Laura Marano

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Laura Marano
Born (1995-11-29) November 29, 1995 (age 20)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active 2003–present
Relatives Vanessa Marano (sister)
Musical career
Genres Pop
Instruments Vocals
Labels Big Machine[1]
External images
Marano at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards

Laura Marano (born November 29, 1995)[2] is an American actress and singer who stars in the Disney Channel series Austin & Ally[3][4] as Ally Dawson. Marano was one of the five original classmates in Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?. She starred in Without a Trace for three seasons and also Back to You, in both instances playing the daughter of the main characters. Her older sister Vanessa Marano is also an actress.[5] Marano stars in the indie film, A Sort of Homecoming.[6] Marano also stars in the 2015 Disney Channel Original Movie Bad Hair Day along with Good Luck Charlie actress Leigh-Allyn Baker.[7]

Early life

Marano was born in Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of college professor Damiano Marano and former actress Ellen Marano.[8] Her father is of Italian descent.[9] Her mother, Ellen, is the owner of Agoura Children's Theatre.[10] Marano revealed that she doesn't go to school on the set of Austin & Ally. Instead, she attended a regular high school: "I go to an actual high school and my friends and everybody there have been so supportive [...] It's nice when I'm not working to go to that school and be surrounded by really supportive friends."[11] She is also the younger sister of Vanessa Marano, who stars on ABC Family's Switched at Birth.



Marano's first acting role was when she was five years old.[12] Since then, she worked for multiple productions at the Stage Door Theater. She has appeared in numerous commercials and had small roles on Ghost Whisperer, Medical Investigation, Huff and Joan of Arcadia. Her bigger roles in television have been in Without a Trace and other shows. She played the child role of Keira Knightley's character in the film The Jacket and had a small flashback role in the film Superbad. She was a regular cast member on the FOX game show, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? and played the role of Gracie Carr on FOX's sitcom Back to You.

Marano has since appeared in several episodes of The Sarah Silverman Program. Initially she was cast in the pilot episode, "Batteries", as the child version of Sarah Silverman, and the writers liked her so much they brought her back for a larger role as a girl Sarah coaches to win a beauty pageant ("Not Without My Daughter"). On the DVD commentary track, co-star Brian Posehn notes that Marano knew everyone else's lines better than they did. She also appeared in Dexter as the child version of Debra Morgan. She also played the child version of a character played by Diana Scarwid, Alice Shaw, sister of Angela Petrelli, on Heroes. Marano is best known for her role as Ally Dawson on the Disney Channel series Austin & Ally.[13][14] In 2015 Marano starred in Disney Channel's Original Movie, "Bad Hair Day."


In 2013, Marano recorded four solo songs and one duet with Ross Lynch for the soundtrack album Austin & Ally: Turn It Up.[15] "Me and You" debuted within the U.S. Billboard Kid Digital Songs chart at number thirteen before rising to the sixth spot, spending eleven weeks on the chart.[16] "Redial" debuted at number nineteen before peaking at number eighteen, spending four weeks on the chart.[16] Also in 2013, Marano recorded a duet with her Austin & Ally co-star Ross Lynch entitled "I Love Christmas" for Disney Channel's third holiday compilation album, Holidays Unwrapped.[17] On November 25, 2013, the song was released as a promotional single.[17] On December 14, "I Love Christmas" debuted within the U.S. Billboard Holiday Digital Songs chart peaking at number fifty.[18] Marano sings, dances, and writes songs. She hopes to perform in stage musicals in the future.[19][20][21] In 2014, Marano appeared in a music video produced for British pop-rock group The Vamps and Demi Lovato called "Somebody To You".[22] In February 2014, Marano recorded "The Me That You Don't See" for the album Disney Channel Play It Loud; the song peaked at number eighteen within the U.S. Billboard Kid Digital Songs chart.[16]

In March 2015, Marano stated that she had signed a record deal with Universal's Big Machine Records.[1]


In August 2013, Marano has been named the 2013 UNICEF's Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Ambassador, which encouraged children to raise money on Halloween to help children around the world. About the campaign, Laura said "I'm so excited to celebrate Halloween this year by encouraging kids to support UNICEF's lifesaving work. The Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign is a fun, easy way for kids to learn about world issues and to help other kids who are less fortunate."[23]

In August 2014, Marano was ambassador for the Disney and Birds Eye Vegetables campaign 'Step up to the plate'.[24] The campaign's goal is to encourage children in the United States to explore healthy foods such as vegetables.


