This family needs a dumbass-ectomy.
Alex Dunphy
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Alexandra Anastasia Dunphy
Also Known As
Alex, Big Al
January 14 1997
California, USA
Phil Dunphy - Father
Claire Dunphy - Mother
Haley Dunphy - Sister
Luke Dunphy - Brother
Jay Pritchett - Grandfather
DeDe Pritchett - Grandmother
Mr. Pritchett† - Great-Granfather
Mrs. Pritchett† - Great-Grandmother
Gloria Pritchett - Step-Grandmother
Frank Dunphy - Grandfather
Grace Dunphy† - Grandmother
Mitchell Pritchett - Uncle
Cameron Tucker - Uncle
Manny Delgado - Step-Uncle
Joe Pritchett - Half-Uncle
Lily Tucker-Pritchett - Adoptive Cousin
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Alexandra Anastasia "Alex" Dunphy is the youngest daughter of Claire and Phil Dunphy. Alex is evidently the most clever and intelligent of Claire and Phil's children. She is the older sister to her goofy brother, Luke and the younger sister to her shallow sister, Haley.


Before the show

Alex was conceived in a hotel room in Disneyland ("The Graduates"). She was born on January 14, 1997. Her older sister Haley is three years older and her brother Luke is two years younger than Alex. Claire says that during her pregnancy with Alex, she had a "pregnancy brain", implying that the brainy Alex was strongly competing with her for resources ("When a Tree Falls"). She had a poem published in Highlights Magazine when she was five years old ("Patriot Games").


Although Alex is younger than most of the family, she is arguably the most intelligent and well-read member, even more than Manny and her lawyer uncle Mitchell ("Other People's Children"). Being an overachiever, she tends to address people with sarcasm and condescension, although most of the time nobody gets her humor. She is also shown to be competitive just like her mother Claire, which she admits is because she is not used to not coming in first.

Having raised by inexperienced parents, Alex learned to be extremely self-reliant at a young age that Phil once compared her to a self-cleaning oven ("Under Pressure"). Due to her abilities, her parents also tend to pay less attention to her concerns in favor of her less capable siblings. Alex often breaks the fourth wall when her family discusses ridiculous ideas and she feels like the odd ball. In Grill, Interrupted, her grandfather Jay confides to Alex that the family needs a leader and one day he will not be around to do it anymore, implying that in the future, she will the the one to keep the family in check because she is the only one who can do it.

She enjoys messing her family when they are rude to her, which is fairly often, taking advantage of their and inferior intellect by fooling them into believing unrealistic things. At one time she convinced Haley that she could charge electronics by rubbing the battery on her head and Luke that he could do the same by holding it in his mouth ("En Garde"). As much as she enjoys torturing her brother and sister, she always seems to have their backs, as in "Undeck the Halls" when she confesses to smoking, even though she didn't do anything, to bring back Christmas for them or in "Games People Play", when Alex says she would have tutored Luke if she had known he was failing Pre-Algebra.

Alex is almost always bickering with her sister Haley, usually regarding her appearance. According to Haley, Alex has no fashion sense, and finds it difficult to make friends at school. It is shown in several occasions, that she does indeed care for her reputation, like when she refuses to be seen with her mother dropping her off to meet with her friends ("Benched"), and when she accepts advice from Haley about how to be friends with a popular girl at school ("Strangers on a Treadmill").

Alex is also shown to yearn for her mother's approval through academic awards ("Integrity"). In high school, she is part of the debate team and the French club ("Rash Decisions"), practices lacrosse, and plays the cello and sings the backup vocals of her band, Electric Light Dokestra ("Best Men"). She later admits to Haley that she eventually hated playing the cello but continued to play it because she is not used to quitting ("Someone to Watch Over Lily").

Alex was also implied to be multilingual, being part of the French club and speaking some form of Chinese in "Planes, Trains and Cars". She says that she also know Elvish. She is sensitive to the sight of blood faints because of it ("Arrested", "Heart Broken").


Extremely smart and studious, Alex is shown to be a hard-working student, being awarded more than any other student in the school and often seen reading her books at home or even on vacations. During high school, she took advanced classes that she once became classmates with Haley. She graduated valedictorian from junior high ("See You Next Fall") and co-valedictorian from senior high ("Patriot Games") with Sanjay. After graduation, she applies to several universities including PrincetonHarvardMIT, eventually choosing Caltech.

When Alex does not get into Harvard University, she breaks down and when confronted by Haley, she admits feeling indignant about how she had done perfectly her entire life only to be rejected.

She is currently a student at Caltech.

Alex's Fans

In "After the Fire", it is revealed that Alex has her own fan base, similar to her popular sister, though hers is composed of nerds like her. Alex tells Haley that someday "your fans are going to work for my fans."

Season Summaries

Alex's Fans

In "After the Fire", it is revealed that Alex has her own fan base, similar to her popular sister, though hers is composed of nerds like her. Alex tells Haley that someday "your fans are going to work for my fans."







Claire and Alex


Alex and Phil

Love Interests


Jimmy Scrivano





Sanjay Patel


Sanjay reaffirms his affection toward Alex.





  • Ariel Winter is one year younger than her character she portrays.
  • Alex plays the cello and sung in a band called Electric Light Dorkestra ("Best Men").
  • From "Pilot" until "Suddenly, Last Summer", Alex was wearing small framed glasses and then in "First Days" onwards, Alex began wearing bigger glasses. The reason for this was never stated.
  • She plays lacrosse.
  • It is possible she leans Democratically, as she wondered if Hillary was going to run and said she totally understands the feeling of being so overwhelmed but also like your not doing enough ("Under Pressure").
  • Blue index cards help her study better ("Under Pressure").
  • When she was little she won a spelling bee in school. The winning word was "responsibility". Her parents didn't even know she was in the spelling bee ("Under Pressure").
  • She told a therapist in "Under Pressure" that her family "doesn't get" her, and it makes her feel kind of alone.
  • In "Under Pressure" it is noted she takes AP Bio, Advanced Lit., and AP History.


=== Season 3 ===
Quote1 Phil: We're gonna have to settle this dispute in court - the Food Court. The honorable Judge Cinnabon presiding.
Haley: The food court? That place smells like the inside of Luke's bicycle helmet.
Alex: I like the food court.
Lily: Me too!
Phil: Don't worry, girls. We won't deprive ourselves just 'cause Haley's aversion to...
Alex: [laughs, then stops herself] Oh. Oh, Haley's aversion. I thought you said... never mind.

From "Virgin Territory"

Quote1 Haley: [complaining to Claire about being in the same class with Alex] Her hand's in the air, like, every five seconds, and she actually reminded Mr. Waters to assign homework. The class loved that. Do you know how embarrassed I was?
Alex: Not as embarrassed as I was when she said eight was a prime number.

From "Phil on Wire"



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Season 1 21
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Season 3 22
Season 4 23
Season 5 22
Season 6 22
Season 7 11

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ved Modern Family  characters
Main characters
Phil DunphyClaire DunphyHaley DunphyAlex DunphyLuke DunphyJay PritchettGloria PritchettManny DelgadoJoe PritchettMitchell PritchettCameron TuckerLily Tucker-Pritchett • [PETS]: LarryStella
Recurring characters
Frank DunphyDeDe PritchettJavier DelgadoPepper SaltzmanSalAndy BaileyDylan MarshallRonnie LaFontaineAndrew

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