Ashley Johnson (actress)

Ashley Suzanne Johnson (born August 9, 1983)[1] is an American actress, voice actress and singer. She is best known for her roles as Chrissy Seaver in Growing Pains, Annie Warbucks in Annie: A Royal Adventure!, Alex Marshall in What Women Want, Gretchen Grundler in Disney's Recess, Terra in Teen Titans, Gwen Tennyson in the Ben 10 franchise, Ellie in The Last of Us, Tulip in Infinity Train, and Margaret in Much Ado About Nothing. She currently stars in the NBC drama Blindspot as FBI forensic specialist Patterson, and is a cast member of Critical Role.

Ashley Johnson
Johnson at WonderCon 2014
Ashley Suzanne Johnson

(1983-08-09) August 9, 1983
OccupationActress, voice actress, singer
Years active1990–present

In 2013 and 2014, she won BAFTA Games Awards for her performances as Ellie in The Last of Us and The Last of Us: Left Behind.

Early life

Johnson was born in Camarillo, California, the youngest child of Nancy Spruiell Johnson, an independent film producer, and Clifford Johnson, the captain of an exploration ship. She is of Norwegian,[2] Swedish, Danish, Irish, Scottish, and Native American descent. When she was nine days old, her father got a new job and the family moved to Franklin, Michigan.

Personal life

Johnson studied violin and piano at the International School of Music; she also plays guitar and cello. When not acting or studying music, Johnson co-runs the photography company Infinity Pictures with her friend, production assistant Mila Shah.[3]

Johnson's older brother Chris worked on the television show The District. Her older sister Haylie Johnson is best known for her role as Haylie in Kids Incorporated. Haylie is married to Jonny Lang.[4]

Johnson has been in a relationship since 2012 with Brian W. Foster, an American writer, poet and singer.[5][6] They became engaged in December 2018.[7]


Johnson's career began at age six, when she played the role of Chrissy Seaver on the sitcom Growing Pains from 1990 to 1992. The character's age was accelerated from a toddler between seasons for plotting purposes. By the time she was 12, Johnson had been in the casts of eight TV series. She later reprised her role as Chrissy in The Growing Pains Movie and Growing Pains: Return of the Seavers. In the one season series Phenom (1993–94), she played the mischievous younger sister of a rising teenage tennis star. Johnson appeared in the 1994 sitcom All-American Girl, which also lasted for only one season. She played DJ's overbearing girlfriend Lisa in the 1995 Roseanne episode "The Blaming of the Shrew". During the 1995–1996 ABC lineup, she played Gracie Wallace in the sitcom Maybe This Time as the daughter of Marie Osmond and grand-daughter of Betty White and love interest of Dane Cook. She played Alex Marshall, the daughter of Mel Gibson's character, in the 2000 comedy What Women Want. In 2008, she became a regular on the drama Dirt as Sharlee Cates. In 2009, Johnson appeared in "Omega", the season one finale of Joss Whedon's Dollhouse.

In 2012, she appeared in The Avengers (also directed by Whedon) as a waitress who is saved by Captain America (Chris Evans). She was intended to appear in future Captain America films as his newest love interest (given that a brief scene in the film was implied), but that plan was shelved and instead, actress Emily VanCamp took over as Sharon Carter for the next two films. Although her role was minor, the Blu-ray edition of The Avengers contains some deleted scenes that expand her role in the movie and further her interactions with Captain America.[8][9]

As a voice actress, she played Sean on the cartoon movie The First Snow of Winter in the US version in 1998, Gretchen Grundler on the Walt Disney TV animated series Recess, Terra in the Teen Titans animated series during the show's second and fifth season, Jinmay on Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! and Gwen Tennyson on Ben 10: Alien Force and in future variations of the Ben 10 franchise. Four of her roles have love interests who are voiced by Greg Cipes (Chiro in Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!, Kevin in Ben 10, Beast Boy in Teen Titans, and Michelangelo in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).

She co-starred in the PlayStation exclusive The Last of Us as the character Ellie, which was released to critical acclaim and commercial success.[10] She subsequently won a video game BAFTA for Best Performer and a VGX Award for Best Voice Actress for her role in the game. On March 12, 2015, Johnson won another BAFTA for Best Performer for the same role in the game's downloadable content, The Last of Us: Left Behind.[11] She will reprise the role in The Last of Us Part II.

