Ashley Johnson (actress)
Ashley Suzanne Johnson (born August 9, 1983) 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, 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.
Johnson at WonderCon 2014
Ashley Suzanne Johnson
August 9, 1983
Camarillo, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, voice actress, singer|
|Known for||Critical Role|
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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. 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, and playing Pike Trickfoot/Yasha in Critical Role.
In 2015, Ashley Johnson was the voice actress of a main character in Minecraft: Storymode by TellTale and Mojang, Petra the Warrior.
|1995||Nine Months||Shannon Dwyer|
|1998||Dancer, Texas Pop. 81||Josie Hemphill|
|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|
|2003||The Failures||Lilly Kyle|
|King of the Corner||Elena Spivak|
|2005||Nearing Grace||Merna Ash|
|2006||The Pity Card||Gretel||Short film|
|Fast Food Nation||Amber|
|2007||The Brothers Solomon||Patricia|
|2008||Pie'n Burger||Holly||Short film|
|Punching the Clown||Tracy|
|2011||The Help||Mary Beth Caldwell|
|2012||The Avengers||Waitress Beth|
|Much Ado About Nothing||Margaret|
|When Marnie Was There||Additional voices||Voice role
|1990–1992||Growing Pains||Christine Ellen "Chrissie" Seaver||47 episodes|
|1993||Men Don't Tell||Cindy||Movie|
|In the Shadows, Someone's Watching||Blind Girl||TV Movie|
|The Town Santa Forgot||Granddaughter (voice)|
|Timmy's Special Delivery: A Precious Moments Christmas||Additional Voices (voice)|
|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||TV Movie|
|1995||Mina and the Count||Mina (voice)||Episode: "Interlude with a Vampire"|||
|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|
|2000||The Growing Pains Movie||Chrissy Seaver||Movie|
|2001||Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street||Gretchen Grundler (voice)||Video|||
|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|||
|Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade||Gretchen (voice)||Video|||
|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|||
|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"|
|2008–10||Ben 10: Alien Force||Gwen Tennyson,
Carol Smith, Cicely, Girl, Mother, Mr. Smoothy Employee
|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"|
|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
|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
|2013–2018||Teen Titans Go!||Terra (voice)||5 Episodes|||
|2013||Masters of Sex||Flora Banks||Episode: "Fallout"|
|2014||Garfunkel & Oates||Jane||Episode: "Speechless"|
|Stalker||Stephanie||Episode: "My Hero"|
|Naruto Shippuden||Shiseru (voice)||Episodes: 290–295 ("Power Saga")
|2015–2017||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Renet (voice)||6 episodes|||
|2016; 2019||Infinity Train||Tulip, Steward (voice)|||
|2008||Ben 10: Alien Force||Gwen Tennyson|||
|Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks|||
|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)
|2014||Infamous First Light||Jenny|||
|2015||Tales from the Borderlands||Gortys, Hyperion System Voice||"Hyperion System Voice" credited as Additional Voices|
|Skylanders: SuperChargers||Gadfly Glades Collector|||
|Lego Dimensions||Terra (voice)||Uncredited|
|2015–2017||Minecraft: Story Mode||Petra|||
|2016||Lego Marvel's Avengers||Beth the Waitress|||
|2018||Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire||Narrator / Pike Trickfoot / Ydwin (voice)|||
|TBA||The Last of Us Part II||Ellie|
|2013–2015||Tabletop||Herself||Season 1 Ep. 17, Season 3 Ep. 8|
|2015–present||Critical Role||Pike Trickfoot (campaign 1), Yasha (campaign 2)||RPG web series, cast member|
|2016||Force Grey: Giant Hunters||Dagny Halvor|
- "Behind The Voice Actors – Ashley Johnson". Behind The Voice Actors.
- Cf. among others the death announcement for Ingvald Taft in Nordisk Tidende 26 December 1957, in which one of his grandsons, Clifford Johnson, was mentioned, as well as Nordisk Tidende 11 December 1941 (marriage of Clifford's parents Reuben Johnson and Evelyn Taft) and Nordisk Tidende 5 January 1950 (which among others tells that Ingvald Taft originally came from Arendal, Norway, while his late wife (Victoria Kristensen), came from Vanse outside Farsund, Norway). See also Victoria's christening in Vest-Agder county, Vanse in Vanse, Parish register (official) no. A 12 (1879–1903), Born and baptised 1887, Page 84, no. 20, cf. Victoria's petition for naturalization of 22 September 1922, Ancestry.com. New York, State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1794–1940.
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- ""Naruto Shippuden Set 23": The Allure of Power". ToonZone.com. January 19, 2016.
- "Infinity Train – Minisode – Cartoon Network". Retrieved November 2, 2016.
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- Vicarious Visions. Skylanders: SuperChargers. Activision. Scene: Closing credits, 7:13 in, Voice Actors.
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