Annaleigh Amanda Ashford was born on 25th June 1985 in Denver, Colorado. She is an American singer, dancer and actress. She is well known for originating Lauren’s role in Kinky Boots, and her performance brought her a Tony Award nomination.
After college, she got her big break performing in Wicked as a supporting role and also understudying the role of Glinda. Later, she made her Broadway debut in Legally Blonde: The Musical, originating the role of Margot. Ashford made her film debut playing a small part in Sex and the City: The Movie.
In 2013, she became the voice artist for a troll in the smash-hit animated film, Frozen. In the same year, she joined the Broadway production of Kinky Boots, reprising the role of Lauren. Her role brought her a Tony and a Drama Desk nomination.
Her award wins include Favorite Funny Performance (Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards, 2013); Clarence Derwent Award for Most Promising Female Performer (Clarence Derwent Awards, 2013); Favorite Featured Actress in a Play (Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards, 2015); Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play (Drama Desk Awards, 2015); Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play (Outer Critics Circle, 2015) and Best Featured Actress in a Play (Tony Awards, 2015).
Ashford’s many theatre credits include Feeling Electric (2005); Wicked (2005-06); Legally Blonde (2007); Hair (2010); Assassins (2012); Sylvia (2015-16) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2017).
She has worked in various films like Sex and the City (2008); Frozen (2013); Top Five (2014); Unicorn Store (2017); A Rainy Day in New York (2019) and American Reject (2020).
Some of her television Legally Blonde: The Musial (2007); Law & Order (2010, 1 episode); The Big C (2011, 1 episode); Made in Jersey (2012, 1 episode); Pleasant Events (2016); Southern Hospitality (2018) and Unbelievable (2019, 3 episodes).