‘Switched at Birth’ Star Heading to ‘Big Bang Theory’

Katie LeClerc

Katie LeClerc

Switched at Birth‘s Katie LeClerc is heading to CBS’ The Big Bang Theory.

LeClerc, who is hearing impaired in real life, has been tapped to guest star as Emily, a friend of Penny’s who is deaf.

According to EW.com, she will appear in the Oct. 6 episode of The Big Bang Theory, which kicks of its fifth season on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 8/7c.

Switched at Birth returns with the rest of its supersized first season in early 2012.

‘Switched at Birth’ Gets Full Season

Switched at Birth

Switched at Birth

The critically acclaimed drama series, Switched at Birth has just received a full first season order from ABC Family. The network has ordered 12 more episodes to be filmed to finish out the season.

The series concludes its initial 10-episode summer run on Monday, August 8 at 9 p.m. and will return with 12 brand new episodes early next year.

Switched at Birth is typically Monday’s #1 TV telecast each week in females 12-34 as well as the #1 cable series in the 9 o’clock hour in key female demos.

“Viewers have fallen in love with this show just as we did when we first saw it,” said ABC Family president Michael Riley.