Winter at PaleyFest in 2015
January 28, 1998
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Education||Campbell Hall School|
|Occupation||Actress, singer, model, voice actress|
Ariel Winter (born January 28, 1998) is an American actress, singer, model 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.
Winter was born in Los Angeles, California 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. Her mother's family is Greek.
Winter obtained her first entertainment industry job in a Cool Whip commercial at age six. 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. 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.
In October 2012, her sister Shanelle Gray filed to become guardian of Winter, alleging their mother had been physically and emotionally abusive to Winter. In August 2013, Winter's brother, Jimmy Workman, filed to have Winter removed from Shanelle's care and custody granted to him instead. On May 5, 2014, the court ordered permanent guardianship to Gray and removed Winter from her mother's guardianship permanently. Gray and Winter's mother later released a statement stating "The family has moved beyond the conflict."  On May 15, 2015, Winter declared on Twitter that she was officially emancipated.
|2005||Kiss Kiss Bang Bang||Young Harmony Faith Lane|
|2006||Bambi II||Thumper's sister||Voice|
|Ice Age: The Meltdown||Various characters|
|Over the Hedge|
|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|
|Opposite Day||Carla Benson|
|Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs||Various characters||Voice|
|Afro Samurai: Resurrection||Young Sio|
|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
|Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred||Talia Dawg|
|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|
|Dora the Explorer and the Destiny Medallion
(YouTube Short Film Series by CollegeHumor)
|Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright||Chrissy Damon||Voice|
|Sofia the First: The Floating Palace||Sofia|
|2013||Tad, The Lost Explorer||Sara Lavrof|
|2014||Mr. Peabody & Sherman||Penny Peterson||Voice|
|2005||Listen Up!||Little Girl||Episode: "Last Vegas"|
|2006||Monk||Donna Cain||Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Astronaut"|
|So NoTORIous||Little Tori||5 episodes|
|Bones||Liza||Episode: "The Girl with the Curl"|
|2007||All of Us||Episode: "Artificial Intelligence"|
|Crossing Jordan||Gwen||Episode: "Faith"|
|Shorty McShorts' Shorts||Taffy||Voice
|Criminal Minds||Katie||Episode: "Seven Seconds"|
|2007–2015||Phineas and Ferb||Gretchen
|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
|2011||Jake and the Never Land Pirates||Marina the Mermaid||Voice
|R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour||Jenny||Episode: "Fear Never Knocks"|
|Winx Club||Macy||Episode: "The Lilo "|
|2013-present||Sofia the First||Sofia||Voice
|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
|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|
Young Artist Awards
|Year||Recipient / Nominated work||Award||Result|
|2010||Modern Family||Outstanding Young Ensemble in a TV Series||Won|
|2012||The Chaperone||Best Leading Young Actress in a Feature Film||Nominated|
- "Settlement reached in guardianship of 'Modern Family' actress Ariel Winter". Los Angeles: PoconoRecord.com. Associated Press. May 5, 2014. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
- Rowley, Alison (November 10, 2012). "Ariel Winter's grandfather: 'I never witnessed any abuse'". digitalspyuk.com.
- Lee, Ken (December 12, 2012). "Ariel Winter to Stay with Sister, Dad to Oversee Estate". People.com.
- "Helen G. Batistas Obituary". legacy.com. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
- Ariel Winter- Interview with the Modern Family teen star in LA for MTV Greece. Interview with George Satsidis. YouTube. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
- "It's Evening in America". Vanity Fair, May 2012, p. 159.
- "Ariel Winter Will Voice Disney’s New Princess "Sofia The First"". Retrieved September 23, 2012.
- "33rd Annual Young Artist Awards". YoungArtistAwards.org. Retrieved March 31, 2012.
- "Modern Family's Ariel Winter, 14, 'removed from home amid allegations of abuse'". Daily Mail. November 8, 2012. Archived from the original on May 16, 2015. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
- "Modern Family star removed from care of 'emotionally abusive' mother". firstpost.com. May 6, 2014.
- "Family settles guardianship dispute over 'Modern Family' teen actress Ariel Winter". Associated Press. May 5, 2014.
- 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.
- "31st Annual Young Artist Awards". YoungArtistAwards.org. Retrieved March 31, 2012.
- "32nd Annual Young Artist Awards". YoungArtistAwards.org. Retrieved March 31, 2012.
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