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Big Bang Theory Taps Switched at Birth Star

Katie LeClerc, one of the two young female leads of ABC Family’s freshman hit Switched at Birth, will be spending part of her hiatus hopefully striking a spark with one of the Big Bang Theory boys.

Specifically, LeClerc — who is hearing-impaired in real life — will guest-star on the CBS comedy as Emily, a friend of Penny’s who is Deaf, and as such would seem to be an ideal match for Raj, who isn’t able to speak around women anyway.

Switched at Birth Pops Out 22-Episode Pickup

Per EW.com, LeClerc will appear in the Oct. 6 episode of Big Bang, which kicks off its fifth season on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 8/7c. Switched at Birth will resume its supersized freshman run in early 2012.

Comments (25)

  • That’s great news! Love her character on Switched at Birth and I love the Big Bang Theory. I just hope she doesn’t stay there too long because she needs to stay on Switched at Birth!

    Comment by Julie – September 2, 2011 02:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So excited for her she is an amazing talent on Switched at Birth. I do hate to nit pick but I thought I read in an interview she wasn’t deaf but had Meniere’s disease where a symptom is hearing loss?

    Comment by Colleen Harris – September 2, 2011 02:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • She talked about her Meniere’s disease on an ABC4 interview. And she was certainly not deaf.

      Comment by Sof – September 2, 2011 02:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Nitpick much?

        Comment by Porthos – September 2, 2011 03:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Katie’s disease caused her to lose hearing, she has to wear a hearing aid but she said as the symptoms progress she is hearing less and less. She learned to sign before she lost her hearing. She does speak “deaf” which is to suit the character, but she is deaf.

        Comment by Plum – September 4, 2011 12:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • With Meniere’s if your hearing is affected, you never know from day to day (even minute to minute) how much you’ll be able to hear. If you’re in a room full of chattering people, you might as well be completely deaf, because then it’s almost impossible to hear even the person right next to you. I’m glad Katie can get assistance with a hearing aid, but for many of us with the same disease, it’s not an option.

          Comment by Carolyn – September 6, 2011 09:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The article doesn’t say she’s deaf, just hearing impaired.

      Comment by madhatter – September 2, 2011 03:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • She is not completely deaf but hears better then the charactor she plays.. but she does have less hearing. I think it was important to cast someone with hearing loss but did not need to be completely deaf like Marley Maitland.

        Comment by skscott – September 2, 2011 08:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I think she will completely lose her hearing at one point. There are days were she cannot hear anything at all.

          Comment by Mick – September 2, 2011 11:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great, I kind of fell off BBT this (well, last) season. Just wasn’t as good, may tune in now again.

    Comment by Leslo – September 2, 2011 02:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ha! This sounds amazing!

    Comment by Tiffany – September 2, 2011 03:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why does Penny need a new friend? As for a love interest for Raj, I like him single.

    Comment by lacey – September 2, 2011 03:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You might like him single, Lacey, but it’s not about you, is it? Do you think Raj likes being single? All those lonely nights…? Did you even considered what Raj likes?

      Comment by Dick Whitman – September 3, 2011 10:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • You are aware Raj is a character on a TV show and not a real person right? So it’s not about what Raj likes ((cuz he doesn’t exist)) it’s about what’s funny. And a girl who can’t hear is a funny match for a guy who can’t speak around women… and adding that to the mix of Raj and Penny having slept together, nice. Looking forward to the new season.

        Comment by Deg – September 3, 2011 05:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • She looks SO much like Julie Marie Berman (LuLu, General Hospital) in that photo.

    Comment by Captain – September 2, 2011 04:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • sabroso

    Comment by leodan – September 2, 2011 04:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I nearly DIED when I read this! SOOOOO happy to see Katie on another fave show of mine :)

    Comment by Lauren – September 3, 2011 12:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It’s great news for Katie, tho I did hope they were talking about the amazing Sean Berdy, he is the dreeeamest thing on two feet walking this planet.

      Comment by Plum – September 4, 2011 12:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am on cloud 9, I love Switched at Birth, that it is currently in my Top 4 DVR Priorities. There is something about Katie that captivates me and now with her on Big Bang Theory, with the man himself, Raj, Someone please pinch me :-)

    Comment by Jericho227 – September 3, 2011 01:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Good for hem raj its a beautiful men

    Comment by Ruby – September 3, 2011 05:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • She is awesome. Well deserved.

    Comment by Ogla Sungutay – September 4, 2011 04:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Props for capitalizing Deaf, Matt. (Assuming, anyhow, that the character is Deaf and not just deaf.)

    Comment by Kelly – September 4, 2011 10:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Isn’t she kind of young to be playing a love interest for any of the BBT guys?

    Comment by Janine – September 4, 2011 10:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • She’s actually a little older than the character she plays on SAB.

      Comment by Mel – September 8, 2011 09:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I just love her role…
    I wish that she never stop acting

    Comment by mamoj – June 13, 2012 08:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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