Austin & Ally
American actress Laura Marano, the younger sister of actress Vanessa
Marano, is probably best known as the star of the Disney Channel teen
series “Austin & Ally” (2011-?), opposite Ross Lynch.
She also had recurring roles in “Without a Trace”
(2003-2006), “Dexter” (2006), “The Sarah Silverman
Program” (2007-2012), “True Jackson, VP” (2010) and
“Childrens Hospital” (2010). Marano is notable for her
performances on the films“The Jacket” (2005) and
Childhood and Family:
Laura Marie Marano was born on November 29, 1995, in Los Angeles,
California. She is the younger sister of actress Vanessa Marano.
Laura has a dog named Velvet. She loves to travel and has visited Italy
three times where she and her sister learned to play the card game,
Scopa. She also loves to write songs and has penned a number of songs.
Laura enjoys soccer, piano, tap dancing, reading books and plays, and
singing. Another enjoyment is helping people find their soul mates.
Laura Marano began acting in the theatre at the age of 5. She has
performed in many plays at the Agoura Children's Theatre, and
went on to appear in several national commercials.
Marano's big break came when she landed the recurring role of Kate
Malone, the daughter of Emmy Award winning actor, Anthony LaPaglia,on
the CBS police procedural series “Without a Trace.” She
appeared in a total of seven episodes between 2003 and 2006.
Marano continued to make guest appearances in television series like
“Joan of Arcadia” (2004, as Emily), “Medical
Investigation” (2005, as Brooke Beck), “Huff”
(2006, as Amelia), “Ghost Whisperer” (2006, as Audrey) and
appear as Young Debra in two episodes of Showtime's
“Dexter” (2006). In 2005, she made her big screen debut in
“The Jacket,” a psychological thriller film directed by
John Maybury. There she played the young daughter of Kelly
Lynch, Jackie. Her voice could be heard in the Nickelodeon animated TV
series “The X's” (2005), as Scout, as well as in the
popular computer-animated film “Ice Age: The Meltdown”
In 2007, Marano was cast as Young Becca in the Judd Apatow hit comedy
movie “Superbad,” which starred Jonah Hill and Michael
Cera, and starred as Suzy in the multiple award winning short film
“Goldfish,” written and directed by Joe Wein. On the small
screen, the talented young actress got the regular role of Gracie
Carr, the daughter of Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton, on the short
lived sitcom “Back to You,” which aired on Fox from
September 19, 2007 to May 14, 2008, and began her recurring role as
Young Sarah Silverman on the Comedy Central critically acclaimed,
“The Sarah Silverman Program.” Still in 2007, she joined
the hit game show, “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” as
a series regular.
In 2008, Marano provided the voice of Mei Mei in eight episodes of
Nickelodeon's children's TV show, “Ni Hao, Kai-Lan.” She
also appeared as Louise Brooks in the CBS sitcom “Gary
Unmarried” pilot and in another episode called “Gary Gets
Boundaries” (both 2008).
Marano next appeared as Young Alice Shaw in an episode of
“Heroes” called “Chapter Ten '1961'” (2009), as
Cousin Lauren in a “Little Monk” episode titled
“Little Monk and the Monk Cousin” (2009) and Young Tracy in
an episode of the ABC short lived drama series
“FlashForward” (2010). She had recurring roles on “
True Jackson, VP” (2010, as Molly) and “Childrens
Hospital” (2010, as Haley). She also appeared in the TV movie
“Telepathetic” (2010), with Ursula Burton, Dabier and
In 2011, Marano was cast in the leading role of Ally Dawson, an
introverted and awkward songwriter, on the teen sitcom
“Austin & Ally,” opposite Ross Lynch as extroverted
singer and instrumentalist Austin Moon. The show premiered on the
Disney Channel on December 2, 2011. The second season of “Austin
& Ally” began on October 7, 2012.
Marano reprised her role as Ally Dawson in an episode of
“Jessie” called “Nanny in Miami,” aired on
December 7, 2012.