Haley Dunphy

Played by Sarah Hyland


The good news is that Haley is a typical teenager. That’s also the bad news. She’s growing up a little too fast. Haley is supremely independent but sometimes a little naïve. She once rubbed her cell phone on her head for an hour because her sister, Alex, told her it would recharge the battery. It didn’t. She argues with her mom and gets embarrassed by her dad, especially when he tries to buddy up to her on/off boyfriend, Dylan, who admires the confidence Haley gets from being part of such a loving family.

Haley has never been the world’s greatest student. It was a challenge to find a college that would accept her. In fact, all of her applications had been rejected before she received one final letter to open. Haley’s entire family gathered around to learn that she’s on one school’s “wait list.” Phil exclaimed, “Our daughter might be going to college!” Haley learned she actually “will” be going to college once Luke coughed up the acceptance letter he’d been hiding. Sure hope there’s a mall near the campus.


Sarah Hyland is a Native New Yorker, born to actor parents, so talent and love for the craft runs in the family. Trained in all areas of dance from the age of three and vocally trained since she was seven, Hyland is a true triple threat. She has been working in film, TV series, soaps and commercials since she was four years old.

Hyland’s first film was Howard Stern’s Private Parts. At the age of eight she landed the role of Molly in ABC’s Annie, and Young Audrey in The Audrey Hepburn Story. After filming Annie, she landed the role of Jess Pistone on Falcone. On stage she starred as Annie in Annie at Papermill Playhouse, and went on to do a series of plays and musicals Off-Broadway and regionally – Bad Girls, A Little Princess and Dark Park of the Forest, to name a few. She’s guest starred on episodes of Touched by an Angel, Law & Order and Law & Order: SVU.

While attending the Professional Performing Arts School in New York City, Hyland created the role of Jackie Bouvier in Grey Gardens at Playwrights Horizons, and moved with the production to make her Broadway debut. Her most recent work includes the recurring role of Maddie Healy (Brooke Shields’ daughter) on Lipstick Jungle and a tour-de-force guest starring role on Law & Order: SVU.

Hyland starred opposite Matt Prokop in the Disney Channel Original Movie Geek Charming. She also recently joined the cast of the coming of age comedy Struck by Lightening, with Chris Colfer, Allison Janney and Christina Hendricks.

Hyland has been nominated for Breakout Talent for the 2010 Teen Choice Awards. Her charitable causes include being a Youth Ambassador for The Lopez Foundation, as well as Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign (spearheaded by actor Jeff Bridges).