As the World Turns
TV actress Ashley Williams, the younger sister of "Father of the Bride" and "According to Jim" star Kimberly Williams, entered show business at age 14 by appearing in a commercial. After her acting debut in Mike Binder's dramatic comedy "Indian Summer" (1993), she got her first break when she snagged the role of Danielle 'Dani' Andropoulos (1995-2001) in the CBS long running soap opera "As the World Turns," which earned her a YoungStar nomination for Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Daytime TV Program.
Ashley was also a regular on "Good Morning, Miami" (as Dylan Messinger; 2002-2004) and "Side Order of Life" (as Becca; 2007). She had recurring roles in "How I Met Your Mother" (as Victoria; 2006), "E-Ring" (as Beth Wilkerson; 2005-2006), and "Huff" (as Alyssa; 2006). She has also guest starred in "Dawson's Creek," "American Dreams," and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," and in a string of TV movies and pilots.
The 5' 7" New York born beauty was named the fall "It" girl of 2002. She often appears at many celebrity charity fundraisers, especially for AIDS.
“It’s a joke on the set because all my friends are in New York and I am always on my phone. The 'Will & Grace' people [who shoot next door] are like, 'what’s her deal?’” Ashley Williams
Childhood and Family:
"The concept that Kimberly and I have that one individual can make a difference came from our mom, who is a fund raiser for the Michael J. Fox Foundation. When I was 6 years old, I saw a story about children and mud slides in Central America and I burst into tears of despair. I felt there was nothing that I, a little girl in Rye, N.Y., could do to help, but she said, ‘Oh, yes there is.’ We marched down to our church together, talked to the rector, and two days later we had organized this huge benefit. My mom taught me to be direct, jump in and take action." Ashley Williams
In Westchester County, New York, Ashley Churchill Williams was born on November 12, 1978. The youngest child to a freelance medical journalist father and a mother who works as a fund raiser for the Michael J. Fox Parkinson's Research Foundation, Ashley has an older brother named Jay Williams, who is a firefighter and paramedic in Los Angeles County, and an older sister, actress Kimberly Williams (born on September 14, 1971), who is best known for her role in the “Father of the Bride” films (1991 & 1995) and currently stars on the show “According to Jim.” Her brother-in-law is country music star Brad Paisley, who married Kimberly in 2003.
Ashley attended Rye High School in Rye, New York, and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Boston University’s Theatre Conservatory in 2001. She also studied at RADA and LAMDA in London, England, in 1999.
Ashley lived in an apartment on Brighton Avenue in Allston during her senior year at Boston University. She lived in New York City for about a year before moving to Los Angeles to work on "Good Morning, Miami" (2002). Ashley, who has been writing in diaries since she was little (and has so far filled up 37 of them), enjoys writing, doing yoga, running and hiking in her spare time.
Side Order of Life
At age 14, Ashley Williams was seen in a commercial for the local health care commission. The following year, she made her big screen acting debut alongside her older sister Kimberly in the 1993 comedy written and directed by Mike Binder, “Indian Summer,” starring Alan Arkin.
Two years later, she received her first break when she snagged the role of Danielle 'Dani' Andropoulos in the CBS long running soap opera "As the World Turns." She stayed on the show from 1995 to 2001 and received a YoungStar nomination for Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Daytime TV Program for her work.
A member of the Acting Company at the prestigious Williamstown Theatre Festival at Williams College in Massachusetts, Ashley understudied for Rachel Weisz and Gretchen Mol in the off-Broadway play "The Shape Of Things" written and directed by Neil LaBute.
After her contract with "As the World Turns" ended, Ashley landed the costarring role of Dylan Messinger, the love interest of Mark Feuerstein's lead character Jake Silver, in the NBC sitcom "Good Morning, Miami." The show that was created by "Will & Grace" producers David Kohan and Max Mutchnick ran from 2002 to 2004. During her "Good Morning, Miami" stint, Ashley was also spotted as a guest in an episode of the WB teen soap opera "Dawson's Creek" and NBC’s "American Dreams." She also costarred with Thomas Cavanagh in the family drama TV movie "Snow" (2004) and played the lead role in Patricia K. Meyer's 30-minute short film "The List" (2004), which won her the Best Female Performance Award at the Beverly Hills Film Festival.
From 2005 to 2006, Ashley played the recurring role of Beth Wilkerson in the NBC military drama series "E-Ring," starring Benjamin Bratt and Dennis Hopper. Meanwhile, she also guest starred in an episode of USA Network's show starring Tony Shalhoub, "Monk," and acted opposite Tom Berenger and Bill Bellamy in an hour long 20th Century Fox Television pilot called "Amy Coyne" (2006; she played the title role) and with Kim Cattrall in an unsold comedy TV series pilot called "Him and Us" (2006). She also played recurring roles in the CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother" (as Victoria, the cupcake maker and girlfriend to Josh Radnor's main character Ted) and the Showtime drama series starring Hank Azaria, "Huff" (as Alyssa. On stage, Ashley performed in the off-Broadway play "Burleigh Grimes" at the Dodger Stages in New York City in the summer of 2006. The play also starred Wendie Mallick and was directed by David Warren.
2007 saw Ashley costar in Lifetime’s "Side Order of Life.” She also costarred with Zachary Levi in the romantic comedy TV movie "Imperfect Union" (2007) and with John Corbett and Diane Ladd in the TV movie version of the bestselling book by Nora Roberts, "Montana Sky" (2007). She was then spotted as a guest in an episode of USA Network's series "Psych" and NBC’s dramatic series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." Additionally, she appeared in a six minute comedy film directed and written by her sister Kimberly, "Numero Dos" (2007), which was screened at the 2008 Sedona International Film Festival in Sedona, Arizona.
Ashley recently costarred with Scott Wolf in a sitcom called "Making It Legal" (2008) and is currently filming an upcoming made-for-television movie directed by Zach Braff, "Night Life."
Beverly Hills Film Festival: Best Female Performance, "The List," 2004