ClairePlayed 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, but Claire has since found full-time employment working for her father Jay at Pritchett's Closets & Blinds. However she spends her time, Claire Dunphy will always be a winner at home and the persistent one who keeps this Modern Family going.
A two-time Emmy® Award winning actress, Julie Bowen has enjoyed success working steadily on both popular hit television shows and the big screen.
Bowen's performance as Claire Dunphy in "Modern Family" has earned her two Emmy® wins, in 2011 and 2012. "Modern Family" won five consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series for its first five seasons. The show also won a Golden Globe® in 2012 for Best Television Series Comedy or Musical, and four SAG Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
For four 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 hit series, "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." She has the distinct recognition of being nominated by the SAG Awards for seven consecutive years as part of an ensemble on television.
On the big screen, Bowen was recently seen in the hit film "Horrible Bosses," with Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day and opposite Rob Lowe in the feature film "Knife Fight." She also starred in Sony's "Jumping the Broom," opposite Angela Bassett and Paula Patton. Her previous film credits include "Multiplicity" with Michael Keaton, "Crazy on the Outside" with Tim Allen, and the modern comedy classic "Happy Gilmore," opposite Adam Sandler.
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 her degree in Italian Renaissance studies, she also spent a year in Florence, Italy and became fluent in Italian.
In the advertising world, Bowen is the face of Neutrogena and the voice of Olive Garden. She is the national spokesperson for the "Get Schooled on Anaphylaxis" campaign and currently serves on the board of directors for Baby2Baby, a charity which supplies families in need with essential baby gear and clothing for their children. She has also lent her time and support to the charitable efforts of the Step Up Women's Network, Maxwell House and March of Dimes, as well as P.S. Arts.