Old Christine Store Clerk Amy "Sweet Charity"
2010 At Risk and The Front Stump TV movies of Patricia Cornwell's Win Garano novels
2010 Untitled Adam Carolla Project TV movie
2011 Retired at 35 Lilah Fabricant "Stuck in the Meddle"
2011 Bird Dog Gail McGrath TV movie
2011 Love Bites Bridget "Too Much Information"
2011 Protector, TheThe Protector "Rats"
2011 Warehouse 13 Sally Stukowski 4 episodes
2011 Mentalist, TheThe Mentalist Anna Dugan "The Redshirt"
2012 Wedding Band, TheThe Wedding Band Denise "End of the World as We Know It" and "99 Problems"
2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Debbie Hicks "Stealing Home"
2012 Royal Pains Sydney Bartlett "You Give Love a Bad Name" and "About Face"
2014 The Good Wife Christina Barrett "We, the Juries"
2015–present The Jim Gaffigan Show Jeannie Gaffigan Lead role
2015 October Kiss Poppy Summerall Hallmark TV movie


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ "Ashley Williams: Overview". Retrieved 2015-10-17. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ Isherwood, Charles (June 14, 2006). "Burleigh Grime$: A Vengeful Financier and His Clueless Apprentice". Theater Review. The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-10-17. 
  5. ^ Jones, Kenneth (13 June 2006). "Burleigh Grimes, Wall Street Comedy With Music, Opens June 13". Playbill. Retrieved 2015-10-17. 
  6. ^ 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). 
  7. ^ "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. 

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