Johnson appears in several Geek & Sundry shows, including playing occult specialist Morgan on the web series Spooked on Hulu, playing Alhambra and Dead of Winter on the board gaming web series TableTop,[12][13] and playing Pike Trickfoot/Yasha in Critical Role.[14]

As of 2015, she plays FBI forensic specialist Patterson in the NBC drama series Blindspot.[15]

In 2015, Johnson was the voice actress of a main character in Minecraft: Storymode by TellTale Games and Mojang, Petra the Warrior.

In 2016, Johnson provided the voice of Tulip in the pilot for Infinity Train and reprised the role for the full series in 2019.



Year Title Role Notes Source
1990 Lionheart Nicole Gaultier
1995 Nine Months Shannon Dwyer
1998 Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 Josie Hemphill
1999 Marionette
Anywhere but Here Sarah
2000 The Indescribable Nth Doris Short film; voice role
What Women Want Alex Marshall
2001 Recess: School's Out Gretchen Grundler Voice role
Rustin Lee Wolford
2003 The Failures Lilly Kyle
2004 Killer Diller Angie
King of the Corner Elena Spivak
2005 Nearing Grace Merna Ash
2006 The Pity Card Gretel Short film
Fast Food Nation Amber
Grad Night Student
2007 The Brothers Solomon Patricia
2008 Pie'n Burger Holly Short film
Otis Riley Lawson
Columbus Day Alana
2009 Spread Eva
Punching the Clown Tracy
2010 Alleged Rose Williams
2011 The Help Mary Beth Caldwell
2012 The Avengers Waitress Beth
Much Ado About Nothing Margaret
2015 Paradox Sophie
When Marnie Was There Additional voices Voice role
English version
2016 Punching Henry Danielle
2018 Weight Liza
Juvenilles Ms. Taylor
2020 Like a Boss TBA


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1990–1992 Growing Pains Christine Ellen "Chrissie" Seaver Main role (seasons 6–7)
1993 Men Don't Tell Cindy Television film
In the Shadows, Someone's Watching Blind Girl Television film
The Town Santa Forgot Granddaughter (voice) Television film
Timmy's Special Delivery: A Precious Moments Christmas Additional Voices (voice) Television special
1993–1994 Phenom Mary Margaret Doolan 22 episodes
1994 All-American Girl Casey Emmerson 12 episodes
1995 Roseanne Lisa Episode: "The Blaming of the Shrew"
Annie: A Royal Adventure! Annie Warbucks Television film
1995 Mina and the Count Mina (voice) Episode: "Interlude with a Vampire" [16]
1995–1996 Maybe This Time Gracie Wallace 18 episodes
1996–1998 Jumanji Peter Shepherd (voice) 40 episodes
1997 Moloney Katherine 'Kate' Moloney 3 episodes
Wings Rebecca Episode: "Ms. Write"
1997–2001 Recess Gretchen Grundler (voice) 129 episodes
1998 Kelly Kelly Maureen Kelly 7 episodes
ER Dana Ellis 2 episodes
1999 Partners Janie Television film
2000 The Growing Pains Movie Chrissy Seaver Television film
2001 Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street Gretchen Grundler (voice) Video [16]
2002 Lloyd in Space Violet (voice) 5 episodes
Roswell Eileen Burrows 2 episodes
Ally McBeal Serena Feldman Episode: "Heart and Soul"
Providence Daphne Wallace 3 episodes
Touched by an Angel Natalie Episode: "Bring on the Rain"
The Guardian Betsy Fortunato Episode: "Sacrifice"
2003 Kidz History: The Revolutionary War Colonist Video
Recess: All Growed Down Gretchen (voice) Video [16]
Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade Gretchen (voice) Video [16]
2003–2004 Married to the Kellys Shari 2 episodes
2004 Growing Pains: Return of the Seavers Chrissy Seaver
2004–2006 Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! Jinmay (voice) 12 episodes
Teen Titans Terra (voice) 7 episodes [16]
2004–2010 King of the Hill Emily / Jamie 7 episodes
2005 The X's Kimla Episode: "License to Slumber"
2006 Lilo & Stitch: The Series Gretchen Grundler (voice) Episode: "Lax: Experiment #285"
2007 Monk Susie the Maid Episode: "Mr. Monk Is at Your Service"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Dreama Little Episode: "Ending Happy"
Heartland Rebecca Colton Episode: "Mother & Child Reunion"
2008 Dirt Sharlee Cates 4 episodes
The Middleman Eleanor Draper Episode: "The Ectoplasmic Panhellenic Investigation"
Raising the Bar Elise Denton Episode: "Hang Time"
The Mentalist Clara Tennant Episode: "Seeing Red"
2008–2010 Ben 10: Alien Force Gwen Tennyson,

