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Katie Leclerc
Birthdate: November 6, 1986
Occupation: Actress
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Katie Leclerc is an American actress who plays Daphne Vasquez on Switched at Birth .

Personal LifeEdit

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. Her older sister also teaches ASL. At age 20, Katie 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 and Emma have Ménière's disease as well. Her symptoms were not present during childhood, so her speech has not been affected. She uses an accent on Switched at Birth to emphasize Daphne's hearing loss. On September 6, 2014, she married her long-time boyfriend, Brian Habecost. 


Katie 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.

Episodes in Switched at BirthEdit

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Season ThreeEdit

Filmography Edit

Year Title Role
2006 Gravy Train Lydia Faye
2009 Flying By Ally
2009 The Inner Circle Claire
2012 Seven Lanterns Rachel Hawthorne
2013 The Confession Katie Lapp
2014 The Ones Katie
2014 Caffeinated Coffee Lover

Television Edit

Year Title Role Episode
2005 Veronica Mars Crystal Silence of the Lamb
2006 Fashion House Sara Recurring role (4 episodes)
2007 The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show Tokersville Queen Salute to America
2007 Saints & Sinners Bride Dance, Dance Revolution
2008 The Riches Teen Girl Friday Night Lights
2008 The Ex List Mila Protect and Serve
2010 The Hard Times of RJ Berger Deaf Girl Lily Pad
2011 The John Kerwin Show Herself (guest) Katie Leclerc
2011 The Big Bang Theory Emily The Wiggly Finger Catalyst
2011-Present Switched at Birth Daphne Vasquez Lead role
2012 The Chew Herself (guest) Extra Value Friday
2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Christine Play Dead
2013 Teens Wanna Know Herself (guest) LA Times Festival of Books
2013 Good Day L.A. Herself (guest) March 4, 2013
2013 My Synthesized Life Amanda Amanda, A Disturbance Force
2014 Community Carol Analysis of Cork-Based Networking


  • Katie was bullied in school and often discusses it in interviews. She even joined ABC Family's Digital Drama campaign along with other ABC Family stars including her Switched at Birth costar Vanessa Marano
  • Katie adopted a dog she named Gus, an Australian Cattle Dog, who is deaf. She taught him how to understand sign language.
  • In November of 2013 Katie became engaged to her long-time boyfriend, real-estate agent Brian Stuart Habecost.
  • Despite the fact that Katie plays a teenager on Switched at Birth, she is actually 27 years old.
  • Much like Daphne on Switched at Birth, Katie loves to cook. Her parents even own a Chinese restaurant in San Antonio, Texas called "Fire Wok".
  • Katie is involved with many charities, including the Meniere's Disease Resource Foundation.
  • Katie often posts behind the scenes photos of Switched at Birth on her Instagram account katieleclerc.


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