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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.

Ariel Winter
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Winter in March 2015
Ariel Winter Workman

(1998-01-28) January 28, 1998 (age 21)
EducationUniversity of California, Los Angeles
OccupationActress, voice actress
Years active2002–present
Partner(s)Levi Meaden (2016–present)


Early lifeEdit

Winter was born in Los Angeles, California, on January 28, 1998,[1] 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.[2][3][4]


Winter at the 41st Annie Awards in February 2014

Winter obtained her first entertainment industry job in a Cool Whip commercial advertisement in 2002 when she was four years old.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

In October 2012, Winter's sister Shanelle Workman filed to become her guardian, alleging that their mother had been physically and emotionally abusive.[8] On May 5, 2014, the court ordered guardianship to Workman and removed Winter from her mother's guardianship permanently.[9] Their mother later released a statement stating that "the family has moved beyond the conflict".[9] On May 15, 2015, Winter declared on Twitter that she was officially emancipated.[10]

In June 2015, Winter underwent breast reduction surgery.[11][12]

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.[13] 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."[14]

Winter attends a Greek Orthodox Church.[15]



Year Title Role Notes
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 Duress Sarah Barnett
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 Killers Sadie
2010 Nic & Tristan Go Mega Dega Lisa
2010 DC Showcase: Green Arrow Princess Perdita Voice role
2011 The Chaperone Sally
2011 Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension Gretchen / Various characters Voice role
2011 Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred Talia
2012 Excision Grace
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
2015 Safelight Kate
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


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Listen Up! Little Girl Episode: "Last Vegas"
2005 Tickle-U Pipoca
2005 Freddie Hobo Episode: "Halloween"
2006 Monk Donna Cain Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Astronaut"
2006 So NoTORIous Little Tori 5 episodes
2006 Jericho Julie Episode: "Pilot"
2006 Bones Liza Episode: "The Girl with the Curl"
2006 Nip/Tuck Kid Episode: "Reefer"
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 Gracie Episode: "Headshot"
2012–2018 Sofia the First Sofia Voice role
2016 Milo Murphy's Law Jackie Episode: "The Wilder West"

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Voice role
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

Year Category Nominated work Result
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)
2010 Won
2011 Won
2012 Won
2013 Won
2014 Nominated
2015 Nominated

Young Artist AwardsEdit

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2010 Outstanding Young Ensemble in a TV Series Modern Family Won [16]
2011 Nominated [17]
2012 Best Leading Young Actress in a Feature Film The Chaperone Nominated [7]


  1. ^ Bacardi, Francesca (January 28, 2015). "Ariel Winter Celebrates Her Birthday With Friends, a Cake and a Wish!". E!. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  2. ^ Rowley, Alison (November 10, 2012). "Ariel Winter's grandfather: 'I never witnessed any abuse'". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on November 13, 2012.
  3. ^ Lee, Ken (December 12, 2012). "Ariel Winter to Stay with Sister, Dad to Oversee Estate". People. Archived from the original on July 7, 2015.
  4. ^ "Helen G. Batistas Obituary". The Washington Post via Archived from the original on July 6, 2015. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  5. ^ "It's Evening in America". Vanity Fair, May 2012, p. 159.
  6. ^ Hill, Jim. "Ariel Winter Looks Ahead, Prepares for Life After Modern Family and Sofia the First". The Huffington Post. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  7. ^ a b "33rd Annual Young Artist Awards". Retrieved March 31, 2012.
  8. ^ "Modern Family star Ariel Winter in custody battle". December 13, 2012.
  9. ^ a b 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.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ Yagoda, Maria (August 12, 2015). "Ariel Winter Explains Decision to Undergo Breast Reduction Surgery :". Retrieved February 5, 2016.
  12. ^ Radloff, Jessica (August 12, 2015). "Ariel Winter Breast Reduction Surgery Exclusive Interview". Retrieved February 5, 2016.
  13. ^ "Famous Celebrity Ariel Winter has committed to UCLA". University Prime Time. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  14. ^ Martin, Annie. "'Modern Family' star Ariel Winter headed for UCLA". UPI. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
  15. ^ "People are trying to shame Ariel Winter for wearing a short dress to church".
  16. ^ "31st Annual Young Artist Awards". Retrieved March 31, 2012.
  17. ^ "32nd Annual Young Artist Awards". Retrieved March 31, 2012.

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