Katie Leclerc

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Katie Leclerc
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Katie Leclerc at O Holy Night in June 2011.
Katie Lynn Leclerc

(1986-11-06) November 6, 1986 (age 33)
Other namesKate
OccupationActress, Producer
Years active2005–present
Known forSwitched at Birth
Brian Habecost
(m. 2014; div. 2017)

Katie Lynn Leclerc (born November 6, 1986 in San Antonio, Texas) is an American actress and producer. 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 with Ryan Lane at a Dogs for the Deaf benefit in April 2013

Katie Leclerc was born in San Antonio, Texas, and grew up in Lakewood, Colorado. She is of French-Canadian descent. She is the youngest of three siblings.[1] She started learning American Sign Language at 17, before she found out she had Ménière's disease, which leads to hearing loss. Her older sister also teaches ASL. [2] Both her father and older sister have Ménière's disease as well.[3]

She married longtime boyfriend Brian Habecost, a real estate salesman, on September 6, 2014.[4] In July 2017, Leclerc filed for divorce from her husband.[5]


Katie Leclerc discovered her passion for acting in seventh grade when she got the lead role in a production of Annie.[6][7] 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.[8]



Title Role Notes
2009 Flying By Ally
2009 The Inner Circle Claire
2015 The Reckoning Katherine
2016 Holiday Breakup Kelly
2016 Stars Are Already Dead Ireland Post-production[needs update]
2017 Party Boat Kiley Direct-to-video film (Crackle)
2019 Round of Your Life Minka


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Veronica Mars Crystal Episode: "Silence of the Lamb"
2006 Fashion House Sara Recurring role (4 episodes)
2007 The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show Tokersville Queen Episode: "Salute to America"
2007 Saints & Sinners Bride Episode: "Dance, Dance Revolution"
2008 The Riches Teen Girl Episode: "Friday Night Lights"
2008 The Ex List Mila Episode: "Protect and Serve"
2010 The Hard Times of RJ Berger Deaf Girl Episode: "Lily Pad"
2011, 2017 The Big Bang Theory Emily Episodes: "The Wiggly Finger Catalyst", "The Emotion Detection Automation"
2011–2017 Switched at Birth Daphne Vasquez Lead role
2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Christine Episode: "Play Dead"
2013 My Synthesized Life Amanda Episodes: "Amanda", "A Disturbance in the Force"
2013 The Confession Katie Lapp Television film
2014 Community Carol Episode: "Analysis of Cork-Based Networking"
2015 Cloudy With a Chance of Love Debbie Metcalfe Television film
2015 The Reckoning Katie Lapp/Katherine Mayfield Television film
2017 Confess Auburn Reed Web series
2017 Psycho In-Law Tina Television film
2019 A Bride's Revenge Miya Television film
2019 Christmas a la Mode Emily Television film
2020 NCIS SSgt. Diana Murphy Episode: “Sound Off”

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Work Result Ref.
2011 Teen Choice Awards for Choice Breakout Star Switched at Birth Nominated [9]
2013 TwoCents TV Award for Drama Queens Switched at Birth Won [10]


  1. ^ "Katie Leclerc-Welcome (2011)". Retrieved June 14, 2011.
  2. ^ "Special Interview with ABC Family "Switched At Birth" Katie Leclerc". San Diego Entertainer magazine. July 15, 2011. Retrieved July 15, 2011.
  3. ^ "NY Post: Deaf actress Katie Leclerc unites hearing and deaf worlds on family drama, "Switched at Birth" (2011)". Retrieved June 14, 2011.
  4. ^ "Switched at Birth's Katie Leclerc Is Engaged". Retrieved November 2, 2013.
  5. ^ "Actress Katie Leclerc files for divorce from husband". TV3 (Ireland). July 27, 2017. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  6. ^ "Special Interview with ABC Family "Switched At Birth" Katie Leclerc". San Diego Entertainer magazine. July 15, 2011. Retrieved July 15, 2011.
  7. ^ "Twitter@katieleclerc "how old were you…"". June 10, 2013. Retrieved July 10, 2013.
  8. ^ "Ability Magazine: Katie Leclerc Interview with Chet Cooper" (2011)". Retrieved April 3, 2012.
  9. ^ "Blake Lively Wins Choice TV Drama Actress The Teen Choice Awards! Here Are More Winners!". Hollywood Life. August 7, 2011. Retrieved June 21, 2014.
  10. ^ Ng, Philiana (July 11, 2013). "2013 TwoCents TV Awards – Drama Categories". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 23, 2013.

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