Katie Leclerc is an American actress best known for her starring role as Daphne Vasquez in the family drama television series Switched at Birth.
Leclerc grew up in Lakewood, Colorado, the youngest of three siblings in a close-knit family. In grade school, Katie's spunky personality and megawatt smile won her the lead role in a production of Annie.
It was in this play that Katie discovered her passion for acting, while juggling other after-school activities such as basketball, choir and dance.
When her family moved to San Diego, Katie continued to pursue theatre at Valley Center High. She started booking commercials: Pepsi, Cingular, Comcast, GE. Then she got her first big break - a role on the cult favourite TV show, Veronica Mars, starring Kristen Bell.
Katie has continued to work in television. Her TV credits include The Riches, The Ex List, and The Hard Times of RJ Berger. She starred in the feature film The Inner Circle and was also in the feature Flying By with Billy Ray Cyrus.
At home, Katie loves to cook, and she's quite excellent at it. You can often find her hiking away the calories from her sinfully delicious concoctions on one of L.A.'s hidden trails.
Katie Leclerc has Ménière's disease, a disorder of the inner ear that can affect hearing and balance to a varying degree. It is characterized by episodes of vertigo and tinnitus and degenerative hearing loss.
Leclerc is fluent in American Sign Language.