Talented comedic actress Sarah Hyland found the perfect role playing the high-maintenance teen Haley Dunphy on the Emmy-winning sitcom, "Modern Family" (ABC, 2009- ). Starting her showbiz career at ag...
New York City, New York, USA
|Geek Charming||Actor||Dylan Shoenfield||7|
|Fashion Police||2013 2009 - 2013||Actor||Herself||20137|
|Lipstick Jungle||2008 2006 - 2008||Actor||Maddie||20087|
|See You In Valhalla||2013||Actor||n/a||20137|
|Jimmy Kimmel Live||2013 2001 - 2013||Actor||Guest||20137|
|Touched By an Angel||2002 1993 - 2002||Actor||Grace||20027|
|Falcone||1999 1998 - 1999||Actor||Jess||19997|
|Date and Switch||2014||Actor||Ava||20147|
|Children's Hospital||2012 2009 - 2012||Actor||Famous Person||20127|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||2013 1998 - 2013||Actor||Jennifer Banks||20137|
|Joe Gould's Secret||2000||Actor||Elizabeth Mitchell||20007|
|Struck by Lightning||2013||Actor||Claire Mathews||20137|
|Bonnie & Clyde||2013 2012 - 2013||Actor||Blanche Barrow||20137|
|Vampire Academy||2014||Actor||Natalie Dashkov||20147|
|Modern Family||2013 2008 - 2013||Actor||Haley Dunphy||20137|
|The American Giving Awards||2012 2011 - 2012||Actor||n/a||20127|
|E! Special: Modern Family||2013 2012 - 2013||Actor||Interviewee||20137|
|Annie (TV)||1999 1998 - 1999||Actor||Molly||19997|
|Call Me Crazy: A Five Film||2012 2011 - 2012||Actor||n/a||20127|
|Advice From A Caterpillar||2000||Actor||Lizbeth||20007|
|Law & Order: Trial by Jury||2004 2003 - 2004||Actor||Brianne Colby||20047|
|The Audrey Hepburn Story||Actor||Audrey--Age 8||7|
|Scary Movie 5||2013||Actor||Mia||20137|
|The Object of My Affection||1998||Actor||Molly||19987|
|Cradle Will Rock||1999||Actor||(Silvano)||19997|
|Private Parts||1997||Actor||Howard's Daughter||19977|
|See You In Valhalla||2013||Producer||n/a||3|
|Annie (TV)||1999 1998 - 1999||Song Performer||("Hard Knock Life" "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile")||1|
|Portrayed a young Audrey in ABC movie "The Audrey Hepburn Story"|
|Co-starred in Disney Channel movie "Geek Charming"|
|Played small role as Jennifer Aniston's daughter in "The Object of My Affection"|
|Cast in Chris Colfer's feature writing debut "Struck by Lightning"|
|Appeared on Broadway, playing the young Jackie O in musical theater adaptation of "Grey Gardens"|
|Played Brooke Shields' daughter Maddie on NBC's "Lipstick Jungle"|
|Cast as Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell's rebellious teenage daughter Haley on ABC sitcom "Modern Family"|
|Made film debut as Howard Stern's daughter in "Private Parts"|
|Cast as Molly in ABC remake of "Annie"|
Born Sarah Jane Hyland on Nov. 24, 1990 in New York City, Sarah Hyland was of Irish, Scottish, Dutch and Welsh descent and the daughter of actors Melissa Canaday and Edward James Hyland, as well as the sister of actor Ian Hyland. Trained in many areas of dance, including ballet, jazz, hip-hop and tap from the age of three, Hyland began her career in show business at the age of four doing voiceovers and commercial work, mainly on the radio. Home schooled by her mother until second grade, she then attended public school until sixth grade, when she was accepted into the Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan . Her stage debut was in the title role of "Annie" when she was just 11 and she continued to add stage productions to her acting portfolio, including "Bad Girls" and "Dark Part of the Forest."
