Ashley Leggat

Ashley Leggat (born September 26, 1986[1]) 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.

Ashley Leggat
Born (1986-09-26) September 26, 1986
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Years active1999–present
(m. 2011)

Early life

Leggat was born in Hamilton, Ontario,[1] and has Scottish and Irish ancestry on her mother's side.[2] 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[3] 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.[4]

Leggat starred in the Toronto version of the play Dirty Dancing,[5] and received critical acclaim for her lead role of Baby.

In 2010, Leggat was cast in MTV's Made... The Movie as the main antagonist, Tiffany.[6] 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,[7] the largest youth-led movement of its kind.[8][9] 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.[10] 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.[11]

Personal life

Leggat has four older brothers.[2] She is close friends with her Life with Derek co-star Michael Seater.[12]

In 2011, she married longtime boyfriend, hockey player Jeremy Williams.[13] They have a daughter born in February 2017.[14] In January 2019, Leggat announced her pregnancy with her second child,[15] revealed to be another daughter four days later,[16] who was born in May 2019.[17]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen Marcia
2009 The Jerk Theory Britney Uncredited
2011 Cinnamon Chloe Walters Straight-to-video
2015 People Hold On Julia
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
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"


  1. "Ashley Leggat". Retrieved April 27, 2016.
  2. Boer, Kees. "Ashley Leggat  Making a Difference in Kids' Lives" Archived March 7, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. Ashley Leggat's Official Facebook Page.
  4. Brendan Kelly (January 24, 2011). "Starz takes 'Vacation,' 'Baxter' from Shaftsbury Films". Variety. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  5. Rita Zekas (September 13, 2008). "Dirty Dancing keeps her in awards shape". Toronto Star. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  6. Brian Lowry (August 22, 2010). "Review: 'Made: The Movie'". Variety. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  7. "Count Me In Youth-Led Movement". Count Me In Youth Initiative, Inc.
  8. TAPA launches hipTIX Youth Invasion Video Series!, July 5, 2012.
  9. Elora Crawford (May 2, 2012). "Teens urged to make a difference". Metroland Media Group Ltd. Archived from the original on May 3, 2012. Retrieved October 24, 2015.
  10. "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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Grant, Stacey (February 5, 2016). "Life With Derek: Where Is The Cast Now?". MTV News. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  14. 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.
  15. Leggat, Ashley [@AshleyLeggat] (January 28, 2019). "I've always been a fan of sequels 😍" (Tweet). Retrieved March 4, 2019 via Twitter.
  16. Leggat, Ashley [@AshleyLeggat] (February 1, 2019). "It's a.......... 💙💗💙💗💙💗???" (Tweet). Retrieved March 4, 2019 via Twitter.
  17. 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.
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