Charming, sweet and utterly captivating have all been used to describe this Canadian beauty. Ashley Leggat, a twice Gemini nominated actress, was born into a large family in Hamilton, Ontario. She joined her parents, Roy (a car dealer) and Patty (a former Secondary School teacher) and four older brothers –Rob, Brett, and twins Todd and Bram. Ashley’s four brothers, all very athletic, played hockey in the winters and baseball in the summers, meaning she basically grew up in arenas and baseball parks.
Ashley never actually walked –she danced, so when she was two and a half she started Baby Ballet –and she fell in love. This was the beginning of Ashley’s passion for dance. Until she graduated from high school, Ashley danced competitively in the top divisions in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, acrobatics, lyrical, musical theatre and hip hop. She was crowned the top soloist awards at all of the major dance competitions including, International Dance Challenge, Showstoppers, 5-6-7-8 Showtime, Flash Dance, and Dance, Dance, Dance to name a few. Ashley excelled in all aspects of her dance career, but another passion had already taken her heart.
When Ashley was just eight she heard about a summer school acting program at Theatre Aquarius in Hamilton and insisted that she had to attend. Theatre became Ashley’s second passion and without hesitation, she auditioned and won the coveted role in her first professional theatrical role of Marta in “The Sound of Music”. Over the next four years, this young star managed to combine her school work, 30 hours a week of dancing, and continued her acting career by starring in the following plays: “Jekyll and Hyde”, “Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang”, “The Wizard of Oz”, “Anne of Green Gables”, “Cinderella”, and “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe”. When she was thirteen she won the role of Clara in “The Nutcracker”.
That same year, the young theatre veteran began to work in television and movies, and quickly discovered this was her third passion. Her first TV role was to star in “Real Kids, Real Adventures”. She shone on set and there was no looking back. By the time she was just eighteen she had recurring roles on: “I was a Sixth Grade Alien”, “Ace Lightning”, and guest starred in “The Zack Files”, and “In A Heartbeat” (Shawn Ashmore). She appeared in Disney’s “Cadet Kelly” (Hilary Duff), “What Girls Learn”, (Elizabeth Perkins), ABC’s MOW “The Music Man” (Matthew Broderick), and “A Very Married Christmas” (Joe Mategna). Next, she hit the big screen with a lead role in “Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen” (Lindsay Lohan and Megan Fox).
On her eighteenth birthday she decided she would put her acting career on hold to attend University in pursuit of a teaching degree, but fate had other plans for her. One week after classes began, she got an offer she couldn’t refuse. Ashley had won the sought after lead role of Casey in “Life With Derek” and she made the decision to put school on hold. The next four years were an exciting adventure, collaborating with Shaftesbury Productions on this incredibly successful show. “Life with Derek” was ultimately sold to Disney and shown in over 100 countries around the world, breaking records on many networks. The success of this show led to a movie called “Vacation with Derek” which opened to the highest ratings ever recorded by Family Channel and earned her second Gemini nomination for Best Actress.
During breaks from shooting “Life with Derek”, Ashley was a recurring character on “Darcy’s Wild Life” (Sara Paxton), a regular on the new genre TV series “11 Cameras”, and guest starred on “The Latest Buzz”, “Aaron Stone”, and “Unnatural History”.
In 2008, a rare opportunity came to this rising star’s lap. She was asked to play Baby in “Dirty Dancing” at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto. Although she hadn’t been on stage in nearly ten years, she returned with a vengeance and won critical acclaim for her dead on portrayal of Baby.
Following a year back in the spotlight of the theatre, she returned to the small screen guest-starring in the popular TV show “Murdoch Mysteries”. Ashley had a lead role in MTV’s “Made, The Movie”, the feature film “My Dog’s Christmas Miracle” (Cynthia Gibb) and “The Perfect Roommate”.
Ashley recently guest starred on one of her favorite prime time shows “Criminal Minds”. She then went on to join the popular Hallmark “The Good Witch Series” filming 3 movies, “The Good Witch’s Charm”, “The Good Witch’s Destiny”, and “The Good Witch’s Wonder”. Soon after, she filmed her second Lifetime movie “The Perfect Boss”.
More recently, Ashley completed filming 5 episodes of “The Next Step” for Family Channel, where she will play herself. She then filmed another Lifetime Movie called “Imposter Online”. Ashley’s most recent credits are “People Hold On”, a movie directed by her Life With Derek co-star, Michael Seater, and a recurring role on Hallmark’s newest television series, “Good Witch”. These projects will all be released later this year, and in 2016.
In her personal life, Ashley is heavily involved with children’s hospitals, spending her spare time fundraising for McMaster Sick Kids Hospital, Toronto Sick Kids, and Manitoba Hospital for Children. She is also a huge advocate for anti-bullying, and has toured across Canada to help the cause.
She most enjoys spending time with her family and close friends, and deeply loved her “fur-baby” Teacup Yorkie, Rambo –who had also had cameos in many of her TV shows and movies. Sadly, Rambo passed away this year and there is a big hole in Ashley’s heart.
