Katie Leclerc

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Katie Leclerc

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Katie Leclerc
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Katie Leclerc at O Holy Night in June 2011.
Born Katie Lynn Leclerc
(1986-11-06) November 6, 1986 (age 30)
San Antonio, Texas, United States
Nationality American
Other names Kate
Occupation Actress, Producer
Years active 2005-present
Known for Switched at Birth
Spouse(s) Brian Habecost (m. 2014)
Website www.katieleclerc.com

Katie Lynn Leclerc (born November 6, 1986)[1] is an American actress. 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 the youngest of three siblings.[2] She started learning American Sign Language at 17, before she found out she had a disorder which includes hearing loss. Her older sister also teaches ASL. At age 20, Leclerc was diagnosed with Ménière’s disease, a degenerative inner ear disorder, the symptoms of which include fluctuating hearing loss and vertigo.[3] Both her father and older sister have Ménière’s disease as well.[4]

She married longtime boyfriend Brian Habecost, a real estate salesman, on September 6, 2014.[5]

Career[edit]

Katie Leclerc discovered her passion for acting in seventh grade when she got the lead role in a production of Annie.[3][6] 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.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Gravy Train Lydia Faye Short film
2009 Flying By Ally
2009 The Inner Circle Claire
2012 Seven Lanterns Rachel Hawthorne Short film
2015 The Ones Katie Post-production
2015 Mesmerized Kate Hawthorne Post-production
2015 Holiday Breakup Kelly
2016 Stars Are Already Dead Ireland Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Veronica Mars Crystal Episode: “Silence of the Lamb
2006 Fashion House Sara Recurring role (4 episodes)
2007 Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show, TheThe Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show Tokersville Queen Episode: “Salute to America”
2007 Saints & Sinners Bride Episode: “Dance, Dance Revolution”
2008 Riches, TheThe Riches Teen Girl Episode: “Friday Night Lights”
2008 Ex List, TheThe Ex List Mila Episode: “Protect and Serve”
2010 Hard Times of RJ Berger, TheThe Hard Times of RJ Berger Deaf Girl Episode: “Lily Pad”
2011, 2017 Big Bang Theory, TheThe 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 TV film
2014 Community Carol Episode: “Analysis of Cork-Based Networking
2015 Cloudy With a Chance of Love Debbie Metcalfe TV film
2015 The Reckoning Katie Lapp/Katherine Mayfield TV film
2017 Confess Auburn Reed Web series

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Work Result Ref
2011 Teen Choice Awards for Choice Breakout Star Switched at Birth Nominated [8]
2013 TwoCents TV Award for Drama Queens Switched at Birth Won [9]
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