Katie Leclerc at O Holy Night in June 2011.
|Born||Katie Lynn Leclerc
(1986-11-06) November 6, 1986
San Antonio, Texas, United States
|Known for||Switched at Birth|
|Spouse(s)||Brian Habecost (m. 2014)|
Katie Lynn Leclerc (born November 6, 1986) 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.
Katie Leclerc was born in San Antonio, Texas, and grew up in Lakewood, Colorado. She is the youngest of three siblings. 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. Both her father and older sister have Ménière’s disease as well.
She married longtime boyfriend Brian Habecost, a real estate salesman, on September 6, 2014.
Katie Leclerc discovered her passion for acting in seventh grade when she got the lead role in a production of Annie. 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.
|2006||Gravy Train||Lydia Faye||Short film|
|2009||The Inner Circle||Claire|
|2012||Seven Lanterns||Rachel Hawthorne||Short film|
|2016||Stars Are Already Dead||Ireland||Post-production|
|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
|2011||Teen Choice Awards for Choice Breakout Star||Switched at Birth||Nominated|||
|2013||TwoCents TV Award for Drama Queens||Switched at Birth||Won|||