Ariel Winter Workman (born January 28, 1998), better known as Ariel Winter, is an American actress, voice actress, and singer. 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 castmates have won four Screen Actors Guild Awards for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
Winter at the 2015 PaleyFest
|Born||Ariel Winter Workman
January 28, 1998
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Education||University of California, Los Angeles|
|Occupation||Actress, voice actress, singer|
Winter was born in Los Angeles, California, on January 28, 1998, the daughter of Chrisoula (née Batistas) and Glenn Workman. She is the sister of actors Shanelle Workman and Jimmy Workman. Her mother's family is Greek, while her father is of English and German descent. She reports that her Greek name is Eleftheria (Ελευθερία). She states that her sister and brother are fluent in the language, but that she is not, although she knows some basic phrases like ti káneis (τι κάνεις, "how are you?") and kalá (καλά, "fine" or "well"). Her favorite Greek musician is Sakis Rouvas, with whom she worked on a movie when she was nine years old.
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 slated to begin attendance in the fall semester of 2016. However, on September 12 she confirmed that she will 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||Bambi II||Thumper's sister||Voice role|
|2006||Curious George||Kid||Voice role|
|2006||Ice Age: The Meltdown||Various characters||Voice role|
|2006||Over the Hedge||Additional voices||Voice role|
|2008||One Missed Call||Ellie Layton|
|2008||Horton Hears a Who!||Various characters||Voice role|
|2008||Speed Racer||Young Trixie Shimura|
|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||Chaperone, TheThe Chaperone||Sally|
|2011||Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension||Gretchen / Various characters||Voice role|
|2011||Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred||Talia Dawg|
|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|
|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||Penguins of Madagascar, TheThe 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"|
|2013–present||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|||
- Bacardi, Francesca (January 28, 2015). "Ariel Winter Celebrates Her Birthday With Friends, a Cake and a Wish!". E!. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
- 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.
- Winter, Ariel (13 April 2013). "Ariel Winter- Interview with the Modern Family teen star in LA for MTV Greece" (Interview). Interview with George Satsidis. Los Angeles: YouTube. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
- "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". December 13, 2012.
- 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.
- Yagoda, Maria (August 12, 2015). "Ariel Winter Explains Decision to Undergo Breast Reduction Surgery : People.com". people.com. Retrieved February 5, 2016.
- Radloff, Jessica (August 12, 2015). "Ariel Winter Breast Reduction Surgery Exclusive Interview". glamour.com. Retrieved February 5, 2016.
- "Famous Celebrity Ariel Winter has committed to UCLA". University Prime Time. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
- Martin, Annie. "'Modern Family' star Ariel Winter headed for UCLA". UPI. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
- "31st Annual Young Artist Awards". YoungArtistAwards.org. Retrieved March 31, 2012.
- "32nd Annual Young Artist Awards". YoungArtistAwards.org. Retrieved March 31, 2012.