Sarah Hyland
Birth Date:
November 24, 1990
Birth Place:
New York City, New York, USA
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American actress Sarah Hyland is best known for playing oldest sibling Haley Dunphy on the ABC sitcom “Modern Family” (2009-present), from which she jointly nabbed four Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. She has acted in many films, including “Struck by Lightning” (2012), “Scary Movie 5” (2013), “Vampire Academy” (2014) and “Date and Switch” (2014).    

Hyland has been in a relationship with Matt Prokop since May 2009. Hyland was diagnosed with multicystic dysplastic kidney when she was 9. On April 13, 2012, she underwent a kidney transplant. She received her father's kidney.  


Childhood and Family:

Daughter of actors Melissa Canaday and Edward James Hyland, Sarah Jane Hyland was born on November 24, 1990 in New York City, New York. She was home schooled by her mother until 2nd grade and then went to Public School. She was educated at the Professional Performing Arts School (PPAS) from 6th grade to her graduation in 2008. Her schoolmates included Andrea Bowen, Taylor Momsen, Gregory Malek-Jones and Paul Iacono. At age 18, she moved to Los Angeles, CA to pursue a career in acting. Sarah has a younger brother, Ian Hyland (also an actor). Sarah Hyland is known with the nicknames SJ, Kitty and Raindrop.

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Sarah Hyland got her start in the industry with commercial work and voice overs when she was still a child. At age 5, she made her big screen debut in the role of Howard Stern's daughter in “Private Parts” (1997). It was followed by appearances in the popular film adaptation of Stephen McCauley's novel, “The Object of My Affection” (1998), starring Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd, Tim Robbins' drama “Cradle Will Rock” (1999) and the comedy/drama film “Advice from a Caterpillar” (1999), where she portrayed the character of Lizbeth. From 1997 to 1998, Hyland portrayed Rain Wolfe on the television soap opera “Another World.” She made a guest appearance in an episode of “Trinity” in 1998 and then played Molly in the TV film “Anne” in 1999, for which she shared a Young Artist nomination for Best Performance in a Feature Film or TV Movie - Young Ensemble.    

Entering the new millennium, Hyland could be seen in the television soaps “All My Children” (2000) and “As the World Turns” (2001), where she played Karen and Alison McDermott Stewart #, respectively. Additionally, she guest starred in the primetime series like “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (2001), “Touched by an Angel” (2002), “Law & Order” (2004) and “Law & Order: Trial by Jury” (2005). Hyland portrayed Elizabeth Mitchell in “Joe Gould's Secret” (2000), a drama film directed by Stanley Tucci, Audrey Hepburn (at 8 years old) in the TV film “ The Audrey Hepburn Story” (2000), Young Christine in “The Empath” (2002) and appeared with her brother Ian in James L. Brooks' comedy/drama film “Spanglish” (2004).    

Hyland played the character of Heather in the ABC soap opera “One Life to Live” in 2007 and then had a recurring role as Maddie Healy in the NBC series “Lipstick Jungle” from 2008 to 2009. However, the actress did not enjoy a huge success until she was cast as Haley Dunphy, the stereotypical teenager, on the television sitcom “Modern Family,” which premiered on ABC on September 23, 2009. Along with the rest of the cast, Hylan won four Screen Actors Guilds for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, and she also was nominated for the Critics Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2013), and the Teen Choice Awards for Choice TV Female Scene Stealer (2012) and Choice TV Female Breakout Star (2010).

Meanwhile, Hyland continued on taking roles on movies such as “Monster Heroes” (2010), “I Owe My Life to Corbin Bleu” (2010, Short), “Conception” (2011), “Cougars Inc.” (2011), “Struck by Lightning” (2012, with Chris Colfer), “Geek Charming” (2011, TV Movie), “Scary Movie 5” (2013), where she played Mia, “Call Me Crazy: A Five Film” (2013, TV Movie) and “April Apocalypse” (2013). She guest starred in the series “Cubed” (2010) and “Childrens Hospital” (2010), and portrayed Blanche Barrow in the episodes of the TV miniseries “Bonnie and Clyde” (2013). Since 2012, Hyland provides the voice of Theresa Fowler in “Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja.”  

In 2014, Hyland was cast opposite Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry and Danila Kozlovsky in the film version of the Richelle Mead best selling novel, “Vampire Academy,” which was directed by Mark Waters and scripted by Daniel Waters. The film was a flop commercially and critically. She portrayed Ava, the girlfriend of Michael, played by Nicholas Braun, on the comedy film “Date and Switch” (2014), which was directed by Chris Nelson and written by Alan Yang. She also provided the voice of Lena Luthor on the TV film “Robot Chicken DC Comics Special II: Villains in Paradise” (2014) and appeared as Ivy in an episode of “Hot in Cleveland” called “Rusty Banks Rides Again” (2014).  

Hyland will star in the upcoming comedy/drama film “See You in Valhalla” with Beau Mirchoff and Steve Howey.     


Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, “Modern Family,” 2014
Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, “Modern Family,” 2013
Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, “Modern Family,” 2012
Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, “Modern Family,” 2011 Show Less
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