Ariel Winter

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Ariel Winter
Ariel Winter at 2015 PaleyFest.jpg
Ariel Winter at PaleyFest in 2015
Born Ariel Winter Workman
(1998-01-28) January 28, 1998 (age 18)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Education Campbell Hall School
Occupation Actress, singer, voice actress
Years active 2004–present

Ariel Winter (born Ariel Winter Workman, January 28, 1998) is an American actress, singer, and voice actress. 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 Los Angeles, California on January 28, 1998,[1] 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 Or Tickle U On Noggin, 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 2006, her sister Shanelle Gray filed to become guardian of Winter, alleging their mother had been physically and emotionally abusive to Winter.[9] On May 5, 2014, the court ordered 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."[10] On May 15, 2015, Winter declared on Twitter that she was officially emancipated.[11]

In June 2015, Winter underwent breast reduction surgery[12][13]; she later commented on her decision that "being a 5-ft.-tall girl and having extremely large breasts is really ostracizing and excruciatingly painful."[14]. She has since worn fashion styles that openly show the scars from the surgery saying "there is a reason I didn't make an effort to cover up my scars! They are part of me and I'm not ashamed of them at all."[15]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Young Harmony Faith Lane
2006 Bambi II Thumper's sister Voice
2006 Curious George Kid Voice
2006 Ice Age: The Meltdown Various characters Voice
2006 Grilled Dolly
2008 One Missed Call Ellie Layton
2008 Horton Hears a Who! Various characters Voice
2008 Speed Racer Young Trixie Shimura
2009 Tales from the Catholic Church of Elvis! Little girl
2009 Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete Marlene Wallace Voice
2009 Life Is Hot in Cracktown Suzie
2009 Duress Sarah Barnett
2009 Opposite Day Carla Benson
2009 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Various characters Voice
2009 Afro Samurai: Resurrection Young Sio Voice
2010 Killers Sadie
2010 Nic & Tristan Go Mega Dega Lisa
2010 DC Showcase: Green Arrow Princess Perdita Voice
2011 Chaperone, TheThe Chaperone Sally
2011 Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension Gretchen
Various characters
2011 Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred Talia Dawg
2012 Excision Grace
2012 ParaNorman Blithe Hollow - kid Voice
2012 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - Part 1 Carrie Kelley/Robin Voice
2012 Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess Sofia Voice
2013 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - Part 2 Carrie Kelley/Robin Voice
2013 Dora the Explorer and the Destiny Medallion Dora YouTube short film Series by CollegeHumor
2013 Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright Chrissy Damon Voice
2013 Sofia the First: The Floating Palace Sofia Voice
2013 Tad, The Lost Explorer Sara Lavrof Voice
2014 Mr. Peabody & Sherman Penny Peterson Voice
2015 Safelight Kate


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Listen Up! Little Girl Episode: "Last Vegas"
2005 Tickle U Pipoca
2005 Freddie Hobo Episode: "Halloween"
2006 Monk Donna Cain Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Astronaut"
2006 So NoTORIous Little Tori 5 episodes
2006 Jericho Julie Episode: "Pilot"
2006 Bones Liza Episode: "The Girl with the Curl"
2006 Nip/Tuck Kid Episode: "Reefer"
2007 Crossing Jordan Gwen Episode: "Faith"
2007 Shorty McShorts' Shorts Taffy Voice
Episode: "Flip-Flopped"
2007 Criminal Minds Katie Episode: "Seven Seconds"
2007–15 Phineas and Ferb Gretchen
Various characters
2008 Ghost Whisperer Natalie Episode: "Imaginary Friends and Enemies"
2009 ER Lucy Moore 5 episodes
2009 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
139 episodes
2011 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Marina the Mermaid Voice
15 episodes
2011 R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour Jenny Episode: "Fear Never Knocks"
2012 Gracie Episode: "Headshot"
2012 Winx Club Macy Episode: "The Lilo"
2013–present Sofia the First Sofia Voice
41 episodes
2013–present Galaxy World of Alisa Alisa Selezneva (voice) American English dub

Video games[edit]

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


Screen Actors Guild Awards[edit]

Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
2009 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 Nominated
2010 Won
2011 Won
2012 Won
2013 Won
2014 Nominated
2015 Nominated

Young Artist Awards[edit]

Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
2010 Modern Family Outstanding Young Ensemble in a TV Series Won[16]
2011 Nominated[17]
2012 The Chaperone Best Leading Young Actress in a Feature Film Nominated[8]


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  2. ^ Rowley, Alison (November 10, 2012). "Ariel Winter's grandfather: 'I never witnessed any abuse'". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on November 13, 2012. 
  3. ^ Lee, Ken (December 12, 2012). "Ariel Winter to Stay with Sister, Dad to Oversee Estate". People. Archived from the original on July 7, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Helen G. Batistas Obituary". The Washington Post via Archived from the original on July 6, 2015. 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. ^ Hill, Jim. "Ariel Winter Looks Ahead, Prepares for Life After Modern Family and Sofia the First". The Huffington Post. Retrieved January 9, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b "33rd Annual Young Artist Awards". Retrieved March 31, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Modern Family star Ariel Winter in custody battle". December 13, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b McCartney, Anthony (May 5, 2014). "Family settles guardianship dispute over 'Modern Family' teen actress Ariel Winter". U.S. News & World Report. Associated Press. Archived from the original on June 30, 2015. 
  11. ^ Corriston, Michele (May 15, 2015). "Modern Family's Ariel Winter Is Emancipated, Thanks 'Amazing Support System'". People. Archived from the original on May 16, 2015. Retrieved May 16, 2015. 
  12. ^ Yagoda, Maria (2015-08-12). "Ariel Winter Explains Decision to Undergo Breast Reduction Surgery :". Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  13. ^ Radloff, Jessica (2015-08-12). "Ariel Winter Breast Reduction Surgery Exclusive Interview". Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  14. ^ Gomez, Patrick (2016-01-27). "Modern Family's Ariel Winter on Breast Reduction :". Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  15. ^ McDermott, Maeva (2016-02-02). "Here's why Ariel Winter bared her breast reduction scars on the red carpet". USA Today (McLean, VA: Gannett). ISSN 0734-7456. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  16. ^ "31st Annual Young Artist Awards". Retrieved March 31, 2012. 
  17. ^ "32nd Annual Young Artist Awards". Retrieved March 31, 2012. 

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