Ariel Winter is a phenomenally gifted American actress, singer, and voice actress best known for her depiction of Alex Dunphy in the hit comedy “Modern Family.” She has managed to roll quite a few eyeballs internationally at a very young age, to the point where many industry commentators are predicting her to be Hollywood’s next big thing, which comes as no surprise given that she has been associated with the television industry since she was a toddler. This stunning and brilliant actress has also made a name for herself as a voice artist and singer in prior series and films. Throughout her career, she has received numerous prizes and medals as a testament to her abilities. Winter is the ideal millennial, being honest, frank, and often opinionated. As a result, she is appreciated and adored by numerous others around the world.
Childhood and Adolescence
Ariel Winter Workman was born in Fairfax, Virginia, the youngest of Glenn Workman and Chrisoula “Chrystal” (née Batistas)’ three children. Shanelle Workman Gray and Jimmy Workman, two of her siblings, are also in the entertainment industry.
Through her mother, Ariel has Greek ancestry. Eleftheria is a Greek name that means ‘liberation.’ Despite the fact that she does not speak the language beyond the fundamentals, she maintains that her siblings do.
Ariel did not start school until she was fourteen years old. She was tutored at home till then, and then went to a private school in Los Angeles.
The Career of Ariel
To say Winter got a head start on her career would be an understatement. She got her start in show business when she was four years old when she was offered a part in a Cool Whip commercial in 2002. Since then, she hasn’t looked back.
Winter’s fame grew quickly as she was hailed as a future child prodigy. She checked all the boxes for a career in the entertainment sector. The next job opportunity came in the form of a small part in the hit television drama ‘Listen Up.’ She was only seven years old at the time, but she was already on her way to a brilliant career in the profession.
Winter received a film opportunity soon after, and in 2005, she was seen in Shane Black’s era-defining picture, ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.’ Despite being just seven years old, she wowed everyone with her outstanding acting and received praise from co-stars Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, and Michelle Monaghan.
She was offered a variety of roles in various television series following her popularity, some of which she accepted and others which she denied. Small roles in ‘Freddie,’ ‘Monk,’ and ‘ER’ are among her early credits. In one of the episodes of the hit show ‘Criminal Minds,’ she also made a cameo appearance.
Winter, being the supremely talented woman that she is, did not limit herself to acting. She also had a lovely voice, which made her an ideal choice for animated films. She is most known for her performance as Gretchen in ‘Phineas and Ferb,’ for which she received critical acclaim and a number of other animated film appearances.
In the blockbuster 2006 film ‘Bambi II,’ she also voiced Thumper’s sister. Her previous animated roles include Marina, a mermaid in Disney Junior’s ‘Jake and the Never Land Pirates,’ ‘Horton Hears a Who!,’ ‘Over the Edge,’ and ‘Curious George.’
In 2006, she also lent her voice to a number of characters in the internationally acclaimed film ‘Ice Age: The Meltdown.’
Her biggest break, however, came when she was hired as one of the main characters in the hit television program “Modern Family.” Alex Dunphy, Claire and Phil’s middle and most intelligent kid, is played by Winter. The show is a comedic depiction of the challenges and tribulations of an urban, “modern family,” as the name implies.
Winter’s character is an intellectual geek who is frequently mistreated by others, but she uses her superior intelligence to get her revenge in clever ways. It’s a difficult character to portray, yet she’s done so fairly effortlessly.
‘Modern Family’ started in 2009 and has been on the air ever since. Winter has played a key role in every one of the seasons that the show has aired.
She has appeared in 180 of the 189 episodes and has wowed audiences around the world with her acting. Her character has amassed a legion of fans who swear by Alex’s intelligence over the years.
Winter worked on a number of other projects while on the set of ‘Modern Family.’ She had a role in the thriller film ‘Duress’ in 2009, in which she co-starred alongside Martin Donovan. She also appeared in Warner Bros.’ 2008 film ‘Speed Racer,’ in which she played ‘Young Trixie.’
‘The Chaperone (2011), ‘Nic & Tristan Go Mega Dega’ (2010), and ‘Opposite Day (2010)’ are some of the other films she appeared in during that time (2009). She also starred in the 2008 hit ‘One Missed Call,’ in which she played one of the major characters.
Winter never forgot about her passion for voice acting, which she pursued in addition to movies and television shows. She has seized every opportunity to appear in animated films that have come her way. Her resume includes a vast number of animated films in which she has appeared.
‘DC Showcase: Green Arrow (2010)’, ‘ParaNorman (2012)’, ‘Batman: The Dark Knight Returns I & II (2012/13)’, ‘Sofia, the First: Once Upon a Princess, ‘Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright (2013)’, and ‘Mr. Pearbody & Sherman (2014)’ are among the most prominent. Her most recent animated film appearance was in 2017’s ‘Smurfs: The Lost Village.’
Winter’s passion for providing her voice led to appearances in a number of video games, the most noteworthy of which are ‘Kingdom Hearts,’ ‘Final Fantasy XII-2,’ and ‘Guild Wars 2’.
Recognition & Awards
Winter has received various honors and awards throughout her career. From 2010 to 2013, she and the ensemble of “Modern Family” received four Screen Actors Guild Awards for “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series” in a row.
In 2010, she received the Young Artist Award for Outstanding Young Ensemble in a TV Series for her work on ‘Modern Family.’ She was nominated for the same prize in 2011 and 2012, however, she nearly missed out.
Ariel’s Personal Experiences
Winter has had a number of affairs and partnerships during her life. She is presently dating ‘Aftermath’ actor Levi Meaden. The couple is supposed to live in Los Angeles together.
She dated Australian actor Callan McAuliffe in 2011 and American actor Cameron Paletas from 2012 to 2013, as well as Laurent Claude Gaudette from 2014 to 2016.
Winter, however, had to deal with a lot of problems at home. Her mother had been abusing her physically and emotionally for a long time, which resulted in a terrible custody dispute between her mother and her sister, Shanelle Workman.
Finally, on May 5, 2014, the court granted Workman guardianship, allowing Winter to be free of her violent mother. She later announced that she had been officially emancipated on Twitter.
Estimated Net Worth
Ariel Winter is an actress from the United States with a net worth of $12 million.
Ariel Winter is best known for her role as Alex Dunphy on the hit comedy series Modern Family, but she has also had a number of other roles in the entertainment industry. She rose to prominence as a voice actor during and after her time on Modern Family.