Leigh Zimmerman is a multi-talented actress, singer, and dancer whose career successfully spans stage, screen, and television.
Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Leigh's passion for show business began at the age of three when she had her first professional dance lesson. At the age of sixteen, she won a scholarship to perform as a soloist with the Boston Ballet.
1991 was an influential year for Leigh. She made her film debut in 'Home Alone II' with Macaulay Culkin and her Broadway debut as an original cast member in the Tony Award-winning musical 'The Will Rogers Follies'. After a successful run, Leigh continued to play the role of Ziegfeld's Favourite on an extensive 27-week tour across the United States. She also was selected to perform highlights from the show at The Kennedy Centre in Washington D.C. in a special tribute concert to the legendary lyricists Betty Comden and Adolph Green.
Leigh returned to Broadway in 1995 as Elaine in the long running hit musical 'Crazy For You' directed by Mike Ockrent and choreographed by Susan Stroman. She left the show in 1996 to originate the role of Panacea opposite Nathan Lane in the Broadway revival of 'A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum'.
Later that year, Leigh was asked to create the role of Go-To-Hell Kitty in the Tony award-winning Broadway revival of 'Chicago'. Playing to packed houses, Leigh enjoyed a successful two-and-a-half years with the show. The respected theatre reviewer, John Simon, said of her performance, "You marvel at Leigh Zimmerman, tall, talented, and the most terrific looker on today's Broadway."
During this time, Leigh furthered her television career by guest starring on some of America's hottest television comedies and dramas including, 'Central Park West', 'One Life To Live', 'Another World', 'Guiding Light', and multiple appearances on 'The David Letterman Show' in which she choreographed her own dance numbers and appeared in spoof sketches, 'The Tonight Show starring Jay Leno' and 'The Rosie O'Donnell Show performing excerpts from ‘CHICAGO,’ and performing in comedic sketches on 'The Conan O'Brien Late Night Show' .
In early 1998, Leigh modeled the latest Jockey Underwear for their national press campaign, which was kicked off by a 100-foot billboard overlooking Times Square. Shortly thereafter, Leigh appeared in several national commercials and print ads for the Victoria's Secret lingerie line, 'English Lace'.
In 2000, after appearing in five Tony Award-winning Broadway shows in her native America, Leigh moved to England to make her West End debut playing the part of Elaine in 'The Seven Year Itch' with Daryl Hannah at the Queens Theatre.
In April 2001 Leigh made a huge splash in the West End starring as Velma Kelly opposite Denise Van Outen in 'Chicago' for an unprecedented one-year contract.
In 2002, she was asked to work for the second time with director Susan Stroman to create for the West End the role of The Girl in the Yellow Dress in 'Contact', once again at the Queens Theatre.
During that time, Leigh completed feature film work on Proof with Gwyneth Paltrow and Anthony Hopkins, Red Light Runners with Harvey Keitel, The Defender with Dolf Lundgren, and Submerged with Steven Seagal.
In 2004, Leigh was asked to play the role of Miriam in the controversial play, THREE ON A COUCH, by the Nobel Prize winning scientist, Carl Djerrassi and worked closely with him to shape the play for the legendary London fringe theatre, The Kings Head.
Leigh then starred as Leslie Peters in the television docudrama Small Pox: Silent Weapon for the FX Channel and as Tamsin Reed on BBC's Doctors.
Leigh was thrilled when she was asked to create the role of Ulla in London’s West End Production of THE PRODUCERS, and her portrayal earned her an Olivier Award Nomination for Best Leading Actress in 2004.
During her run as Ulla in London from 2004-2006, Leigh accepted leading roles in several more highly acclaimed film and television projects.
She played the English double agent, Helen Harlow, alongside Brian Cox, in ITV’s THE OUTSIDERS. She starred as the Scottish police sergeant, Sergeant Beesley, in the BBC hit comedy FEEL THE FORCE. She also had a leading role as the American desperate housewife, Megan, in Ben Elton’s comedy series BLESSED for the BBC.
In 2006, Leigh appeared in several high profile feature films. She portrayed Christine Snyder in UNITED 93 directed by Paul Greengrass for Universal and Working Title Films. She spoke fluent Spanish as the gothic siren, Irene, in the soon to be released Spanish Film, LA LUNA EN BOTELLA (Moon In A Bottle) for Ikiru Films in Madrid and Barcelona. Leigh also stars as the the California love guru, Candy Connor, in the upcoming British independent film, ARE YOU READY FOR LOVE for Carnaby Films.
Leigh is proud to have British and American citizenship which allows her to work all over the world.
In early 2007, Leigh returned to the US when she was asked to open the Las Vegas company of THE PRODUCERS, reprising her role as Ulla.
Leigh has recently filmed a guest starring role on Numbers on CBS which will air this fall.