Hyland's first film role was in the Howard Stern biopic "Private Parts" (1997) as the shock jock's daughter. Aptly playing mostly young girl and daughter roles at the beginning of her career, she appeared in the Jennifer Aniston/Paul Rudd romantic comedy "The Object of My Affection" (1998) and portrayed the sweet orphan Molly in the television remake of "Annie" (ABC, 1999). Shortly before this role, she appeared in an episode of the series, "Trinity" (NBC, 1998-99) and played Lizbeth in the romantic comedy about a woman who falls in love with her gay friend's boyfriend in "Advice from a Caterpillar" (1999). Hyland also portrayed Silvano - Giovanna in the true story of politics and art in 1930s America in "Cradle Will Rock" (1999) and essayed an eight-year-old version of Audrey Hepburn in the hit TV movie "The Audrey Hepburn Story" (ABC, 2000).
Starting strong in the new millennium, Hyland had a leading role as Elizabeth Mitchell in the drama, "Joe Gould's Secret" (2000), a film based on the true story about the eponymous and eccentric writer who was profiled extensively in the New Yorker by writer Joe Mitchell. Hyland also scored television roles around this time, including small parts on the crime drama series, "Falcone" (CBS, 2000) and the spiritual drama "Touched by an Angel" (CBS, 1994-2003). In 2002, Hyland appeared in the independent film "The Empath" and had a bit role as a young sleepover friend in the romantic comedy "Spanglish" (2004) starring Adam Sandler and Tea Leoni. Along with more roles on television and in film, Hyland also played in on- and off-Broadway productions of "Grey Gardens" in the brief role of Jacqueline Bouvier Onassis. Hyland went on to portray another daughter, this time to no less than Brooke Shields on the dramedy "Lipstick Jungle" (NBC, 2008-09), the story about three powerful New York women making their way in the bustling city. It was around this time that Hyland also appeared in an Olive Garden commercial along with actress Molly Culver, taking whatever work came her way and rapidly expanding her CV.
At the age of 18, she moved to Los Angeles, and within two weeks, she scored a role on a pilot entitled, "My American Family," created by Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan. Once the series was picked up, its name was changed to "Modern Family" (ABC, 2009- ) and the ensemble cast - headed by TV legend Ed O'Neill - brought to life this hilarious take on a multicultural yet still traditional extended family - complete with a gay couple and May-December, interracial couple rounding out the family. As Haley Dunphy, the eldest daughter of Claire (Julie Bowen) and Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell), her character epitomized the stereotypical teenager: not too bright and only interested in boys. She served as a perfect counterpoint to her onscreen younger sister, the brainy Alex (Ariel Winter). A hit right out of the gate for the network, the show won multiple awards, including Emmys for the show and several of its cast members , as well as a SAG Award for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series, which Hyland shared with her co-stars.
While working on "Modern Family," Hyland also popped up on film in more mature roles, including as Courtney in "Cougars, Inc." (2011), about students who start an escort service to pay for school. She had a cameo appearance as herself in "The Muppets" (2011) feature film reboot starring Jason Segel and Amy Adams. Also that year, she starred in the TV movie "Geek Charming" (Disney Channel, 2011 ) about the goings-on at an upscale Los Angeles Woodlands Academy. The film also starred real-life boyfriend, Matt Prokop. In 2012, she again starred alongside Prokop in the comedy film "Struck by Lightning." Prokop, one of Hollywood's hottest young actors, became a serious romance for Hyland, with the two dating several years, moving in together, and adopting a dog along the way. In May 2012, Hyland revealed that she had endured a lifetime battle with kidney dysplasia and had received a kidney transplant the month before, donated by her father. In addition to her sitcom work, Hyland branched out into modeling as the face of Wallflower Jeans.
By Ela Lindsay
|Ian Hyland||Brother||Born Feb. 1, 1995|
|Matt Prokop||Companion||Rumored to be dating as of May 2010; Co-starred in Disney Channel's "Geek Charming" (2011)|
|Hyland underwent a kidney transplant on April 13, 2012. The actress revealed in Seventeen magazine's May 2012 issue that she has had a lifelong battle with kidney dysplasia and received the kidney from her father.|
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