Her name, Ariel, was giving by her father and brother and is a reference to the main character of the movie The Little Mermaid (1989).
Ariel has Greek ancestry on her mother side (as both of her maternal grandparents are originally from Greece) and English, German, and Slovak ancestry from her father side.
Ariel practices Taekwondo and is a purple belt in that martial art.
Besides her acting career, Ariel is also a singer and belongs to a band named WickedSweet.
Ariel has done several Voice jobs for animation, namely for Bambi II (2006), Horton Hears a Who (2008), Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension (2011) and Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014).
Ariel first paying job was in a commercial for Cool Whip, when she was 6.
Ariel started acting at the young age of 4.
In 2012, Ariel was nominated for a Young Artist Award in the category of Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress for her work in the movie The Chaperone (2011).
In 2010 and 2011, Ariel was nominated, together with her Modern Family's co-stars Rico Rodriguez and Nolan Gould, for a Young Artist Award in the category of Outstanding Young Performers in a TV Series. They won that award in 2010.
In 2013, Ariel was nominated for a Teen Choice Award in the category Choice TV: Female Scene Stealer for her work in the TV series Modern Family.
Ariel was nominated 5 consecutive times (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014), together with all the cast from the TV show Modern Family, for a Screen Actors Guild Awards with the category Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, and they won in the last four years (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014)
Ariel is 5' 1" (1.55 m) tall.
Ariel, along with her Modern Family co-stars, was nominated for a 2010 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
Ariel Winter is the voice of Pipoca, the host of Tickle U.
Ariel: (on her Modern Family co-stars, Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara) She's a wonderful person. She's hilariously inappropriate. Julie mothers me and Sofia is more like the cool aunt who has all the fun tips. But seriously, Julie has definitely been like a mother to me, it's been really cool. She really cares about us and we really care about her.
Ariel: (on advice from her Modern Family co-star, Sofia Vergara) We've definitely talked about how to find bathing suits to cover certain areas and a lot of things really. It's just an interesting part of growing up on a TV set in front of the world.
Ariel: (on growing up while doing the show Modern Family) It's always awkward when you go from being a kid on the show to being a young woman. And yeah, it's odd, now that I'm 16 given I started when I was 11 ... now there's boys and there's boobs.
Ariel: (on growing up) Life happens, you grow up and everyone just has to learn to treat you more like an adult
Ariel: (on the difference for her between movies and TV) Filming a movie is different from a TV show because film is a lot quicker, you get to see the character progress and grow all in one script, and in television, you wait for a weekly update on each character
Ariel: (on her free time) When I am not working, I go to the movies, text my friends, my thumbs are faster than lightening on that keyboard!, write songs, sing, dance, Facebook, Twitter and spend time with my besties. I am also a songwriter and I love to write about my life experiences.
Ariel: (on how working in Modern Family changed her) My life has definitely changed since Modern Family. The show has made me more responsible, I really want to be a good role model for all kids so I have to think about what I say and do and how it looks to other kids!
Ariel: (on her name) My mother wanted to name me Jackie or Jacqueline but she got to name my sister and my brother, so my dad and my brother insisted on naming me. And they were big fans of The Little Mermaid.
Ariel: (on her music) I've been working on my own music. I've been writing an album, stuff that's kind of personal to my own life.
Ariel: (on her perspective on female empowerment) Female empowerment really is important to me. I'm a big nerd of the books from the 15th Century and 16th Century, when the men had all the power and the women had none of it.