Laura Leighton is an American actress. Leighton was born Laura Miller in Iowa City, Iowa, and is a 1986 graduate of West High School in Iowa City. She is best known for the role of Sydney Andrews on the television series Melrose Place (1993–97) and its remake (2009–10) and for Ashley Marin on ABC Family’s series Pretty Little Liars (2010–).
In the early 1990s, she took her first major acting role as Sydney Andrews in the prime time soap opera Melrose Place. On April 5, 2009, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Leighton would appear in the 2009 series Melrose Place, reprising her role as the presumed-dead Sydney, who will serve as landlord at Melrose Place. On December 7, 2009, ABC Family announced that Leighton had been cast in the TV series Pretty Little Liars, a TV adaptation of a book of the same name by Sara Shepard. She portrays Ashley Marin, the mother of Hanna Marin, one of the four main characters on the show.