Ariel Winter

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Ariel Winter
Ariel Winter 3 2014.jpg
Winter at the premiere of Mr. Peabody & Sherman in 2014
Born (1998-01-28) January 28, 1998 (age 17)
Fairfax, Virginia, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Actress, singer, model, voice artist
Years active 2005–present

Ariel Winter[1] (born January 28, 1998), is an American actress, singer, model and voice artist. She is best known as Alex Dunphy in the TV series Modern Family, as well as the voice of the title character in the Disney Junior show Sofia the First. Winter and her Modern Family castmates have won four Screen Actors Guild Awards for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

Early life[edit]

Winter was born in Fairfax, Virginia on January 28, 1998, the daughter of Chrisoula "Chrystal" (née Batistas) and Glenn Workman. She is sister to actress Shanelle Workman and actor Jimmy Workman.[2][3][4] Her mother's family is Greek.[5]


Winter obtained her first entertainment industry job in a Cool Whip commercial at age six.[6] She had her first television role at age 7, in an episode of Listen Up!, and followed it with appearances in a variety of shows such as Tickle U, Freddie, Monk, Bones, and ER. In the animated children's show Phineas and Ferb, she voiced the character of Gretchen before winning the regular role of Alex Dunphy in the series Modern Family, which premiered in 2009. She has continued to work in TV animation, including providing the voice of Marina the Mermaid on Disney Junior's Jake and the Never Land Pirates. In 2012, Winter was cast as Sofia, the lead character in a then-new Disney animated franchise Sofia the First.[7] The series premiered in January 2013 on Disney Junior. She also lent her voice to characters in the animated films, Disney's Bambi II and Blue Sky's Ice Age: The Meltdown.

Winter has appeared in feature films, most notably in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and also in Speed Racer, Duress, Opposite Day, and Fred 2. For her leading role in the film The Chaperone, she was nominated at the Young Artist Awards 2012 as Best Actress in a Motion Picture.[8]

Personal life[edit]

In October 2012, her sister Shanelle Workman-Gray filed to become guardian of Winter[9] alleging physical and emotional abuse. On May 5, 2014, the court ordered permanent guardianship to Gray and removed Winter from her mother's guardianship permanently.[10]

Gray and Winter's mother later released a statement stating "The family has moved beyond the conflict." [11]

Winter has been dating fellow high school alumni Laurent Guadette since December 2013. [12]


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Young Harmony Faith Lane
2006 Bambi II Thumper's sister Voice
Curious George Kid
Ice Age: The Meltdown Various characters
Over the Hedge
Grilled Dolly
2008 One Missed Call Ellie Layton
Horton Hears a Who! Various characters Voice
Speed Racer Young Trixie Shimura
2009 Tales from the Catholic Church of Elvis! Little girl
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete Marlene Wallace Voice
Life Is Hot in Cracktown Suzie
Duress Sarah Barnett
Opposite Day Carla Benson
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Various characters Voice
Afro Samurai: Resurrection Young Sio
2010 Killers Sadie
Nic & Tristan Go Mega Dega Lisa
DC Showcase: Green Arrow Princess Perdita Voice
2011 Chaperone, TheThe Chaperone Sally
Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension Gretchen
Various characters
Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred Talia Dawg
2012 Excision Grace
ParaNorman Blithe the hollow kid Voice
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - Part 1 Carrie Kelley/Robin
Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess Sofia
2013 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - Part 2 Carrie Kelley/Robin
Truck Stop Kate
Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright Chrissy Damon Voice
Sofia the First: The Floating Palace Sofia
2014 Mr. Peabody & Sherman Penny Peterson


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Listen Up! Little Girl Episode: "Last Vegas"
Tickle U Pipoca
Freddie Hobo Episode: "Halloween"
2006 Monk Donna Cain Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Astronaut"
So NoTORIous Little Tori 5 episodes
Jericho Julie Episode: "Pilot"
Bones Liza Episode: "The Girl with the Curl"
Nip/Tuck Kid Episode: "Reefer"
2007 All of Us Episode: "Artificial Intelligence"
Crossing Jordan Gwen Episode: "Faith"
Shorty McShorts' Shorts Taffy Voice
Episode: "Flip-Flopped"
Criminal Minds Katie Episode: "Seven Seconds"
2007–present Phineas and Ferb Gretchen
Various characters
2008 Ghost Whisperer Natalie Episode: "Imaginary Friends and Enemies"
2009 ER Lucy Moore 5 episodes
Penguins of Madagascar, TheThe Penguins of Madagascar Little girl Voice
Episode: "What Goes Around / Mask of the Raccoon"
2009–present Modern Family Alex Dunphy Main role
104 episodes
2011 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Marina the Mermaid Voice
15 episodes
R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour Jenny Episode: "Fear Never Knocks"
2012 Gracie Episode: "Headshot"
Winx Club Macy Episode: "The Lilo "
2013-present Sofia the First Sofia Voice
41 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Young Kairi Voice
2012 Final Fantasy XIII-2 Mog
Guild Wars 2 Cassie
2015 Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Moogle


Screen Actors Guild Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2010 Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Sarah Hyland, Rico Rodriguez, Ariel Winter and Nolan Gould for Modern Family Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Won
2011 Won
2012 Won
2013 Won

Young Artist Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2010 Modern Family Outstanding Young Ensemble in a TV Series Won[13]
2011 Nominated[14]
2012 The Chaperone Best Leading Young Actress in a Feature Film Nominated[8]


  1. ^ Ariel Winter at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ Rowley, Alison (November 10, 2012). "Ariel Winter's grandfather: 'I never witnessed any abuse'". 
  3. ^ Lee, Ken (December 12, 2012). "Ariel Winter to Stay with Sister, Dad to Oversee Estate". 
  4. ^ "Helen G. Batistas Obituary". Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  5. ^ Ariel Winter- Interview with the Modern Family teen star in LA for MTV Greece. Interview with George Satsidis. YouTube. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  6. ^ "It's Evening in America". Vanity Fair, May 2012, p. 159.
  7. ^ "Ariel Winter Will Voice Disney’s New Princess "Sofia The First"". Retrieved September 23, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "33rd Annual Young Artist Awards". Retrieved March 31, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Modern Family star removed from care of 'emotionally abusive' mother". May 6, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Family settles guardianship dispute over 'Modern Family' teen actress Ariel Winter". Associated Press. May 5, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Settlement reached in guardianship of 'Modern Family' actress Ariel Winter". Los Angeles: Associated Press. May 5, 2014. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  12. ^
  13. ^ "31st Annual Young Artist Awards". Retrieved March 31, 2012. 
  14. ^ "32nd Annual Young Artist Awards". Retrieved March 31, 2012. 

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