Played by Annaleigh Ashford
In addition to making an indelible mark on stage, the Tony Award winning actress Annaleigh Ashford continues to shine on screen.
In 2016, Ashford will reprise her role as ‘Betty DiMello’ on Showtime’s Golden Globe, Emmy, and Critics’ Choice nominated series MASTERS OF SEX. She will begin production in June on the fourth season of the one-hour drama, in which she co-stars opposite Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, who portray the real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality William Masters and Virginia Johnson.
Most recently, Annaleigh completed filming the role of Columbia is FOX TV’s ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW that will air later this year.
Prior to that Ashford starred on Broadway opposite Matthew Broderick, in the title role of the revival of playwright A.R. Gurney’s SYLVIA at the Shubert Theater.
In 2015, Ashford won a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics’ Circle Award for her portrayal as ‘Essie Carmichael’ in the Broadway Revival of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU. She starred alongside James Earl Jones and Rose Byrne in the show which ran from August 26, 2014 to January 4, 2015.
Following her Broadway run, Ashford reclaimed her spot starring in her cabaret performance titled ‘ANNALEIGH ASHFORD - LOST IN THE STARS’ at ’54 Below’ in New York City. The critically acclaimed show was musically directed by Will Van Dyke.
Ashford completed her Tony Award nominated turn in Harvey Fierstein and Cindy Lauper’s Tony Award winning KINKY BOOTS, directed by Jerry Mitchell in 2013. Her role as Lauren earned her a nomination for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in Musical as well as a nomination for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical. Additionally, she won The Clarence Derwent Award in 2013, which honors the most promising female and male performer on the New York metropolitan scene in a given year.
In 2004, Annaleigh met NYC nightlife personality and rock DJ performance artist Lady Starlight and was invited to make her performance art debut go-go dancing at the 70’s glam rock party “Lady Starlight’s English Disco,” where she was christened Hollywood Starr. Annaleigh’s first professional New York acting job was playing Natalie at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in Tom Kit and Brian Yorkey’s FEELING ELECTRIC which became The Pulitzer Prize winning “Next to Normal.”
On Broadway she has starred as Glinda in WICKED, as Jeannie in the critically acclaimed revival HAIR, and made her Broadway debut as the original Margot in LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL. Off-Broadway she portrayed Maureen in the Michael Greif revival of RENT, for which she was nominated for a Drama League Award and Clive Barnes Award. She next played the toothless hooker Marcie in Joe Mantello’s musical DOG FIGHT.
In 2008 Annaleigh made her film debut in SEX AND THE CITY: THE MOVIE and next appeared in the Jonathan Demme film RACHEL GETTING MARRIED, as the 7-11 counter girl. On the big screen, she will next be seen in independent film FRANNY, starring Francis Fisher. She recently wrapped production on Benjamin Fox’s New York based romantic comedy STEREOTYPICALLY YOU, opposite Aaron Tveit, Kal Penn and Lauren Miller. Annaleigh has had various roles on television shows including the single-camera Greg Garcia project SUPER CLYDE, Showtime’s THE BIG C and NURSE JACKIE, CBS’s A GIFTED MAN, and NBC’s LAW & ORDER and SMASH.
Additionally, she voiced a small troll in Disney’s critically-acclaimed and Academy Award winning animated feature FROZEN, opposite Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel.
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