As for her love life, Ashley married her long time boyfriend Jeremy Williams in 2011. Jeremy is a successful hockey player, formerly with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings organization, and New York Rangers organization. Most recently he played in Austria and Germany, and he currently plays in Sweden, where Ashley joins him in her off time.
Ashley Leggat (born September 26, 1986) is a Canadian actress. She is known for her roles as Casey McDonald in the Canadian family comedy series Life with Derek and as Tiffany in the MTV television film Made... The Movie.
Leggat was born in Hamilton, Ontario, and has Scottish and Irish ancestry on her mother's side. 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. Leggat 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.
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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 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.
Leggat starred as Baby in the Toronto version of the play Dirty Dancing in 2008. In 2010, Leggat was cast in MTV's Made... The Movie as the main antagonist, Tiffany. In 2011, Leggat starred as Ashley Dunnfield in the Lifetime television movie The Perfect Roommate. In 2015, she starred in the independent film People Hold On, directed by Life with Derek co-star Michael Seater.
Leggat is a supporter of Count Me In, the largest youth-led movement of its kind. Based in Canada and founded by activist Shane Feldman, 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. 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 tweeted her support for Count Me In.
Leggat has four older brothers. She is close friends with her Life with Derek co-star Michael Seater.
In 2011, she married longtime boyfriend, hockey player Jeremy Williams. They have two daughters.
|1999||Real Kids, Real Adventures||Michelle||Episode: "Heimlich Hero: The Michelle Shreffler Story"|
|2000||I Was a Sixth Grade Alien||Stacey||4 episodes|
|2000–2001||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|
|2004||The Blobheads||Misty||2 episodes|
|2004||A Very Married Christmas||Danielle||TV movie|
|2004||Ace Lightning||Kat Adams||13 episodes|
|2005–2009||Life with Derek||Casey McDonald||Co-lead role, 70 episodes|
|2005–2006||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|
|2010||Aaron Stone||Nikki York||Episode: "My Own Private Superhero"|
|2010||Murdoch Mysteries||Ivy/Queen of Swords||Episode: "Blood and Circuses"|
|2010||Unnatural History||Whitney Coleman||Episode: "Sleeper in a Box"|
|2010||Made...The Movie||Tiffany||TV movie|
|2011||The Perfect Roommate||Ashley Dunnfield||TV movie|
|2011–2012||Totally Amp'd||Zoe Jones||Web series; main role, 9 episodes|
|2012||Criminal Minds||Sloan||Episode: "Profiling 101"|
|2012||The Good Witch's Charm||Tara||TV movie|
|2013||The Perfect Boss||Renee Renfro||TV movie|
|2013||The Good Witch's Destiny||Tara||TV movie|
|2014||The Good Witch's Wonder||Tara||TV movie|
|2015||Good Witch||Tara||3 episodes|
|2015||The Perfect Girlfriend||Jensyn Bannet||TV movie|
|2015||We Are Disorderly||Poppy||Web series (YouTube); Episode: "Our Girlfriend"|
|2015||The Next Step||Herself||3 episodes|
|2015||Charming Christmas||Jessie||TV movie|
|2016||Suits||Naomi||Episode: "Back on the Map"|
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- ^Leggat, Ashley (February 19, 2017). "On 02/17/17 at 1:10pm, Olivia Patricia Anne Williams said, "That's it, I'm bustin out of here" and surprised us all by arriving 2.5 weeks early. We are so in love with our little 7lb princess". Instagram. Retrieved 2017-02-20.
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- ^Leggat, Ashley [@AshleyLeggat] (May 19, 2019). "London Marie Williams joined us on May 17, 2019. 7lbs 10oz of pure snuggly love. Mama, Dada, Livi and Oaky couldn't be more thrilled" (Tweet). Retrieved 2019-07-16 – via Twitter.
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|Birth name||Ashley Margaret Anne Leggat|
|Born||September 26, 1986 (1986-09-26) (age 35 |
Acting: Comedy, Drama
|Occupation(s)||Actress, Spokesperson, Model, Dancer|
|Years active||1989–present (actress)|
|Website||Ashley Leggat IMDb|
Ashley Margaret Anne Leggat is a Canadian actress, singer and dancer who is known for her roles as Casey McDonald in the series Life with Derek, Brittany MacMillan in the Discovery Kids series Darcy's Wild Life and as "Kelly" in the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation series 11 Cameras. She also played a small role in the film Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen.
Life & career
Leggat was born on September 26, 1986 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and has Scottish and Irish ancestry on her mother's side.
When she was just five years old, the Hamilton, ON native began her theatrical training with Theatre Aquarius’ Performing Arts Program under the direction of Lou Zamprogna. That same year, Leggat made her professional theatre debut playing Marta in Theatre Aquarius’ 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 Hamilton Place.
Leggat also has amassed an impressive list of credits on the big and small screens. She appeared in the Disney feature Confessions Of A Teenage Drama Queen as Marcia, also starring Lindsay Lohan, 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 Disney. She performed a guest lead role on the popular series Real Kids, Real Adventures, and a lead role on the CBC Radio drama Articles of Faith. As well, she appeared in the cable feature What Girls Learn, starring Elizabeth Perkins and Scott Bakula; the Disney television movies The Music Man, starring Matthew Broderick. The comedy series The Blobheads, and the fantasy sci-fi series The Zack Files. In 2005, Leggat performed in Moze Mossanen's short film Roxana as part of CBC's "Opening Night" series.
