Ashleigh Murray, born on January 18, 1988, in Kansas City, Missouri, is an American actress and singer who is perhaps best known for portraying Josie McCoy on The CW teenage drama television series Riverdale.
After making her acting debut as Harmony in the 2007 short film Finding Harmony, Murray went on to appear in various film and television projects such as Welcome to New York, Grind, Deidra & Laney Rob a Train, The Following, and Younger, before getting her big break when she was cast as Josie McCoy in The CW series Riverdale. Despite being 30-years-old, Murray portrays a teenager on Riverdale.
In 2017, it was announced that Murray would be appearing in the remake of the 1983 romantic comedy Valley Girl.
In April 2018, Murray spoke in-depth with Elle about her life and career.
Ashleigh Murray is too old for your bullshit, but not too old to play 16-year-old Josie McCoy on Riverdale. On the CW’s hit reimagining of the Archie Comics, Murray portrays a local celebrity diva, unafraid to throw a few punches at a would-be rapist or undercut her adversary’s political career. There’s a worldliness to Josie McCoy, but also an inherent softness, and her journey in the second season has not been an easy one: She’s been alienated from her Pussycats, stalked by her best friend, and caught between the affections of Riverdale’s two most problematic hunks.
Murray’s career, however, has never been better. On Twitter, the 30-year-old actress revealed that she was buying groceries with a food stamp card before getting the casting call that would change her life. Now she’s preparing to take her first ever international trip—to Brussels, for Archie Con.
You can follow Ashleigh Murray on Instagram, where she currently has over 1 million followers.