Ariel Winter

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Ariel Winter
Ariel Winter PaleyFest 2015 (16859744400).jpg
Winter in March 2015
Ariel Winter Workman

(1998-01-28) January 28, 1998 (age 24)
  • Actress
  • voice actress
Years active2002–present

Ariel Winter Workman (born January 28, 1998) is an American actress. She starred as Alex Dunphy in the ABC comedy series Modern Family, for which she and her co-stars won four consecutive Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series. She also voiced the titular character in the Disney Junior show Sofia the First and Penny Peterson in the 2014 animated film Mr. Peabody and Sherman.

Early life[edit]

Winter was born on January 28, 1998,[1] the daughter of Chrisoula (née Batistas) and Glenn Workman. Through her mother, she is of Greek descent, and through her father, of German descent.[2] She is the younger sister of actors Shanelle Workman and Jimmy Workman.[3][4][5]


Winter obtained her first entertainment industry job in a Cool Whip commercial advertisement in 2002 when she was 4 years old.[6] She had her first television role in an episode of Listen Up!, and followed it with appearances in a variety of shows such as 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 and ended in 2020. 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.

Winter at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in September 2016

In 2014, she voiced Penny Peterson, Sherman's adversary turned friend in the Dreamworks Animation film Mr. Peabody and Sherman. 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, Speed Racer, Duress, and Opposite Day. She also appeared on the Halloween-themed TV film Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred. 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, Winter's sister Shanelle Workman filed to become her guardian, alleging that their mother had been physically and emotionally abusive.[9] On May 5, 2014, the court awarded guardianship to Workman and permanently removed Winter from her mother's guardianship.[10] Their mother later released a statement saying that "the family has moved beyond the conflict".[10] On May 15, 2015, Winter declared on Twitter that she was officially emancipated.[11][12]

In June 2015, Winter underwent breast reduction surgery.[13][14] In a 2016 interview with ABC News Nightline, Winter explained the awkwardness of developing at 12 years old in the public eye, combined with the back pain that rendered her unable to stand up straight at times, was "really ostracizing and excruciatingly painful."[14][15][16] Describing the improvement that the surgery had on her both physically and psychologically, she told Glamour magazine that it was "amazing to finally feel right. This is how I was supposed to be."[14] At the January 2016 Screen Actors Guild Awards, Winter gained media attention for wearing a Romona Kaveza gown[17] that revealed her surgical scars. She was shocked after walking down the red carpet to see the photos the next day and "every headline be about my cleavage and -- not about my talent."[16] Winter later tweeted: "Guys 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."[17]

Winter attended Campbell Hall School in Los Angeles, graduating in June 2016.[18] In April 2016, she was accepted to University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and scheduled to begin there in the fall quarter of 2016.[19] However, on September 12, she confirmed that she planned to attend UCLA in fall 2017. On her decision to attend college, she explained, "You gotta have something else you can do. I've always been interested in law, so I think it'll definitely be something that I'll love to do and also go to school for."[20] In 2018, Winter took an indefinite hiatus from UCLA to focus on her work.[21] In April 2019, she attended the We Day event in Tacoma, Washington.[22]

Winter is a member of the Greek Orthodox Church.[23]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Young Harmony Faith Lane
2006 Curious George Kid (voice)
Bambi II Thumper's sister (voice)
Ice Age: The Meltdown Various characters (voices)
2008 One Missed Call Ellie Layton
Speed Racer Young Trixie
Horton Hears a Who! Various characters (voices)
Doraemon: Nobita and the Green Giant Legend Shizuka Minamoto English dub
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 (voices)
Afro Samurai: Resurrection Young Sio (voice) English dub
2010 Killers Sadie
Nic & Tristan Go Mega Dega Lisa
DC Showcase: Green Arrow Princess Perdita (voice)
2011 The Chaperone Sally
Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension 2nd Dimension Gretchen / Various characters (voices)
Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred Talia
2012 Excision Grace
Tad, The Lost Explorer Sarah Lavrof (voice) US English dub
ParaNorman Blithe Hollow kid (voice)
Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess Sofia (voice) Television movie
2012–2013 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Parts 1 & 2 Carrie Kelley / Robin (voice) Direct-to-video; originally released separately
2013 Dora the Explorer and the Destiny Medallion Dora YouTube short film series by CollegeHumor
Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright Chrissy Damon (voice)
Sofia the First: The Floating Palace Sofia (voice) Television movie
Tad, The Lost Explorer Sara Lavrof (voice)
2014 Mr. Peabody & Sherman Penny Peterson (voice)
2015 Safelight Kate
2016 Elena and the Secret of Avalor Sofia (voice) Television movie
2017 Smurfs: The Lost Village Smurf Lily (voice)
The Last Movie Star Lil


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Listen Up! Little Girl Episode: "Last Vegas"
Tickle-U Pipoca (voice) Host of Cartoon Network's preschool block
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 Crossing Jordan Gwen Episode: "Faith"
Shorty McShorts' Shorts Taffy (voice) Episode: "Flip-Flopped"
Criminal Minds Katie Jacobs Episode: "Seven Seconds"
2007–2015 Phineas and Ferb Gretchen / Various characters (voices)
2008 Ghost Whisperer Natalie Episode: "Imaginary Friends and Enemies"
2009 ER Lucy Moore 5 episodes
The Penguins of Madagascar Little girl (voice) Episode: "What Goes Around / Mask of the Raccoon"
2009–2020 Modern Family Alex Dunphy Series regular
2011 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Marina the Mermaid (voice) 15 episodes
Minnie's Bow-Toons Roxie Squirrel Episode: "Pom Pom Problem; Pet Adoption"
WWE Raw Herself Guest star (airdate: February 14)
The Haunting Hour: The Series Jenny Episode: "Fear Never Knocks"
2012 The Haunting Hour: The Series Gracie Episode: "Headshot"
Young Justice Queen Perdita Episode: "Coldhearted"
2013–2018 Sofia the First Sofia (voice) 109 episodes
2016 Milo Murphy's Law Jackie (voice) Episode: "The Wilder West"
2019 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Raegan James Episode: "The Darkest Journey Home"[24]
Robot Chicken Various characters (voice) Episode: "Ginger Hill in: Bursting Pipes"
2020 Elena of Avalor Sofia (voice) Episode: "Coronation Day"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Young Kairi
2012 Final Fantasy XIII-2 Mog
Guild Wars 2 Cassie
2014 Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix Young Kairi Archival footage
2015 Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Moglin
2020 Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory Young Kairi Archival footage
2022 The Quarry Abigail "Abi" Blyg Voice, motion-capture and likeness

Awards and nominations[edit]

Screen Actors Guild Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominated work Result
2009 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Modern Family
(shared with Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Sarah Hyland, Rico Rodriguez, and Nolan Gould)
2010 Won
2011 Won
2012 Won
2013 Won
2014 Nominated
2015 Nominated
2016 Nominated

Young Artist Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2010 Outstanding Young Ensemble in a TV Series Modern Family Won [25]
2011 Nominated [26]
2012 Best Leading Young Actress in a Feature Film The Chaperone Nominated [8]


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  22. ^ Staff, KIRO 7 News (April 4, 2019). "Stars, activists set for WE Day youth empowerment event at Tacoma Dome". KIRO. Retrieved March 10, 2020.
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  26. ^ "32nd Annual Young Artist Awards". Retrieved March 31, 2012.

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