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Nancy Leigh Kelley: Katherine Heigl & Josh Kelley’s Eldest Child



Nancy Leigh Kelley

Full name: Nancy Leigh Kelley
Date of Birth: 23 November 2008
Age: 14 years
Place of Birth: South Korea
Country of origin: Korea
Nationality Asian-American
Gender: Female
Parents: Josh Kelley, Katherine Heighl
Marital status: Single
Siblings Adalaide Kelley, Joshua Kelley
Occupation: Celebrity Kid

Not many people are open to the idea of adoption. They frown upon it and discard the idea.

However, that’s not the case for Hollywood stars, Josh and Katherine Kelley. They welcomed their Korean child, Nancy Leigh, when she was just a baby and have ever since doted on her.

Naturally, since the adoption, many have been left wondering, “how did she get adopted?”

“What’s her life like?” “How did her parents make such a decision?”

You’ll find the answers to these questions and more in this article. So, just sit back and read to the end.

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Early & Personal Life

In 2009, Nancy Leigh Kelley was welcomed into the family of the Kelleys. She was just a few months old when she was adopted by her doting father, Josh Kelley, and mother, Katherine Heigl.

Both of whom are known faces in the entertainment industry.

Josh Kelley is an American singer, while his wife, Katherine Heighl, is a famous actress. She is best known for her role as Dr Izzie Stevens on the ABC series Grey’s Anatomy.

Nancy Leigh’s birthday is on the 23rd of November, 2008. She’s the first child of her parents, and older sister to siblings, Adalaide and Joshua.

Her younger sister, Adalaide was born on the 4th of April 2012, while Joshua, her brother, was born on the 20th of December 2016.

(L to R) Nancy's mother, Katherine Heigl, siblings, Joshua and Adalaide, Nancy Leigh, and Josh Kelly

(L to R) Nancy’s mother, Katherine Heigl, siblings, Joshua and Adalaide, Nancy Leigh, and Josh Kelly



Nancy Leigh Kelley, fondly called Naleigh by her parents, is one lucky child.

She was adopted by her parents in 2009, when she was only nine months old. This came after her mother, Katherine Heigl, informed everyone that she would be adopting a child on the Ellen DeGeneres show.

According to Heigl, she and her husband had been looking forward to adopting a child from South Korea and would be going ahead with their plans.

Not too long after, the couple welcomed the adorable Korean into the family, naming her Nancy, after Heigl’s mother and sister. This remarkable moment took place on the 10th of September 2009.

Interestingly, adoption wasn’t a new terrain for Heigl. Her older sister, Margaret, was adopted before she was born.

What’s more, Meg Heigl was adopted from South Korea.

Thus, Katherine considered it necessary to have a family like the one she came from.

Nancy and her mother, Katherine

Nancy and her mother, Katherine

Her parents

Nancy’s parents are well known in the entertainment industry.

Her mother, Katherine Heigl, has appeared on many television shows and movies. One of the most remarkable being Grey’s Anatomy.

Her father, Josh Kelley, is doing just as well. He’s a music star whose songs reached the Adult Top 40 billboard chart.

The power couple met in 2005 on the set of Kelley’s music video, ‘Only You’ and kicked it off. They soon started dating and the rest, they say, is history.

Heigl recalling her relationship with Kelley told Red, “About six months after meeting my now-husband I was, like, ‘I’d better get a few things straight now: marriage and having a family are both really important to me; starting a family with adoption is also really important to me.’ ”

Adoption was something she had always wanted to do. In her words, ‘it had always been a part of my life,’ seeing that her sister, Margaret was also adopted.

Before making any moves, Heigl had to put all the cards on the table and let Kelley know her future plans. Fortunately, the American singer was in support of her decision and the duo proceeded to tie the knot in 2007.

They began to grow their family in September 2009 when Nancy was adopted. According to Katherine Heigl, she was an instant goner when she saw Nancy.

After a few years, Josh Kelley and Heigl, grew their family with the adoption of Adalaide and birth of Joshua, making Nancy a big sister.

Nancy as a baby, with her parents

Nancy as a baby, with her parents


Sadly, Nancy Leigh was born with a heart defect. However, medical professionals were able to correct the defect when she was three months old.

Her parents were, nonetheless, advised to still consult their personal doctor after adopting her. They did as instructed, and the outcome was good.

Nancy was confirmed to be in perfect health by the family doctor. And this pleased her parents to no end.


There has also been no information on what Nancy Leigh would love to do careerwise. However, people have been speculating that she’ll follow in the footsteps of her parents, and make it big in the entertainment industry.

Appearance On TV

At three years old, Nancy made her first appearance on the show, ‘The View.’ She had been sitting in the audience while her mother, Katherine Heigl, was being interviewed.

No one had expected what would happen. So it came as a surprise to everyone when Nancy ran to where her mother was seated.

However, this wasn’t going to be the last time she appeared on TV.

On the same show, but at a different time, the celebrity kid accompanied her mother and sat in the audience again.

During that episode, a throwback video was played to recall the moment that had happened the first time mother and daughter were on the show. This brought tears to the eyes of Heigl, who said it was a defining moment for her.

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Net Worth

Nancy Leigh’s networth has not been estimated but her parents have a combined net worth of $35 million. A chunk of it comes from Katherine’s acting, and Josh’s singing.

Like most celebrity kids, Nancy lives a very comfortable life with her family members. They have a family ranch and lots of pets.


Not all stories start badly. Nancy’s started beautifully.

She was a Korean kid adopted by people who loved, and still love her.

She’s living her best life as a celebrity kid, and we look forward to seeing her evolve into a successful young lady.

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