Haley Dunphy
played by Sarah Hyland
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PARENTS: Phil and Claire

SIBLINGS: Alex and Luke

Haley is boy-crazy, loves to shop and hang out with her friends—in other words, she’s a typical teenager. She is supremely independent but sometimes a little naïve, especially when smarty-pants younger sister Alex tries to slip her up. She frequently argues with her mom and is mortified by her dad, particularly when he tries to buddy up to her older boyfriend, Dylan. But doting dad Phil is just trying to hold on his little girl just a bit longer. Her sister may have gotten the brains, but Haley has the market cornered on having fun.

Sarah Hyland is a Native New Yorker, born to actor parents, so talent and love for the craft runs in the family. Trained in all areas of dance from the age of three and vocally trained since she was seven, Hyland is a true triple threat. She has been working in film, TV series, soaps and commercials since she was four years old.

Hyland’s first film was Howard Stern’s "Private Parts." At the age of eight she landed the role of Molly in ABC’s "Annie," and Young Audrey in "The Audrey Hepburn Story." After filming Annie, she landed the role of Jess Pistone on "Falcone." On stage she starred as Annie in "Annie" at Papermill Playhouse, and went on to do a series of plays and musicals Off-Broadway and regionally – "Bad Girls," "A Little Princess" and "Dark Park of the Forest," to name a few. She’s guest starred on episodes of "Touched by an Angel," "Law & Order" and "Law & Order: SVU."

While attending the Professional Performing Arts School in New York City, Hyland created the role of Jackie Bouvier in "Grey Gardens" at Playwrights Horizons, and moved with the production to make her Broadway debut. Her most recent work includes the recurring role of Maddie Healy (Brooke Shields’ daughter) on "Lipstick Jungle" and a tour-de-force guest starring role on "Law & Order: SVU."

Hyland starred opposite Matt Prokop in the Disney Channel Original Movie "Geek Charming." She also recently joined the cast of the coming of age comedy "Struck by Lightening," with Chris Colfer, Allison Janney and Christina Hendricks.

Hyland has been nominated for Breakout Talent for the 2010 Teen Choice Awards. Her charitable causes include being a Youth Ambassador for The Lopez Foundation, as well as Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign (spearheaded by actor Jeff Bridges).