Claire Dunphy

Played by Julie Bowen


If her teenage daughter, Haley, never wakes up on a beach in Florida half-naked, then Claire Dunphy feels she’s done her job as mom. See, it’s not easy to keep everyone in line when you’re raising three very different kids (four, if you include hubby Phil). As exasperated as she sometimes seems to be, we get the sense that Claire wouldn’t change a thing when it comes to her family.

Claire will always fight for what’s right. An ignored request for a stop sign at a dangerous intersection led to a run for town council against smarmy Duane Bailey. Things didn’t go well at the debate as evidenced by the autotuned “Sex Freak Candidate” video that went viral afterwards. Election day didn’t go much better as Claire not only lost the race, but she also lost a fake tooth incurred during her “Fire and Nice” ice skating days with brother Mitchell. Nevertheless, Claire Dunphy will always be a winner at home and the persistent one who keeps this Modern Family going.


Julie Bowen is now a two-time Emmy nominee, following the sophomore season of hit series <i>Modern Family.</i>

Raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Bowen caught the acting bug as a child while putting on plays with her two sisters in their backyard. She attended Brown University, where she starred in Guys and Dolls, Stage Door and Lemon Sky. While earning a degree in Italian Renaissance studies, she also spent a year in Florence, Italy and became fluent in Italian.

During her senior year at Brown, Bowen landed the lead role in the independent film Five Spot Jewel, and was featured in actor-director Ed Burns’ debut film, No Visible Bruises. She guest-starred on the dramatic series Class of ‘96, then moved to Los Angeles where, within weeks, she landed the lead in the Showtime drama Runaway Daughters, directed by Joe Dante.

For three seasons Bowen played Carol Vessey, the dream girl of former classmate-turned-lawyer Ed Stevens on the charming NBC series Ed. She then joined James Spader and William Shatner for two seasons on ABC’s Boston Legal. Other television credits include a recurring role as Matthew Fox’s wife on the hit ABC series Lost, and a guest star arc as Lisa Ferris, a cheese shop owner who seduces a younger man, on the darkly comedic Showtime series Weeds.

Bowen recently completed work on the feature film Knife Fight, opposite Rob Lowe, and was seen in the two hit summer films Horrible Bosses from New Line and Sony’s Jumping the Broom. Previous film credits include Multiplicity with Michael Keaton, Crazy on the Outside with Tim Allen, and the modern classic Happy Gilmore opposite Adam Sandler.

In the advertising world, Bowen has been both the face of Neutrogena and the voice of Pampers. She has also lent her support to the charitable efforts of Maxwell House and the March of Dimes.