Sarah Hyland
Sarah Hyland at 2015 PaleyFest.jpg
Hyland at the 2015 PaleyFest
Sarah Jane Hyland

(1990-11-24) November 24, 1990 (age 31)
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active1997–present
Partner(s)Wells Adams (2017–present; engaged)

Sarah Jane Hyland (born November 24, 1990) is an American actress and singer.[1] Born in Manhattan, she attended the Professional Performing Arts School before having small roles in the films Private Parts (1997), Annie (1999) and Blind Date (2007). She is best known for playing Haley Dunphy in the ABC sitcom Modern Family (2009–2020), for which she received much acclaim, including four Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series and a nomination for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

Hyland is also known for her roles in the films Geek Charming (2011), Struck by Lightning (2012), Scary Movie 5 (2013), Vampire Academy (2014), See You in Valhalla (2015), XOXO (2016), Dirty Dancing (2017) and The Wedding Year (2019).

Early life and education

Hyland was born in Manhattan, New York on November 24, 1990.[2][3][4] She is the daughter of actors Melissa Canaday and Edward James Hyland,[5][6] and the sister of actor Ian Hyland.[7]

Hyland attended the Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan.[8]


Hyland has been acting since her first role as Howard Stern's daughter in the film Private Parts in 1997.[9] She went on to portray roles such as Molly in the 1999 television film of Annie and Maddie Healy in Lipstick Jungle on NBC. Hyland was featured in an Olive Garden commercial along with actress Molly Culver. She also appeared on Broadway as the young Jacqueline Bouvier in Grey Gardens (2006).[10]

From 2009 to 2020, Hyland played Haley Dunphy on the ABC sitcom Modern Family, for which she and the rest of the show's cast won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series each year from 2011 through 2014.[11][12][13][14]

In 2011, Hyland co-starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie Geek Charming.[15] In 2012, Hyland appeared in the film Struck by Lightning.[16][17] In September 2012, she was involved in a Nintendo 3DS ad campaign[18] along with Dianna Agron and Gabby Douglas.[19][20]

Additional musical projects and theatre productions Hyland has performed in are: Kerrigan-Lowdermilk Live (2013 concert), Hair (2014 adaptation at the Hollywood Bowl), The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Scream (2014 play at Rockwell Table & Stage) and The Kindred Foundation for Adoption created by Jenna Ushkowitz and Samantha Futerman (2015 fundraiser).[21][22][23]

In 2014 and 2018, Hyland was a co-host at the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade (during Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration and The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration), which included dancing and singing with Jordan Fisher.[24][25][26][27][28] Hyland also made a guest appearance during The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60 (2016) and Mickey's 90th Spectacular (2018).[29]

In 2016, Hyland covered songs with Boyce Avenue such as "Closer" by The Chainsmokers[30] and "Don't Wanna Know" by Maroon 5,[31] both included on the Boyce Avenue album Cover Sessions Vol. 4, which was released on December 19, 2017. "Don't Wanna Know" peaked at No. 62 on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 chart in December 2016.[32]

Hyland sang her debut performance of "Met At a Party" with Jordan McGraw (son of Dr. Phil) at the 2019 Teen Choice Awards. The single was released on August 9, 2019 via Republic Records.[33][34][35]

In 2019, Hyland partnered with Olay for a skin product campaign.[36][37] In December 2020, she appeared in a Taco Bell commercial called "The Craving" with Joe Keery.[38][39]

In October 2021, Hyland became the new creative director and co-founder of Sourse, a line of chocolate-infused vitamins (including "Beauty Bites" and "Mood Bites").[40][41][42]

In 2022, Hyland was cast as a series regular in Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin.[43]

Personal life


Hyland dated her Geek Charming co-star Matt Prokop for four years after meeting in 2010.[44][45][46] In August 2014, Hyland obtained a domestic violence temporary restraining order against Prokop[47] for physically and verbally abusing her throughout the four years of their relationship.[48] In October of that same year, the restraining order became permanent.[49]

Hyland dated her Vampire Academy co-star Dominic Sherwood from 2015 until 2017.[50][51]

In 2017, Hyland began dating Wells Adams, a radio personality and former contestant on The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise.[52] In July 2019, the couple became engaged.[53] They have postponed their wedding multiple times, but plan to marry in 2022.[54][55] They currently reside in Los Angeles.[56]


Hyland was diagnosed with kidney dysplasia as a young child and received a kidney transplant from her father in April 2012. That kidney failed after a few years, leading to a second kidney transplant in September 2017, donated by her younger brother, Ian.[57] Hyland is on regular anti-rejection medicines and steroids to ensure that her body does not reject her donated kidney; consequently, Hyland has difficulty maintaining weight and muscle mass, and has been put on bed-rest several times, sometimes continuing to film Modern Family simultaneously.[58][59]

