Ariel Winter

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Ariel Winter
Ariel Winter 3 2014.jpg
Winter at the premiere of Mr. Peabody & Sherman in 2014
Born(1998-01-28) January 28, 1998 (age 16)
Fairfax, Virginia, United States
OccupationActress, singer-songwriter, model
Years active2005–present
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Ariel Winter
Ariel Winter 3 2014.jpg
Winter at the premiere of Mr. Peabody & Sherman in 2014
Born(1998-01-28) January 28, 1998 (age 16)
Fairfax, Virginia, United States
OccupationActress, singer-songwriter, model
Years active2005–present

Ariel Winter Workman[1] (born January 28, 1998), known professionally as Ariel Winter, is an American actress, voice actress, singer, songwriter and model. She is best known as Alex Dunphy in the TV series Modern Family, as well as the voice of the title character in the Disney Junior show Sofia the First. Winter and her Modern Family castmates have won four Screen Actors Guild Awards for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

Early life[edit]

Winter was born in Fairfax, Virginia, the daughter of Chrisoula "Chrystal" (née Batistas) and Glenn Workman. She is sister to actress Shanelle Workman and actor Jimmy Workman.[2][3][4] Her mother's family is Greek.[5]


Winter obtained her first entertainment industry job in a Cool Whip commercial at age six.[6] She had her first television role at age 7, in an episode of Listen Up!, and followed it with appearances in a variety of shows such as Tickle U, 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.[7] The series premiered in January 2013 on Disney Junior. 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 and also in 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.[8]

Personal life[edit]

In October 2012, her sister Shanelle Workman-Gray filed to become guardian of Winter[9] alleging physical and emotional abuse. On May 5, 2014, the court ordered permanent guardianship to Gray and removed Winter from her mother's guardianship permanently.[10]

Gray and Winter's mother later released a statement stating "The family has moved beyond the conflict."[11]


2005Kiss Kiss Bang BangYoung Harmony Faith Lane
2006Bambi IIThumper's sisterVoice
Curious GeorgeKid
Ice Age: The MeltdownVarious characters
Over the Hedge
2008One Missed CallEllie Layton
Horton Hears a Who!Various charactersVoice
Speed RacerYoung Trixie Shimura
2009Tales from the Catholic Church of Elvis!Little girl
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children CompleteMarlene WallaceVoice
Life Is Hot in CracktownSuzie
DuressSarah Barnett
Opposite DayCarla Benson
Cloudy with a Chance of MeatballsVarious charactersVoice
Afro Samurai: ResurrectionYoung Sio
Nic & Tristan Go Mega DegaLisa
DC Showcase: Green ArrowPrincess PerditaVoice
2011Chaperone, TheThe ChaperoneSally
Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd DimensionGretchen
Various characters
Fred 2: Night of the Living FredTalia Dawg
Thousand Words, AA Thousand WordsLila (Ariel did not end up taking part in the film, but is still widely thought to be a cast member).
ParaNormanBlithe the hollow kidVoice
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - Part 1Carrie Kelley/Robin
Sofia the First: Once Upon a PrincessSofia
2013Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - Part 2Carrie Kelley/Robin
Truck StopKate
Scooby-Doo! Stage FrightChrissy DamonVoice
Sofia the First: The Floating PalaceSofia
2014Mr. Peabody & ShermanPenny Peterson


2005Listen Up!Little GirlEpisode: "Last Vegas"
Tickle UPipoca
FreddieHoboEpisode: "Halloween"
2006MonkDonna CainEpisode: "Mr. Monk and the Astronaut"
So NoTORIousLittle Tori5 episodes
JerichoJulieEpisode: "Pilot"
BonesLizaEpisode: "The Girl with the Curl"
Nip/TuckKidEpisode: "Reefer"
2007All of UsEpisode: "Artificial Intelligence"
Crossing JordanGwenEpisode: "Faith"
Shorty McShorts' ShortsTaffyVoice
Episode: "Flip-Flopped"
Criminal MindsKatieEpisode: "Seven Seconds"
2007–presentPhineas and FerbGretchen
Various characters
2008Ghost WhispererNatalieEpisode: "Imaginary Friends and Enemies"
2009ERLucy Moore5 episodes
Penguins of Madagascar, TheThe Penguins of MadagascarLittle girlVoice
Episode: "What Goes Around / Mask of the Raccoon"
2009–presentModern FamilyAlex DunphyMain role
104 episodes
2011Jake and the Never Land PiratesMarina the MermaidVoice
15 episodes
R.L. Stine's The Haunting HourJennyEpisode: "Fear Never Knocks"
2012GracieEpisode: "Headshot"
Winx ClubMacyEpisode: "The Lilo "
2013-presentSofia the FirstSofiaVoice
41 episodes

Video games[edit]

2010Kingdom Hearts Birth by SleepYoung KairiVoice
2012Final Fantasy XIII-2Mog
Guild Wars 2Cassie
2014Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk SkyEscha Malier


Screen Actors Guild Awards[edit]

2010Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Sarah Hyland, Rico Rodriguez, Ariel Winter and Nolan Gould for Modern FamilyOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesWon

Young Artist Awards[edit]

2010Modern FamilyOutstanding Young Ensemble in a TV SeriesWon[12]
2012The ChaperoneBest Leading Young Actress in a Feature FilmNominated[8]


  1. ^ Ariel Winter at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ Rowley, Alison (November 10, 2012). "Ariel Winter's grandfather: 'I never witnessed any abuse'". 
  3. ^ Lee, Ken (December 12, 2012). "Ariel Winter to Stay with Sister, Dad to Oversee Estate". 
  4. ^ "Helen G. Batistas Obituary". Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  5. ^ Ariel Winter- Interview with the Modern Family teen star in LA for MTV Greece. Interview with George Satsidis. YouTube. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  6. ^ "It's Evening in America". Vanity Fair, May 2012, p. 159.
  7. ^ "Ariel Winter Will Voice Disney’s New Princess "Sofia The First"". Retrieved September 23, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "33rd Annual Young Artist Awards". Retrieved March 31, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Modern Family star removed from care of 'emotionally abusive' mother". May 6, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Family settles guardianship dispute over 'Modern Family' teen actress Ariel Winter". Associated Press. May 5, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Settlement reached in guardianship of 'Modern Family' actress Ariel Winter". Los Angeles: Associated Press. May 5, 2014. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  12. ^ "31st Annual Young Artist Awards". Retrieved March 31, 2012. 
  13. ^ "32nd Annual Young Artist Awards". Retrieved March 31, 2012. 

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