Ariel Winter Workman is an American actress and voice-actress. She starred as Alex Dunphy in the ABC comedy series Modern Family, for which she and her co-stars won four consecutive Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series. She also voiced the titular character in the Disney Junior show Sofia the First and Penny Peterson in the 2014 animated film Mr. Peabody and Sherman.
Years active 2002–present
Born: January 28, 1998, 25 years old and 10 months, Fairfax, Virginia, U.S.
Sun Sign Aquarius
Hair Color: Blonde, but she dyes her hair dark brown.
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Height 5 ft 1 in / 1.55 m
Measurements 38-28-34 in / 96.5-71-86 cm
Bra Size 34D US / 75D EU
She has English, German, Greek, and Slovak ancestry.
Ariel Winter was homeschooled. But, at the age of 14, she decided to go to a private school in Los Angeles, California.
Father – Glenn Workman
Mother – Chrisoula “Chrystal” (nee Batistas)
Siblings – Shanelle Workman Gray (Older Sister) (Actress), Jimmy Workman (Older Brother) (Actor)
Others – James Batistas (Maternal Grandfather), Helen G. (Aronis) (Maternal Grandmother)
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 and ended in 2020. 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 adversary turned friend in the 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, and Opposite Day. She also appeared on the Halloween-themed TV film Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred. 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 awarded guardianship to Workman and permanently removed Winter from her mother’s guardianship. Their mother later released a statement saying that “the family has moved beyond the conflict”. On May 15, 2015, when she was 17 years old, Winter declared on Twitter that she was officially emancipated.
In June 2015, Winter underwent breast reduction surgery. In a 2016 interview with ABC News Nightline, Winter explained the awkwardness of developing at 12 years old in the public eye, combined with the back pain that rendered her unable to stand up straight at times, was “really ostracizing and excruciatingly painful.” Describing the improvement that the surgery had on her both physically and psychologically, she told Glamour magazine that it was “amazing to finally feel right. This is how I was supposed to be.” At the January 2016 Screen Actors Guild Awards, Winter gained media attention for wearing a Romona Kaveza gown that revealed her surgical scars. She was shocked after walking down the red carpet to see the photos the next day and “every headline be about my cleavage and — not about my talent.” Winter later tweeted: “Guys there is a reason I didn’t make an effort to cover up my scars! They are part of me and I’m not ashamed of them at all.”
Winter attended Campbell Hall School in Los Angeles, graduating in June 2016. In April 2016, she was accepted to University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and scheduled to begin there 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 attend 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.” In 2018, Winter took an indefinite hiatus from UCLA to focus on her work. In April 2019, she attended the We Day event in Tacoma, Washington.
Winter is a member of the Greek Orthodox Church.
She dated Canadian actor Levi Meaden for three years; they split in 2019. The couple lived together in Winter’s 3,200-square-foot home in Sherman Oaks, California. Since 2020, she has been in a relationship with Luke Benward.
Ariel debuted with 2005 crime-comedy film Kiss Kiss Bang Bang for her role as “Young Harmony Faith Lane”.
First TV Show
In 2005, she appeared in CBS’ sitcom Listen Up! as a little girl in an episode titled “Last Vegas”.
Ariel Winter Favorite Things
Food – Marshmallows
TV Shows – Wrestling, Glee (2009-), Dexter (2006-)
Color – Green
Ariel Winter Facts
She has a purple belt in the Korean martial arts Taekwondo.
Ariel is of greek descent on her mothero side.
Ariel had initially some plans of becoming a forensic scientist.
Arielo final plans are to become a director while continuing acting.
Winter is the sister-in-law of David Barry Gray.
At 14, she decided to go to a private school after being home schooled for so many years. She made this decision after being emotionally and physically abused by her mother. On December 12, 2012, she was allowed to stay with her older sister Shanelle Gray.
Spiders are her biggest fear.
She really likes to watch Super Bowl commercials, which are her TV guilty pleasures.
In 2016, she commented on Nash Grier about the things he posts on Vine. She found him ignorant as he posted videos about such things of which he knew nothing about.
She has worked with many singers such as Taylor Swift, Jackson Guthy, and Carly Rae Jepsen.
Ariel has a celebrity crush on Keegan Allen of Pretty Little Liars.
Due to a lot of attention her busty figure was getting (her breasts suddenly turned massive at the age of 15), Ariel Winter decided to have a breast reduction surgery on June 4, 2015, and now has become 34D from 32F.