In a December 2018 Self magazine article, Hyland said she had contemplated suicide because she felt she was a burden on her family and blamed herself for her body rejecting her father's kidney.[57] Since birth, she has undergone 16 surgeries to improve her health, including numerous kidney surgeries and a laparoscopic surgery to treat her endometriosis.[57]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 A Tall Winter's Tale Elizabeth
1997 Private Parts Howard's Daughter
1998 The Object of My Affection Molly
1998 Advice from a Caterpillar Lizbeth
1999 Cradle Will Rock Silvano – Giovanna
2002 The Empath Young Christine
2004 Spanglish Sleepover friend
2007 Blind Date Child Voice
2010 Monster Heroes Delilah
2010 Cougars, Inc. Courtney
2011 Conception Tracey
2011 Geek Charming Dylan
2012 Struck by Lightning Claire Mathews
2013 Scary Movie 5 Mia
2013 April Apocalypse Samm
2014 Vampire Academy Natalie Dashkov
2014 Date and Switch Ava
2015 See You in Valhalla Johana Burwood Also producer
2016 Satanic Chloe
2016 Lego DC Comics Super Heroes:
Justice League – Gotham City Breakout
Batgirl Voice
2016 XOXO Krystal Also executive producer
2019 The Wedding Year Mara Baylor


Year Title Role Notes
1997–1998 Another World Rain Wolfe Unknown episodes
1998 Trinity Shy Girl Episode: "No Secrets"
1999 Annie Molly TV film
2000 Joe Gould's Secret Elizabeth Mitchell TV film
2000 The Audrey Hepburn Story Audrey Hepburn (Age 8) TV film
2000 All My Children Karen 2 episodes
2000 Falcone Jess Pistone Egan Unknown episodes
2001 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Lily Ramsey Episode: "Repression"
2002 Touched by an Angel Grace Episode: "A Feather on the Breath of God"
2004 Law & Order Kristine McLean Episode: "The Dead Wives Club"
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Brianne Colby Episode: "Vigilante"
2007 One Life to Live Heather 7 episodes
2008–2009 Lipstick Jungle Maddie Healy 15 episodes
2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jennifer Banks Episode: "Hothouse"
2009–2020 Modern Family Haley Dunphy Main role; 11 seasons
2010 Cubed Herself Episode 2.4
2011 Childrens Hospital Famous Person Episode: "Nip/Tug"
2011 Geek Charming Dylan Schoenfield TV film
2012 Punk'd Herself Episode: "Lucy Hale"
2012 Perception Girl With Tourette's Episode: "Kilimanjaro"
2012–2015 Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja Theresa Fowler (voice) 11 episodes
2013 Call Me Crazy: A Five Film Grace TV film; segment: "Grace"
2013 Bonnie & Clyde Blanche Barrow Miniseries
2014 Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 2: Villains in Paradise Lena Luthor (voice) Special
2014 Hot in Cleveland Ivy Episode: "Rusty Banks Rides Again"
2015 Repeat After Me Herself Episode: "Episode 101"
2015 The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar Tiifu (voice) TV film
2016–2017 The Lion Guard 4 episodes
2016 Lip Sync Battle Shorties Herself Host; TV special (pilot)
2017 Lip Sync Battle Episode: "Sarah Hyland vs. DeAndre Jordan"
2017 Dimension 404 Chloe Episode: "Cinethrax"
2017 Dirty Dancing Lisa Houseman TV film
2017 Shadowhunters Seelie Queen 2 episodes[60]
2017 The Lion Guard: The Rise of Scar Tiifu (voice) TV film
2019 Veronica Mars Alyssa Episode: "Heads You Lose"
2020 RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Herself (guest judge) Episode: "SheMZ"
2020 Celebrity Game Face Herself Premiere episode[61]
2021 Epic Rose Pilot[62]
TBA Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin Heidi Main role, upcoming series


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2020 Lady Parts Herself (host) [63]

Music videos

Year Title Artist(s) Ref.
2009 "In the Moonlight (Do Me)" Reid Ewing [64]
2016 "Like I Did" Shane Harper [65]
2016 "Closer" Boyce Avenue featuring Sarah Hyland [30]
2016 "Don't Wanna Know" [31]
2017 "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" Sarah Hyland and J. Quinton Johnson [66]
2018 "Know U Anymore" BoTalks featuring Sarah Hyland [67]


Year Song(s) Artist(s) Album Ref.
2017 "(I've Had) The Time of My Life"
"Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right"
Cast of Dirty Dancing (2017) Dirty Dancing: Original Television Soundtrack
2017 "Closer" and "Don't Wanna Know" Boyce Avenue Cover Sessions Vol. 4
2018 "Know U Anymore" BoTalks featuring Sarah Hyland non-album single
2019 "Met At a Party" Jordan McGraw non-album single [68]

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
2000 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film or TV Movie – Young Ensemble (shared with cast) Annie Nominated [69]
2010 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Modern Family Nominated [70]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Female Breakout Star Nominated [71]
2011 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Won [11]
2012 Won [12]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Female Scene Stealer Nominated [72]
2013 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Won [13]
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated [73]
2014 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Won [14]
Glamour Awards Comedy Actress Won [74]
2015 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated [75]
2016 Nominated [76]
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Female TV Star – Family Show Nominated [77]
2017 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated [78]
2018 Teen Choice Awards Choice Comedy TV Actress Nominated [79]
2019 Nominated [80]


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