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Chyler Leigh

Leigh in Los Angeles, early 2006
Born Chyler Leigh Potts
April 10, 1982 (1982-04-10) (age 27)
Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996 – present
Spouse(s) Nathan West (2002–present)

Chyler Leigh (pronounced /ˈkaɪlər/; born April 10, 1982) is an American actress, perhaps best known for her portrayal of Dr. Lexie Grey on the television show Grey's Anatomy.



Early life

Leigh was born Chyler Leigh Potts in Charlotte, North Carolina, the daughter of Yvonne Norton and Robert Potts.[1][2] She was raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia, until the age of twelve when she moved with her mother and brother Christopher Khayman Lee to Miami, Florida. During eighth grade she started modeling. She soon moved on to acting by appearing in local television commercials and a syndicated teen news show called Hall Pass. Leigh did not graduate from high school, instead taking the California High School Proficiency Exam.[3]


Leigh started acting at an early age and debuted in the film world at age 15 in 1997's Kickboxing Academy. She started hosting in local TV shows and modeling. In 2001, Leigh nabbed the lead role in the box-office success Not Another Teen Movie as Janey Briggs. She also appeared in Marilyn Manson's music video "Tainted Love", a song which appeared in the film. She was ranked #65 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2002.[4]

In 2002, Leigh was cast in two short-lived TV series: Girls Club, in which she played lawyer Sarah Mickle, and That '80s Show, in which she played punk rocker June Tuesday. She then became a series regular on the ABC legal drama The Practice, but was let go at the end of the season due to budget cuts. Following that, she joined the cast of Reunion in September, 2005.

In ABC's Grey's Anatomy, Leigh first appeared as a woman in Joe's bar who went noticed by Derek Shepherd, while In the third season finale, it was revealed that she was Lexie Grey, Meredith's half-sister.[5] She was made an official series regular for season four.

Personal life

On July 20, 2002, Leigh married fellow actor Nathan West. The couple worked together in 2000 on the television series 7th Heaven, playing Mary Camden's (Jessica Biel) troubled friends Frankie and Johnnie. Leigh and West have three children - a son and two daughters: Noah Wilde (born December 2003), Taelyn Leigh (born September 2006),[6] and Anniston Kae (born May 7, 2009).[7]

Leigh has said that she and her husband have a pact in which the person who guesses the baby's gender correctly gets to choose the name. When pregnant with Noah, she guessed she was having a boy so she chose the first name and Nathan gave him his middle name. For Taelyn, Nathan correctly guessed it was a girl, so he named her. Their third child, also a girl, was guessed correctly by West; he chose the name Anniston Kae.[8][9]




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