Leighton Meester is an actress, singer, model and song writer of American origin. Her claim to fame is her starring role on Gossip Girl as the character of Blair Waldorf. She has appeared in a slew of movies since then and has also made her Broadway debut in Of Mice and Men in 2014. Read on to find out more about Leighton’s life, career, achievements and net worth in 2018.
Leighton Meester Early Life
Born on April 9, 1986, in Fort Worth in Texas, to Douglas Jay and Constance Lyn, Leighton has two brothers, Douglas and Alexander. She grew up in Florida and expressed an interest in theatre from an early age.
She moved to New York City when she was eleven years old and went to Professional Children’s School. She started to model for Wilhelmina and signed a contract with Ralph Lauren as well. She even modelled for Tamagotchi, Clearasil as well as Limited Too.
She also went to Hollywood and Beverly Hills High School. She eventually attended a private school and graduated a year early.
Leighton Meester Career, Awards & Achievement
Leighton’s first appearance on the small screen was as a guest star in Law and Order in 1999. She appeared on the big screen for the first time in Hangman’s Curse. She also appeared in Tarzan which only ran for eight episodes. She also had roles in Entourage, Veronica Mars, Crossing Jordan, 24, 8 Simple Rules, House, CSI:Miami, Shark and 7th Heaven. She starred in Surface as well.
She also appeared in three movies, Flourish, Inside and Drive-Thru.
In 2007, she got her breakout role as Blair Waldorf in the CW’s Gossip Girl. She had initially auditioned for the role of Serena, but she felt she would be better suited to play Blair. She even dyed her hair dark for the role. Her performance as Blair was acclaimed by audiences’ and critics alike. She even came to be known as a fashion icon because of her impeccable dressing style on the show.
After the show ended, Leighton appeared in a series of films like, The Haunting of Sorority Row, Remember the Daze, and Killer Movie.
She also acted as the Brand Ambassador of Sunsilk and a spokesperson for Safe Horizon, speaking out against the evils of Domestic Violence.
Leighton has worked with Reebok, Nikon Coolpix, and ASK Enqired. In 2009, she ventured into the world of music by releasing a single with Awesome New Republic. She also collaborated with Cobra Starship. She eventually signed a contract with Universal Republic. She has sung hits like, ‘Good girls go bad’, ‘Somebody to love’, ‘Christmas’ and ‘Your love’s a drug’.
She was a part of the cast of Date Night, Long Distance and also starred with Gwyneth Paltrow in Country Strong.
She has been a brand ambassador of companies like Herbal Essences, eSpoir, Vera Wang and Lovestruck Floral Rush.
Her movie with Hugh Laurie, The Oranges debuted in the Toronto Film Festival and was a critical success.
Since then Leighton has had a slew of guest roles in Tv series’.
Awards & Achievement
In 2009, she won the Teen Choice Awards for her role in Gossip Girl.
In 2010, she won a Teen Choice award as well as a Spotlight award for her role in Gossip Girl and Country Strong respectively.
Net Worth of Leighton Meester
Leighton has an estimated net worth of $6.5 million, stemming from her television career as well as her several brand endorsements.
Meester is an extremely talented actress as her role in Gossip Girl has shown. Her fans look forward to more impressive work from this versatile actress. Her reputation as a singer is also quite widespread and we await her next album.