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Sarah Hyland
Sarah Hyland at 2015 PaleyFest.jpg
Hyland at the 2015 PaleyFest
Sarah Jane Hyland

(1990-11-24) November 24, 1990 (age 30)
EducationProfessional Performing Arts School
Years active1997–present
Partner(s)Wells Adams (2017–present)

Sarah Jane Hyland (born November 24, 1990)[1] is an American actress.[2][3] Born in Manhattan, she attended the Professional Performing Arts School, then had small roles in the films Private Parts (1997), Annie (1999), and Blind Date (2007). She is best known for playing Haley Dunphy in the ABC sitcom Modern Family (2009–2020), for which she received critical acclaim and numerous accolades, including four Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, and a Critics' Choice Television Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

Hyland is also known for her roles in the films Geek Charming (2011), Struck by Lightning (2012), Scary Movie 5 (2013), Vampire Academy (2014), See You in Valhalla (2015), XOXO (2016), Dirty Dancing (2017) and The Wedding Year (2019).

Early life[edit]

Hyland was born in Manhattan, New York, the daughter of actors Melissa Canaday and Edward James Hyland. She is the sister of actor Ian Hyland.[1] She attended the Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan.[4]


Hyland has been acting since her first role as Howard Stern's daughter in the film Private Parts in 1997.[5] She went on to portray roles such as Molly in the 1999 television film of Annie and Maddie Healy in Lipstick Jungle on NBC. Hyland is featured in an Olive Garden commercial along with actress Molly Culver and has also appeared on Broadway as the young Jacqueline Bouvier in Grey Gardens (2006).[6]

Since 2009, Hyland has played Haley Dunphy on the ABC sitcom Modern Family, for which she and the rest of the show's cast have won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series each year from 2011 through 2014.[7][8][9][10] In 2011, Hyland co-starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie Geek Charming.[11]

In 2012, Hyland appeared in the film Struck by Lightning.[12][13] In September 2012, she was involved in a Nintendo 3DS ad campaign[14] along with Dianna Agron and Gabby Douglas.[15][16]

Additional musical projects and theatre productions Hyland has performed in are: Kerrigan-Lowdermilk Concert (2013), Hair (2014 adaptation at the Hollywood Bowl), The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Scream (2014 play at Rockwell Table & Stage) and The Kindred Foundation for Adoption created by Jenna Ushkowitz and Samantha Futerman (2015 fundraiser).[17][18][19]

In 2014 and 2018, Hyland was a co-host at the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade (during Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration and The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration), which included dancing and singing with Jordan Fisher.[20][21][22][23][24] Hyland also made a guest appearance during The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60 (2016) and Mickey's 90th Spectacular (2018).[25]

In 2016, Hyland covered songs with Boyce Avenue such as "Closer" by The Chainsmokers[26] and "Don't Wanna Know" by Maroon 5,[27] both included on the Boyce Avenue album Cover Sessions, Vol. 4, which was released on December 19, 2017.

Hyland sang her debut performance of "Met At a Party" with Jordan McGraw (son of Dr. Phil) at the 2019 Teen Choice Awards. The single was released on August 9, 2019 via Republic Records.[28][29][30][31]

Personal life[edit]

Hyland was diagnosed with kidney dysplasia as a young child and received a kidney transplant from her father in April 2012. That kidney failed after a few years, leading to a second kidney transplant in September 2017, donated by her younger brother, Ian.[32] Hyland is on regular anti-rejection medicines and steroids to ensure that her body does not reject her donated kidney; consequently, Hyland has difficulty maintaining weight and muscle mass, and has been put on bed-rest several times, sometimes continuing to film Modern Family simultaneously.[33][34]

In December 2018, Hyland said in a Self magazine article she had contemplated suicide because she felt she was a burden on her family and she blamed herself for her body rejecting her father's kidney.[32] Since birth, she has undergone 16 surgeries to improve her health, including numerous kidney surgeries and a laparoscopic surgery to treat her endometriosis.[32]

Hyland dated her Geek Charming co-star Matt Prokop for several years after meeting in 2010.[35][36][37] In August 2014, Hyland obtained a domestic violence temporary restraining order against Prokop[38] for physically and verbally abusing her throughout the four years of their relationship.[39] In October of that same year, the restraining order became permanent.[40]

In 2017, Hyland began dating Wells Adams, radio personality and former contestant on The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise.[41] In July 2019, the couple became engaged.[42] They reside in Los Angeles.[43]


