Ariel Winter Workman (born January 28, 1998) is an American actress. She played Alex Dunphy in the ABC comedy series Modern Family. Winter and her co-stars won four Screen Actors Guild Awards for "Best 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.
Ariel Winter Workman
January 28, 1998
|Education||University of California, Los Angeles|
Winter was born in Fairfax, Virginia, on January 28, 1998, the daughter of Chrisoula (née Batistas) and Glenn Workman. Through her mother, she is of Greek descent, and through her father, of German descent. She is the younger sister of actors Shanelle Workman and Jimmy Workman.
Winter obtained her first entertainment industry job in a Cool Whip commercial advertisement in 2002 when she was 4 years old. 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. The series premiered in January 2013 on Disney Junior.
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".
In October 2012, Winter's sister Shanelle Workman filed to become her guardian, alleging that their mother had been physically and emotionally abusive. On May 5, 2014, the court awarded guardianship to Workman and permanently removed Winter from her mother's guardianship. Their mother later released a statement saying that "the family has moved beyond the conflict". On May 15, 2015, Winter declared on Twitter that she was officially emancipated.
Winter attended Campbell Hall School in Los Angeles, graduating in June 2016. In April 2016, she was accepted to University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and scheduled to begin there in the fall quarter of 2016. 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." In 2018, Winter took an indefinite hiatus from UCLA to focus on her work. In April 2019, she attended We Day event in Tacoma, Washington.
|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)|
|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 (voices)|
|Afro Samurai: Resurrection||Young Sio (voice)||English dub|
|Nic & Tristan Go Mega Dega||Lisa|
|DC Showcase: Green Arrow||Princess Perdita (voice)|
|Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension||2nd Dimension Gretchen / Various characters (voices)|
|Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred||Talia|
|Tad, The Lost Explorer||Sarah Lavrof (voice)||US English dub|
|ParaNorman||Blithe Hollow kid (voice)|
|Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess||Sofia (voice)|
|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)|
|Tad, The Lost Explorer||Sara Lavrof (voice)|
|2014||Mr. Peabody & Sherman||Penny Peterson (voice)|
|2016||Elena and the Secret of Avalor||Sofia (voice)|
|2017||Smurfs: The Lost Village||Smurf Lily (voice)|
|The Last Movie Star||Lil|
|2005||Listen Up!||Little Girl||Episode: "Last Vegas"|
|Tickle-U||Pipoca (voice)||Host of Cartoon Network's preschool block|
|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||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"|
|2012–2018||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”|
|Robot Chicken||Various characters (voice)||Episode: "Ginger Hill in: Bursting Pipes"|
|2020||Elena of Avalor||Sofia (voice)||Episode: "Coronation Day"|
|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|
Awards and nominationsEdit
Screen Actors Guild AwardsEdit
|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)
Young Artist AwardsEdit
|2010||Outstanding Young Ensemble in a TV Series||Modern Family||Won|||
|2012||Best Leading Young Actress in a Feature Film||The Chaperone||Nominated|||
- Bacardi, Francesca (January 28, 2015). "Ariel Winter Celebrates Her Birthday With Friends, a Cake and a Wish!". E!. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
- Winter, Ariel (April 8, 2018). "It's not. My dad is German and my mom is Greek". Twitter. Retrieved June 8, 2019.
- Rowley, Alison (November 10, 2012). "Ariel Winter's grandfather: 'I never witnessed any abuse'". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on November 13, 2012.
- Lee, Ken (December 12, 2012). "Ariel Winter to Stay with Sister, Dad to Oversee Estate". People. Archived from the original on July 7, 2015.
- "Helen G. Batistas Obituary". The Washington Post via Legacy.com. Archived from the original on July 6, 2015. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
- "It's Evening in America". Vanity Fair, May 2012, p. 159.
- Hill, Jim. "Ariel Winter Looks Ahead, Prepares for Life After Modern Family and Sofia the First". The Huffington Post. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
- "33rd Annual Young Artist Awards". YoungArtistAwards.org. Retrieved March 31, 2012.
- "Modern Family star Ariel Winter in custody battle". BBC News. December 13, 2012. Retrieved March 10, 2020.
- 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.
- 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.
- "Ariel Winter Wins Legal Emancipation From Mother". HuffPost. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
- Yagoda, Maria (August 12, 2015). "Ariel Winter Explains Decision to Undergo Breast Reduction Surgery". People. Retrieved February 5, 2016.
- Radloff, Jessica (August 12, 2015). "Ariel Winter Breast Reduction Surgery Exclusive Interview". Glamour. Retrieved February 5, 2016.
- "Ariel Winter and Elle Fanning graduate high school". HELLO!. June 15, 2016. Retrieved January 31, 2020.
- "Famous Celebrity Ariel Winter has committed to UCLA". University Prime Time. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
- Martin, Annie (April 28, 2016). "'Modern Family' star Ariel Winter headed for UCLA". UPI.com. United Press International. Retrieved March 10, 2020.
- Bacardi, Francesca (March 23, 2018). "Ariel Winter taking a break from UCLA". pagesix.com. Retrieved March 8, 2020.
- Staff, KIRO 7 News. "Stars, activists set for WE Day youth empowerment event at Tacoma Dome". KIRO. Retrieved March 10, 2020.
- Donnelly, Erin (April 9, 2018). "People are trying to shame Ariel Winter for wearing a short dress to church". Yahoo! Lifestyle. Retrieved March 10, 2020.
- Harnick, Chris (July 30, 2019). "SVU Books Ariel Winter for Season 21". E! Online. Retrieved September 27, 2019.
- "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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