Leighton Meester
Name Leighton Marissa Meester
Birthplace Fort Worth, Texas
Date of Birth April 9, 1986 (age 30)
Role on Gossip Girl

Blair Waldorf

Leighton Meester (born April 9, 1986) is the actress who portrays Blair Waldorf, the main character of Gossip Girl, in the television adaption of the best-selling novel series. Prior to her role on Gossip Girl, she appeared in the series Surface and Tarzan. She is married to Adam Brody.

Early Life

Meester was born to parents Connie and Doug while her mother was serving a federal prison sentence in Fort Worth, Texas. Although her mother was serving time in prison for her involvement in a drug ring that smuggled marijuana from Jamaica to the United States, she was able to give birth to Leighton in a hospital and nurse her for three months in a halfway house before returning to prison to complete her sentence. At this time Leighton's grandmother cared for her.

Meester maintained that her parents gave her a normal upbringing and, despite their criminal past, are good people with experience that has only made Meester more open-minded and non-judgmental, "It made me realize that you can't judge anyone—especially your parents—for what they've done in their past, because people change." Meester jokes, "Look, I could've turned out a lot worse" and has even cited her mother as her style icon.

Meester grew up in Marco Island, Florida, where she participated in productions at a local playhouse. When she was 11 years old, Meester and her mother moved to New York. Meester attended the Professional Children's School and also began working as a model with Wilhemina, booking a Ralph Lauren campaign shot by Bruce Weber and working with then photographer (now film maker) Sofia Coppola. Meester made her television acting debut as a murder victim's friend on an episode of Law & Order. At 14, Meester moved to Los Angeles, California, wanting more stable work and attended Hollywood High School and Beverly Hills High School. She then transferred to a small private school and graduated a year early.


In April 2009, Meester signed a recording contract with Universal Republic. Meester's first single, "Somebody To Love", featuring R&B singer Robin Thicke, was released for airplay on October 13, 2009 and became available for digital download on October 14, 2009. Her second single, "Your Love's A Drug", was digitally released on March 30, 2010.

Meester is featured in the Cobra Starship song "Good Girls Go Bad", which reached the Top 10 on Billboard Hot 100 peaking at #7.[19] She recorded a cover of the song "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" for the compilation album A Very Special Christmas 7. She is featured on Stephen Jerzak's song "She Said". She recorded a cover of the song "Words I Couldn't Say" by Rascal Flatts for the movie Country Strong, featured on the film's soundtrack.



Film Role Year
The Oranges Nina Ostroff 2011
Monte Carlo Meg 2011
The Roommate Rebecca Evans 2011
Country Strong Chiles Stanton 2010
Going the Distance Amy 2010
Date Night Katy 2010
Killer Movie Jaynie Hansen 2008
The Haunting of Sorority Row Samantha Willows 2007
Remember the Daze Tori 2007
Drive Thru Mackenzie Carpenter 2007
Inside Josie 2006
Flourish Lucy Covner 2006
Hollywood Division Michelle 2004
Hangman's Curse Elisha Springfield 2003
The Jackalope Lorraine 2003
The Big Wide World of Carl Laemke Tanni 2003


Show Role Episode Count Year(s)
Gossip Girl Blair Waldorf 121 2007-2012
Shark Megan 3 2007
CSI: Miami Heather Crowley 1 2007
House M.D. Ali 2 2006
Numb3rs Karen Camden 1 2006
Secrets of a Small Town Kayla Rhodes 1 2006
Monster Allergy Poppy 1 2006
Surface Savannah Barnett 12 2005-2006
Veronica Mars Carrie Bishop 2 2005
8 Simple Rules Nikki 1 2005
24 Debbie Pendleton 4 2005
Entourage Justine Chapin 3 2004-2008
North Shore Veronica Farrell 1 2004
7th Heaven Kendall 2 2004
Crossing Jordan Marie Strand 1 2004
Tarzan Nicki Porter 3 2003
Family Affair Irene 1 2002
Once And Again Amanda 1 2002
Boston Public Sarah Breen 1 2001
Law & Order Alyssa Turner 1 1999


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