Ariel Winter: An American Child Actress

Ariel Winter is an American child actress. She is best-known for portraying “Ellie Layton” in the 2008 film, One Missed Call (2008), and for the character of “Alex Dunphy” on “Modern Family” (2009). Winter also had a recurring role in the TV series, “ER” (1994) as “Lucy Moore”, the daughter of Hedy Burress’s character, “Joanie”. She also voices “Gretchen” in Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension (2011) (TV).

Gorgeous, perky and adorable are just a few words to describe young Ariel Winter, who started her acting career at the age of four. Ariel can next be seen in the supporting role of “Lila”, opposite Eddie Murphy and Kerry Washington in the DreamWorks comedy, A Thousand Words (2012), about a man who finds out he only has 1,000 words left to speak and then he’ll die.

Most recently, Ariel has had a recurring role on the final six episodes of “ER” (1994) as “Lucy”, a young girl whose mother is brought into the ER in need of a heart transplant. This year, she will also appear in the thriller, Duress (2009), opposite Martin Donovan. Best-known as “Trixie” in Warner Bros.’ Speed Racer (2008), Ariel’s other recent credits include the film, Opposite Day (2009) and Nic & Tristan Go Mega Dega (2010).

Ariel always wanted to act. She can remember wanting to enter the TV set and actually explore “Dora the Explorer” (2000). After noticing her daughter’s passion for the craft, Ariel’s mother started to research and found her an agent. She landed her first paying job immediately in a Cool Whip commercial and hasn’t stopped working since!

Ariel’s past credits include guest-starring roles on the hit TV shows, “Criminal Minds” (2005), “Crossing Jordan” (2001), “Nip/Tuck” (2003) and “Bones” (2005). Feature credits include a lead role in the hit thriller, One Missed Call (2008), in which she plays the killer of the film. In addition, Ariel is the voice of “Gretchen” on Walt Disney’s hit show, Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension (2011) (TV), voiced a supporting character in the hit animated film, Horton Hears a Who! (2008) and played “Thumper’s sister” in Bambi II (2006). She started her motion picture career at age seven in director Shane Black’s hit cult film, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005), starring Val Kilmer, Robert Downey Jr. and Michelle Monaghan.

When she is not working, this Los Angeles native is an avid singer and has a band, with her best friend, called “WickedSweet”. They’ve already recorded their first CD. Ariel also enjoys hanging out with her three dogs — Pebbles, Hercules and Cher — jumping on her trampoline and going to the movies with friends. Even at her young age, Ariel is aware of dangers to our environment and is involved in environmental charities to promote a greener living.

The 13-year-old actress will be voicing the newest princess, Sofia The First — a new animated movie coming to Disney Junior in 2012. Set in the storybook world of young Sofia who starts out life as a regular girl. But when her mom (Sara Ramirez) marries the king, she is whisked off to a glamorous, but sometimes confusing, castle world of royalty, pomp and new step-siblings, Amber and James. The animated series, debuting in 2013, will include appearances by Fauna, Flora and Merryweather (fairies seen in Sleeping Beauty) as the headmistresses of Royal Prep, the academy that Sofia, along with other princes and princesses, attends.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman
Mr. Peabody and Sherman truly are becoming a modern family! “Modern Family” star Ariel Winter (“Alex”) is joining her TV dad Ty Burrell in the movie, but this time, the roles are kind of reversed. Winter will voice Penny Petersen, the bully who is always targeting Sherman, the owner (or is it the pet?) of Mr. Peabody, the dog voiced by Burrell.