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 Ashley Dunnfield in the television movie The Perfect Roommate.
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.
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 in the Toronto version of the play Dirty Dancing, and received critical acclaim for her lead role of Baby.
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 a daughter born in February 2017. In January 2019, Leggat announced her pregnancy with her second child, revealed to be another daughter four days later, who was born in May 2019.
|2004||Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen||Marcia|
|2009||The Jerk Theory||Britney||Uncredited|
|2015||People Hold On||Julia|
|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"|
- "Ashley Leggat". Hollywood.com. Retrieved April 27, 2016.
- Boer, Kees. "Ashley Leggat – Making a Difference in Kids' Lives" Archived March 7, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. positive-entertainment.com.
- Ashley Leggat's Official Facebook Page.
- Brendan Kelly (January 24, 2011). "Starz takes 'Vacation,' 'Baxter' from Shaftsbury Films". Variety. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
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- TAPA launches hipTIX Youth Invasion Video Series!, July 5, 2012.
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- "Day 4 Newsletter" (PDF). Flat Out Leadership CSLC 2012 CCLE. September 28, 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 17, 2013. Retrieved October 24, 2015.
- Leggat, Ashley [@AshleyLeggat] (May 2, 2012). "@ShaneFeldman You are the most inspirational person in my life! So proud of you and what was accomplished at CMIC! Thank you. XO" (Tweet). Retrieved October 24, 2015 – via Twitter.
- Stacey Grant (May 31, 2016). "These Life With Derek Siblings Grew Up Together, Then Reunited For A Film About Growing Up". MTV News. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
- Grant, Stacey (February 5, 2016). "Life With Derek: Where Is The Cast Now?". MTV News. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
- 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 February 20, 2017.
- Leggat, Ashley [@AshleyLeggat] (January 28, 2019). "I've always been a fan of sequels 😍" (Tweet). Retrieved March 4, 2019 – via Twitter.
- Leggat, Ashley [@AshleyLeggat] (February 1, 2019). "It's a.......... 💙💗💙💗💙💗???" (Tweet). Retrieved March 4, 2019 – via Twitter.
- 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 July 16, 2019 – via Twitter.