Hyland at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards


Year Title Role Notes
1997 A Tall Winter's Tale Elizabeth
Private Parts Howard's Daughter
1998 The Object of My Affection Molly
Advice from a Caterpillar Lizbeth
1999 Cradle Will Rock Silvano – Giovanna
2002 The Empath Young Christine
2004 Spanglish Sleepover friend
2007 Blind Date Child (voice)
2010 Monster Heroes Delilah
Cougars, Inc. Courtney
2011 Conception Tracey
2012 Struck by Lightning Claire Mathews
2013 Scary Movie 5 Mia
April Apocalypse Samm
2014 Vampire Academy Natalie Dashkov
Date and Switch Ava
2015 See You in Valhalla Johana Burwood Also producer
2016 Satanic Chloe
Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League – Gotham City Breakout Batgirl (voice)
XOXO Krystal Also executive producer
2019 The Wedding Year Mara Hickey


Year Title Role Notes
1997–1998 Another World Rain Wolfe Unknown episodes
1998 Trinity Shy Girl Episode: "No Secrets"
The Audrey Hepburn Story Audrey Hepburn (Age 8) TV film
1999 Annie Molly
2000 Joe Gould's Secret Elizabeth Mitchell
All My Children Karen 2 episodes
Falcone Jess Pistone Egan Unknown episodes
2001 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Lily Ramsey Episode: "Repression"
2002 Touched by an Angel Grace Episode: "A Feather on the Breath of God"
2004 Law & Order Kristine McLean Episode: "The Dead Wives Club"
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Brianne Colby Episode: "Vigilante"
2007 One Life to Live Heather 7 episodes
2008–2009 Lipstick Jungle Maddie Healy 15 episodes
2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jennifer Banks Episode: "Hothouse"
2009–2020 Modern Family Haley Dunphy Main role; 11 seasons
2010 Cubed Herself Episode 2.4
2011 Childrens Hospital Famous Person Episode: "Nip/Tug"
Geek Charming Dylan Schoenfield TV film
2012 Punk'd Herself Episode: "Lucy Hale"
Perception Girl With Tourette's Episode: "Kilimanjaro"
2012–2015 Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja Theresa Fowler (voice) 11 episodes
2013 Call Me Crazy: A Five Film Grace TV film; segment: "Grace"
Bonnie & Clyde Blanche Barrow Miniseries
2014 Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 2: Villains in Paradise Lena Luthor (voice) Special
Hot in Cleveland Ivy Episode: "Rusty Banks Rides Again"
2015 Repeat After Me Herself Episode: "Episode 101"
The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar Tiifu (voice) TV film
2016–2017 The Lion Guard 4 episodes
2016 Lip Sync Battle Shorties Herself Host; TV special (pilot)
2017 Lip Sync Battle Episode: "Sarah Hyland vs. DeAndre Jordan"
Dimension 404 Chloe Episode: "Cinethrax"
Dirty Dancing Lisa Houseman TV film
Shadowhunters Seelie Queen 2 episodes[44]
The Lion Guard: The Rise of Scar Tiifu (voice) TV film
2019 Veronica Mars Alyssa Episode: "Heads You Lose"
2020 RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Herself (guest judge) Episode: "SheMZ"


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2020 Lady Parts Herself (host) [45]

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist(s) Ref.
2009 "In the Moonlight (Do Me)" Reid Ewing [46]
2016 "Like I Did" Shane Harper [47]
"Closer" Boyce Avenue featuring Sarah Hyland [26]
"Don't Wanna Know" [27]
2017 "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" Sarah Hyland and J. Quinton Johnson [48]
2018 "Know U Anymore" BoTalks featuring Sarah Hyland [49]


Year Song(s) Artist(s) Album Ref.
2017 "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" and "Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright" Cast of Dirty Dancing (2017) Dirty Dancing: Original Television Soundtrack
2017 "Closer" and "Don't Wanna Know" Boyce Avenue Cover Sessions, Vol. 4

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
2000 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film or TV Movie – Young Ensemble (shared with cast) Annie Nominated [50]
2010 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Modern Family Nominated [51]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Female Breakout Star Nominated [52]
2011 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Won [7]
2012 Won [8]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Female Scene Stealer Nominated [53]
2013 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Won [9]
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated [54]
2014 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Won [10]
Glamour Awards Comedy Actress Won [55]
2015 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated [56]
2016 Nominated [57]
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Female TV Star – Family Show Nominated [58]
2017 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated [59]
2018 Teen Choice Awards Choice Comedy TV Actress Nominated [60]
2019 Nominated [61]


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