Leggat now stars in the Toronto version of the hit play "Dirty Dancing" and has received critical acclaim for her lead role of "Baby". She is currently filming her new project, The Jerk Theory.
|2000-01||I Was a Sixth Grade Alien||Stacey||4 episodes|
|2000-01||In a Heartbeat||Michelle||3 episodes|
|2001||What Girls Learn||Libbie||made for television (Showtime Networks)|
|2002||The Zack Files||Kristen||1 episode|
|2003||The Music Man||Actor/dancer||uncredited|
|2004||The Blobheads||Misty||2 episodes|
|Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen||Marcia||Supporting|
|A Very Married Christmas||Danielle||made for television (CBS Television)|
|Ace Lightning||Kat Adams||Season 2|
|2005-09||Life with Derek||Casey McDonald||Main role|
|2005-06||Darcy's Wild Life||Brittany McMillan||5 episodes / Recurring|
|2006-06||11 Cameras||Kelly||Main role|
|2008||The Latest Buzz||Herself||Guest star|
|2010||The Jerk Theory||Britney||Minor role|
Ashley Margaret Anne Leggat
September 26, 1986 (age 34)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Roy Leggat (father)
Patty Leggat (mother)
Rob Leggat (brother)
Brett Leggat (brother)
Todd Leggat (brother)
Bram Leggat (brother)
Ashley Margaret Anne Leggat is a Canadian actress best known for her roles in Life with Derek and The Perfect Roommate.
Leggat was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, on September 26, 1986. At some point, she aspired to become an actress. Leggat began training at Theatre Aquarius's Performing Arts Program. That same year, Leggat made her theatre debut as Marta in The Sound of Music. She went on to perform in several other 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. In addition to these productions, she portrayed Clara in The Nutcracker at the Hamilton Place Theatre. Beginning in 2004, she transitioned to appearances in feature films and made-for-TV movies. Leggat's first roles were in Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, A Very Married Christmas (which also starred Joe Mantegna), and Ace Lightning.
Leggat later performed concurrent recurring roles on the TV series I Was a Sixth Grade Alien and In a Heartbeat. She then performed roles in Real Kids, Real Adventures, Articles of Faith, What Girls Learn, The Music Man, The Blobheads, and The Zack Files. In 2005, Leggat performed in the short film Roxana as part of CBC's "Opening Night" series. In 2005, Leggat was cast as Casey McDonald in the Family Channel-produced family-comedy series Life with Derek. The series ran for four seasons before ending its run in 2009. She then starred in the Toronto version of the play Dirty Dancing, and received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Baby. In 2010, Leggat was cast in MTV's Made... The Movie as the main antagonist. In her personal life, in 2011, she married her longtime boyfriend, hockey player Jeremy Williams, and they are expecting a baby in March 2017.
On Criminal Minds
Leggat portrayed college student Sloan in the Season Seven episode "Profiling 101".
- Suits (2016) as Naomi
- Day Players (2016) as Veronica Blackwell (short)
- Good Witch (2015-2016) as Tara Russell (4 episodes)
- Charming Christmas (2015) as Jessie
- People Hold On (2015) as Julia
- We Are Disorderly (2015) as Poppy
- The Perfect Girlfriend (2015) as Jensyn Bannet
- The Good Witch's Wonder (2014) as Tara
- The Good Witch's Destiny (2013) as Tara
- The Perfect Boss (2013) as Renee Renfro
- The Good Witch's Charm (2012) as Tara
- Criminal Minds - "Profiling 101" (2012) TV episode - Sloan
- Totally Amp'd (2011-2012) as Zoe (10 episodes)
- Cinnamon (2011) as Chloe Walters (video)
- The Perfect Roommate (2011) as Ashley Dunnfield
- Made... The Movie (2010) as Tiffany
- Unnatural History (2010) as Whitney Coleman
- Vacation with Derek (2010) as Casey MacDonald
- Murdoch Mysteries (2010) as Ivy
- Aaron Stone (2010) as Nikki York
- The Jerk Theory (2009) as Britney (uncredited)
- Life with Derek (2005-2009) as Casey MacDonald (70 episodes)
- 11 Cameras (2006) as Kelly (20 episodes)
- Darcy's Wild Life (2005-2006) as Brittany MacMillan (5 episodes)
- Ace Lightning (2004) as Kat Adams (13 episodes)
- A Very Married Christmas (2004) as Teenage Girl
- Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004) as Marcia
- The Blobheads (2004) as Misty (2 episodes)
- The Music Man (2003) as Actor/Dancer (uncredited)
- The Zack Files (2002) as Kristen
- What Girls Learn (2001) as Libbie
- In a Heartbeat (2000-2001) as Michelle (4 episodes)
- My Best Friend Is an Alien (2000) as Stacey (4 episodes)
- Real Kids, Real Adventures (1999) as Michelle
For an up-to-date filmography, see here.
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