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Finding Nemo Various roles [25][26]
2005 The Jacket Young Jackie
2006 Ice Age: The Meltdown Various roles
2007 Goldfish Suzy Short film
2007 Superbad Young Becca
2015 A Sort of Homecoming Young Amy
2015 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip Hotel Babysitter
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2003–06 Without a Trace Kate Malone Recurring role (Seasons 24)
2004 Joan of Arcadia Emily "Night without Stars" (Season 1, Episode 15)
2005 Medical Investigation Brooke Beck "Tribe" (Season 1, Episode 13)
2005–08 X's, TheThe X's Scout Y Main role; Voice
2006 Ghost Whisperer Audrey "Friendly Neighborhood Ghost" (Season 1, Episode 13)
2006 Huff Amelia "Black Shadows" (Season 2, Episode 12)
2006 Dexter Young Debra "Let's Give the Boy a Hand" (Season 1, Episode 4)
"Father Knows Best" (Season 1, Episode 9)
2007 Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader Herself / Judge / Mentor Season 1
2007–08 Back to You Gracie Carr Main role
2007–10 The Sarah Silverman Program Heather Silverman /
Young Sarah Silverman
Recurring role
2008 Ni Hao, Kai-Lan Mei Mei "Kai-Lan's Trip to China - Part 1" (Season 1, Episode 119)
"Kai-Lan's Trip to China - Part 2" (Season 1, Episode 120)
2008 Gary Unmarried Louise Brooks "Pilot" (Season 1, Episode 1)
"Gary Gets Boundaries" (Season 1, Episode 2)
2009 Heroes Young Alice Shaw "1961" (Season 3, Episode 23)
2009 Little Monk Cousin Lauren "Little Monk and the Monk Cousin" (Season 1, Episode 5)
2010 True Jackson, VP Molly "Little Buddies" (Season 2, Episode 7)
2010 Telepathic Marsha Unsold Nickelodeon series pilot
2010 FlashForward Young Tracy "Blowback" (Season 1, Episode 13)
2010 Childrens Hospital Haley "Frankfurthers. Allman Brothers. Death, Frankfurters" (Season 2, Episode 7)
2011–16 Austin & Ally Ally Dawson Lead role
2012 Austin & Jessie & Ally All Star New Year Ally Dawson Special episode
2014 Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja Rachel Voice; 4 episodes (Season 2)
2014 Fish Hooks Girl Hamster #2 Voice; "Algae Day" (Season 3, Episode 14)
2014 Liv and Maddie Fangs "Howl-A-Rooney" (Season 1, Episode 16)
2015 Bad Hair Day Monica Reeves Disney Channel Original Movie[27]
2015 Girl Meets World Ally Dawson "Girl Meets World of Terror 2" (Season 2, Episode 18)


Soundtrack albums

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak

Austin & Ally: Turn It Up
  • Released: December 17, 2013
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Label: Walt Disney
89 6
Austin & Ally: Take It from the Top
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Promotional singles

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Album
"Words"[30] 2010 N/A
"I Love Christmas"[17]
(with Ross Lynch)
2013 Holidays Unwrapped

Other appearances

Song Year Other(s) artist(s) Album
"Poop Song" 2010 Sarah Silverman From Our Rears to Your Ears[31]
"Shine" 2012 N/A Disney Fairies: Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust
"Me and You" 2013 Austin & Ally: Turn It Up
"Finally Me"
"The Me That You Don't See" 2014 Disney Channel: Play It Loud
"Austin & Ally Glee Club Mash Up" Austin & Ally cast
"You Can Come to Me" Ross Lynch
"Can't Do It Without You" 2015 Austin & Ally: Take It from the Top[29]
"No Place Like Home" N/A
"Play My Song"
"Dance Like Nobody's Watching"

Music videos

List of music videos, showing year released and director
Title Year Director Notes
"Heard It on the Radio" 2012 Matt Stawski[32] Guest appearance; Ross Lynch's music video
"The Me That You Don't See"[33] 2013 N/A
"Somebody to You" 2014 Emil Nava[34] Guest appearance; The Vamps's music video
"For The Ride"[35] 2015 N/A

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Comedy Austin & Ally Nominated [36]
2015 Kids' Choice Awards Favourite TV Actress Won [37]
Remi Awards Rising Actress A Sort of Homecoming [38]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer TV Star: Female Austin & Ally Nominated [39]
Choice TV: Chemistry (with Ross Lynch) [39]


