Ariel Winter Workman (born January 28, 1998), better known as Ariel Winter, is an American actress and voice actress. She is known for her role as Alex Dunphy in the comedy series Modern Family, as well as the voice of the title character in the Disney Junior show Sofia the First and the voice of Penny Peterson in the 2014 animated film Mr. Peabody and Sherman. Winter and her Modern Family cast mates have won four Screen Actors Guild Awards for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
Winter in March 2015
Ariel Winter Workman
January 28, 1998
|Education||University of California, Los Angeles|
|Occupation||Actress, voice actress|
|Partner(s)||Levi Meaden (2016–present)|
Winter was born in Los Angeles, California, on January 28, 1998, the daughter of Chrisoula (née Batistas) and Glenn Workman. Through her mother, she is of Greek descent, and she is of English descent through her father. She is the 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 four 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. 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 enemy turned friend in the 2014 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, 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, 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 ordered guardianship to Workman and removed Winter from her mother's guardianship permanently. Their mother later released a statement stating that "the family has moved beyond the conflict". On May 15, 2015, Winter declared on Twitter that she was officially emancipated.
In April 2016, Winter was accepted to University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and was scheduled to begin attendance 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 go to 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."
|2005||Kiss Kiss Bang Bang||Young Harmony Faith Lane|
|2006||Curious George||Kid||Voice role|
|2006||Bambi II||Thumper's sister||Voice role|
|2006||Ice Age: The Meltdown||Various characters||Voice role|
|2008||Speed Racer||Young Trixie|
|2008||Horton Hears a Who!||Various characters||Voice role|
|2009||Tales from the Catholic Church of Elvis!||Little girl|
|2009||Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete||Marlene Wallace||Voice role|
|2009||Life Is Hot in Cracktown||Suzie|
|2009||Opposite Day||Carla Benson|
|2009||Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs||Various characters||Voice role|
|2009||Afro Samurai: Resurrection||Young Sio||Voice role|
|2010||Nic & Tristan Go Mega Dega||Lisa|
|2010||DC Showcase: Green Arrow||Princess Perdita||Voice role|
|2011||Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension||Gretchen / Various characters||Voice role|
|2011||Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred||Talia|
|2012||ParaNorman||Blithe Hollow kid||Voice role|
|2012/13||Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Parts 1 & 2||Carrie Kelley/Robin (voice)||Direct-to-video; originally released separately|
|2012||Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess||Sofia||Voice role|
|2013||Dora the Explorer and the Destiny Medallion||Dora||YouTube short film series by CollegeHumor|
|2013||Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright||Chrissy Damon||Voice role|
|2013||Sofia the First: The Floating Palace||Sofia||Voice role|
|2013||Tad, The Lost Explorer||Sara Lavrof||Voice role|
|2014||Mr. Peabody & Sherman||Penny Peterson||Voice role|
|2016||Elena and the Secret of Avalor||Sofia||Voice role|
|2017||Smurfs: The Lost Village||Smurf Lily||Voice role|
|2017||The Last Movie Star||Lil|
|2005||Listen Up!||Little Girl||Episode: "Last Vegas"|
|2006||Monk||Donna Cain||Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Astronaut"|
|2006||So NoTORIous||Little Tori||5 episodes|
|2006||Bones||Liza||Episode: "The Girl with the Curl"|
|2007||Crossing Jordan||Gwen||Episode: "Faith"|
|2007||Shorty McShorts' Shorts||Taffy||Episode: "Flip-Flopped"; voice role|
|2007||Criminal Minds||Katie Jacobs||Episode: "Seven Seconds"|
|2007–15||Phineas and Ferb||Gretchen / Various characters||Voice role|
|2008||Ghost Whisperer||Natalie||Episode: "Imaginary Friends and Enemies"|
|2009||ER||Lucy Moore||5 episodes|
|2009||The Penguins of Madagascar||Little girl||Episode: "What Goes Around / Mask of the Raccoon"; voice role|
|2009–present||Modern Family||Alex Dunphy||Main role|
|2011||Jake and the Never Land Pirates||Marina the Mermaid||15 episodes; voice role|
|2011||Minnie's Bow-Toons||Roxie Squirrel||Episode: "Pom Pom Problem;Pet Adoption"|
|2011||WWE Raw||Appearing as herself||Appeared February 14, 2011 on the Valentine's Day Edition as a Guest Star|
|2011||R. L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series||Jenny||Episode: "Fear Never Knocks"|
|2012–2018||Sofia the First||Sofia||Voice role|
|2016||Milo Murphy's Law||Jackie||Episode: "The Wilder West"|
|2010||Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep||Young Kairi|
|2012||Final Fantasy XIII-2||Mog|
|2012||Guild Wars 2||Cassie|
|2014||Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix||Young Kairi|
|2015||Final Fantasy Type-0 HD||Moglin|
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|||
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