Carol Smith, Cicely, Girl, Mother, Mr. Smoothy Employee

45 episodes [16]
2009 Dollhouse Wendy, Caroline, Hayden Leeds 2 episodes
Cold Case Grace Stearns in 1966 Episode: "The Crossing"
2010 Funny or Die Presents... Girlfriend Episode: "1.1"
Lie to Me Valerie Episode: "Beat the Devil"
Christmas Cupid Jenny Television film
2010–2018 Drunk History Elizabeth Hamilton, Elizabeth Cherry, Sara Northrup Episodes: "Drunk History Vol. 1: Featuring Michael Cera"; "Shit Shows"; "Dangerous Minds"
2010–2012 Ben 10: Ultimate Alien Gwen Tennyson,

Diamondhead (Gwen), Clockwork (Gwen), Humungousaur (Gwen), Upchuck (Gwen), Rath (Gwen), Sunny, Mrs. Rozum, Pierce's Girlfriend, Teen Girl, Fan

52 episodes [16]
2011 In Plain Sight Sarah Collins, Sarah Peterschwim Episode: "Something A-mish"
2011–2013 Pound Puppies Toyoshiko, Gina, Amelia, Giblet (voice) 4 episodes
2011–2012 The Killing Amber Ahmed 7 episodes
2012 Private Practice Kelly Episode: "The Time Has Come"
Drop Dead Diva Veronica Kramer Episode: "Road Trip"
2012–2014 Ben 10: Omniverse Gwen Tennyson,

Future Gwen, Gwen 10, XLR8 (Gwen), Wildvine (Gwen), Margie, Student 2, Woman

21 episodes [16]
2013–2019 Teen Titans Go! Terra (voice) 7 Episodes [16]
2013 Masters of Sex Flora Banks Episode: "Fallout"
2014 Garfunkel & Oates Jane Episode: "Speechless"
2015 Stalker Stephanie Episode: "My Hero"
Naruto Shippuden Shiseru (voice) Episodes: 290–295 ("Power Saga")
English version
2015–2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Renet (voice) 6 episodes [16]
2015–present Blindspot Patterson Series regular
2016; 2019 Infinity Train Tulip, Steward, MT (voice) [18]

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Teen Titans Terra [16]
2008 Ben 10: Alien Force Gwen Tennyson [16]
2009 FusionFall
Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks [16]
2010 Ben 10 Alien Force: The Rise of Hex
Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction
2011 Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion
2013 The Last of Us Ellie VGX Award for Best Voice Actress
2013 & 2014 BAFTA Games Award for Best Performer (The Last of Us) & (The Last of Us: Left Behind downloadable content)[16][19]
2014 Infamous First Light Jenny [16]
2015 Tales from the Borderlands Gortys, Hyperion System Voice "Hyperion System Voice" credited as Additional Voices
Skylanders: SuperChargers Gadfly Glades Collector [20]
Marvel Heroes Spider-Gwen [21]
Lego Dimensions Terra (voice) Uncredited
2015–2017 Minecraft: Story Mode Petra [16]
2016 Lego Marvel's Avengers Beth the Waitress [22]
The Witness [23]
2018 Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire Narrator / Pike Trickfoot / Ydwin (voice) [24][25]
2020 The Last of Us Part II Ellie

Web series

Year Title Role Notes
2013–2015 Tabletop Herself Season 1 Ep. 17, Season 3 Ep. 8
2014 Spooked Morgan 4 episodes
2015–present Critical Role Pike Trickfoot (campaign 1), Yasha (campaign 2) RPG web series, cast member[26][27]
2016 Force Grey: Giant Hunters Dagny Halvor


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