  1. ^ a b Liz Isenberg. "Kids' Choice Awards 2015: Iggy Azalea Begged Producers to Get Slimed". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "Disney Channel Medianet - Laura Marano bio". Disney Channel. 2012. Archived from the original on February 8, 2012. Born November 29, 1995 
  3. ^ Erin Hill (November 19, 2013). "'My Favorite Things' with Austin & Ally's Laura Marano". Parade. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Exclusive: Disney's Laura Marano Shares Secrets!". 
  5. ^ "Vanessa & Laura Marano At ' Phineas & Ferb' Premiere". YouTube. Retrieved 11 January 2015. 
  6. ^ Dave McNary (January 28, 2014). "Laura Marano Starring in 'A Sort of Homecoming' (Exclusive)". Variety. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  7. ^ Variety staff (July 8, 2014). "'Bad Hair Day': Laura Marano, Leigh-Allyn Baker to Star in Disney Channel Original Movie". Retrieved July 27, 2014. 
  8. ^ Jeffrey Dransfeldt (2009-01-25). "Agoura Hills sisters are young stars on the rise". Ventura County Star. Retrieved 2013-02-07. 
  9. ^ Interview: Laura Marano. "". Retrieved 2013-12-20. 
  10. ^ "Agoura Children's Theatre About Us". 
  11. ^ "Laura Marano Goes To A Regular High School". Disney Dreaming. 2013-04-09. Retrieved 2013-12-20. 
  12. ^ "Vanessa & Laura Marano Interview - 2012 Teen Choice Awards". YouTube. clevverTV. 2012-07-23. Retrieved 2013-02-07. 
  13. ^ ""Austin & Ally," A Comedy About An Unlikely Friendship, Premieres Sunday, December 4 on Disney Channel". Disney Channel. November 1, 2011. 
  14. ^ Ng, Philiana (March 11, 2012). "Disney Channel Renews 'Austin & Ally' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved March 12, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Austin & Ally: Turn It Up (Soundtrack from the TV Series)". Itunes. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  16. ^ a b c "Artists / Laura Marano - Billboard Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  17. ^ a b c "I Love Christmas - Single by Ross Lynch & Laura Marano". Zobbel. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  18. ^ "December 14, 2013 - Holiday Digital Songs". Billboard. 2012-09-08. Retrieved 2012-09-13. 
  19. ^ Malcolm Lewis Barnes (November 27, 2013). "Teen Star Laura Marano Surprises Students at Leckie Elementary". The Washington Times. Retrieved May 18, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Hanging With Austin & Ally - Part 5 Laura Marano Interview - Disney Channel Official". YouTube. 2013-04-03. Retrieved 2013-12-20. 
  21. ^ I'd LOVE to be in the Bridget Jones musical!' Austin & Ally star Laura Marano on why she's eyeing up a role in the West End",, Retrieved on April 12, 2013
  22. ^ "The Vamps on casting Laura Marano in their 'Somebody To You' music video: Pressparty". Pressparty. Retrieved 11 January 2015. 
  23. ^ "Disney Channel Star Laura Marano Named 2013 Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Ambassador". August 19, 2013. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Laura Marano, from Disney's Austin and Ally, Steps Up to the Plate!". WTSP 10 News. August 27, 2014. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  25. ^ "Austin & Ally Show Bios". Disney Channel Press. Retrieved January 10, 2016. 
  26. ^ Osmanski, Stephanie (May 7, 2014). "13 More Stars You Had No Idea Voiced These Animated Characters!". M Magazine. Retrieved January 10, 2016. 
  27. ^ Bibel, Sara. "Original Movie 'Bad Hair Day' Starring Laura Marano & Leigh-Allyn Baker to Premiere Friday, February 13 on Disney Channel". TV by the Numbers (Press release). Retrieved January 7, 2015. 
  28. ^ a b List of Lynch's albums and singles on Billboard:
  29. ^ a b "Austin & Ally: Take It from the Top - iTunes". iTunes. 
  30. ^ "Laura Marano – Words". Discogs. Retrieved March 29, 2015. 
  31. ^ "Poop Song [Explicit]". Amazon. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  32. ^ "Disney Channel Heads to the Beach with the World Premiere of 'Heard It On the Radio' Music Video, Friday, July 13". TV By The Numbers. Retrieved 2012-07-13. 
  33. ^ "Laura Marano - The Me That You Don't See (Official Video)". YouTube. 
  34. ^ "The Vamps - Somebody To You ft. Demi Lovato". YouTube. 
  35. ^ "Laura Marano - For The Ride (From "Bad Hair Day")". YouTube. 
  36. ^ Ng, Philiana (June 17, 2014). "Teen Choice Awards Nominees: Selena Gomez, Austin Mahone and More". Hollywood Life. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  37. ^ Macatee, Rebecca (February 20, 2015). "2015 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Honor Nick Jones,Meryl Streep: See the Complete List of Nominees!". E! Online. Retrieved August 6, 2015. 
  38. ^ Ng, Philiana. "2015 Announcing Best Actor and Actress Nominations for WorldFest-Houston 48th". 
  39. ^ a b "Wave 2 Nominees!". Teen Choice Awards. July 7, 2015. Retrieved August 6, 2015. 

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Preceded by
(Reason: Show Began)
Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?
Member of the Class
Occupant of Seat #1

Season 1 (2007)
Succeeded by
Marki Ann Meyer
(Halfway through Season 1)