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Claire

Played by Julie Bowen
Character Biography

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.

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Actor Biography

Two-time Emmy Award-winner Julie Bowen stars in the critically acclaimed hit ABC comedy "Modern Family" as Claire Dunphy. Like Bowen, the series is a multiple Emmy winner. The show has also won multiple SAG Awards, for its talented ensemble cast, and a Golden Globe.

For four seasons, Bowen played Carol Vessey, the dream girl of former classmate-turned-lawyer Ed Stevens on the charming series "Ed." Bowen 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 a cheese shop owner who seduces a younger man on the dark comedic series "Weeds."

On the big screen, Bowen has joined the cast of "Life of the Party," with Melissa McCarthy, and appeared in the hit comedy "Horrible Bosses," opposite Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day. She lent her vocal talents to the role of the rambunctious Lil' Dipper in the animated feature "Planes: Fire and Rescue." 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. Bowen 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 Stand Up 2 Cancer, Maxwell House and March of Dimes, as well as Step Up Women's Network and P.S. Arts.

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