Annaleigh Ashford is a Tony Award-winning actress perhaps best known for her work on television as Betty in SHOWTIME’s critically acclaimed drama “Masters of Sex,” on Broadway as Lauren in “Kinky Boots” with Billy Porter, and most recently, as Dot in the revival of Stephen Sondheim’s “Sunday in the Park with George” opposite Jake Gyllenhaal. She won a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award for her performance as Essie Carmichael in the revival of “You Can’t Take It with You” opposite James Earl Jones and Rose Byrne.
Ashford’s other television credits include “Bad Education,” “Unbelievable,” “Versace: American Crime Story,” “Younger,” SHOWTIME’s “Nurse Jackie” and “The Big C,” as well as “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Smash.” She starred in EVIL and “God Friended Me” on the Network and THE GOOD FIGHT on CBS All Access. Television specials include “Annaleigh Ashford: Live from Lincoln Center,” “Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again.” She can be seen in the feature films “Late Night” with Emma Thompson and “Second Act” with Jennifer Lopez, among others.
Her additional Broadway credits include the title character in “Sylvia” opposite Matthew Broderick, Jeannie in “Hair,” Margot in “Legally Blonde” and Glinda in “Wicked.” Off Broadway credits include Helena in the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Maureen Johnson in “Rent” at New World Stages, and Marcy in “Dogfight” at Second Stage.
Ashford is set to star opposite Sarah Paulson and Beanie Feldstein in Ryan Murphy’s FX miniseries “American Crime Story: Impeachment” as Paula Jones.
Born and raised in Denver, Ashford earned a degree in theater from Marymount Manhattan College. Her birthdate is June 25. Follow her on Instagram @annaleighashford.