Chyler Leigh West is an American actress, singer and model. She began her career with a main role in the film 'Kickboxing Academy'. Two years later, she started appearing in the series 'Safe Harbor' in one of the main roles. She later gained prominence for her role in 'That '80s Show', a comedy series revolving around the lives of a group of friends. Her fame continued to grow after her appearance in the TV series 'Grey's Anatomy'. The series earned huge popularity, winning the 'Golden Globe Award' for the Best Drama Television Series. It earned two Emmy nominations as well. She has also appeared in several films in her career, such as the TV movie 'The 19th Wife', where she played the lead role, and the thriller film 'Brake'. She has been playing a main role in the TV series 'Supergirl', based on the DC Comics superhero of the same name. The series has been praised by critics and has also won several awards including two Saturn awards. During the early years of her career, Leigh suffered from drug abuse. Later, she attended a Christian church service with a friend, which helped her recover.
Childhood & Early Life
Chyler Leigh was born in Charlotte, North Carolina on 10th April 1982. Her mother's name is Yvonne Norton and her father is Robert Potts. Her parents ran a weight-loss business in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where Leigh grew up. Her parents divorced when she was twelve, after which Leigh along with her brother and mother moved to Miami. Shortly after, her mother got remarried to her first husband.
She started modeling when she was in eighth grade. She also started appearing in television commercials and acted in a teen news show 'Hall Pass'. Later, she moved to Los Angeles with her mother in order to pursue an acting career.
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Chyler Leigh made her film debut in 1997 with a main role in 'Kickboxing Academy'. She also started appearing as a host on TV shows. In 2001, she found success playing the lead role in the teen comedy film 'Not Another Teen Movie'. The film did well commercially, earning more than four times its budget. However it received negative reviews.
The following year, she played a lawyer in the TV series 'Girls Club'. The show fared poorly, receiving low ratings. It aired for only one season. The same year, she also played a main role in the series 'That '80s Show'.
In 2003, she appeared in a role in the TV series 'The Practice,' which had been airing from 1997. The series won multiple Golden Globe awards as well as several Emmy awards.
In late 2005, she appeared in the drama series 'Reunion' playing a main role. The series was cancelled after just nine episodes due to low ratings. From 2007 to 2012, she played an important role in the TV series 'Grey's Anatomy'. The show earned huge popularity, also winning four Emmy awards.
In 2010, she was seen in a lead role in the film 'The 19th Wife'. It was an adaptation of a novel of the same name by David Ebershoff. She next played a main role in the 2012 American thriller film 'Brake'.
In 2014, she played the lead role in 'Taxi Brooklyn' a TV series, where she played a police detective. The following year, she was seen in the TV series 'Supergirl'. The series, which has been airing since 2015, has earned a lot of popularity. It has won several awards as well.
One of the important works of Chyler Leigh's career is her work in the TV series 'Grey's Anatomy'. The show is about the lives of surgical interns, residents, and attending physicians. The show has been running from 2005 and is one of the highest rated shows in the United States. It has won four Emmy Awards and also a Golden Globe Award.
Leigh is known for her role in the superhero TV series 'Supergirl' which has been airing from 2015. The show revolves around the female superhero 'Supergirl' who is a cousin of the famed D.C. comics superhero 'Superman'. The series has received positive reviews from critics. It has won several awards as well.
Awards & Achievements
Chyler Leigh’s work in the TV series 'Safe Harbor' got her nominated (with the rest of the cast) for a Young Artist Award for 'Best Performance in a TV Series by Young Ensemble'.
Leigh won a 'Young Hollywood Award' in 2002 for New Exciting Female Face.
She (and the rest of the cast) was nominated for a 'Screen Actors Guild Award' for 'Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series' for her work in 'Grey's Anatomy'.
Chyler Leigh married actor Nathan West in July 2002. The couple has a son named Noah and two daughters named Taelyn and Anniston. She lives with her family in Los Angeles.
She had suffered from drug addiction during the early years of her career. She broke free from her addiction after she attended a Christian church service with a friend.
She had co-produced the 2012 film ‘Brake’.
She is a devout Christian.