played by Katie Leclerc
Katie Leclerc stars as Daphne Vasquez, a hearing-impaired teenager whose world is turned around when she discovers she was switched at birth. Her biological family -- a mother, father, and brother who live on the wealthy side of the tracks -- seems a far cry from her working-class home, headed by a single mother.
Katie Leclerc (La-clair) grew up in Lakewood, Colorado, the youngest of three siblings in a close-knit family. In grade school, her spunky personality and megawatt smile won her the lead role in a production of “Annie.” It was in this play that she discovered her passion for acting, while juggling other after-school activities such as basketball, choir and dance. When her family moved to San Diego, Leclerc continued to pursue theatre at Valley Center High. She started booking commercials -- Pepsi, Cingular, Comcast, and GE. Then she got her first big break, a role on the cult favorite TV show, “Veronica Mars,” starring Kristen Bell.
Leclerc 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 she loves to cook, and is 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.