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Alex Dunphy
Portrayed By
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Alexandria Anastasia Dunphy
Also Known As
Alex, Big Al
January 1998
California, USA
Phil Dunphy - Father
Claire Dunphy - Mother
Haley Dunphy - Sister
Luke Dunphy - Brother
Jay Pritchett - Grandfather
DeDe Pritchett - 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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Alexandria Anastasia "Alex" Dunphy is the second daughter of Claire and Phil Dunphy. Alex is born in 1998, she is evidently the most clever and intelligent of Claire and Phils' children. She is the older-younger sister to a goofy younger brother and a younger sister to a shallow big sister.


She is extremely intelligent, calculative and intensely hard-working. She enjoys messing and manipulating them when they are rude to her, which is fairly often, taking advantage of their naivety and inferior intellect by fooling them into believing unrealistic things. At one time she had convinced Haley and Luke that they could charge electronics by rubbing the battery on her head and holding it in his mouth. 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 generally shown as being an outside observer to the antics that surround her while she quietly does her own thing. As much as she enjoys torturing her brother and sister, she is shown to love them both. According to Haley, she has no fashion sense. And judging by the constant remarks from her sister, Alex is shown as being very socially awkward, with difficulty in making friends and in being able to find a boy who likes her personality. It is shown in several occasions, though, that she does indeed care for her reputation, like when she refuses to let herself be seen with her mother dropping her off to meetings with her girl friends, and when she accepts advice from Haley about how to treat a friend and climb into popularity, and when she asks Haley to let her sit at her table at the cafeteria. She did go to her prom with a classmate who everyone likes, but he is gay.

She, as a stereotypical precocious kid, displays a sense of superiority because of her erudition, constantly putting her accomplishments on display and demanding recognition for them. An overachiever, she plays the cello and practices lacrosse; she chose to play the cello because she would have a better chance at being in a university orchestra than if she played the violin, as cellos are more in demand, although she does not actually enjoy playing the cello and eventually hated it, saying that she only continued doing so because she does not want to start quitting anything as she never had in her life.

It has been established recently in "Tableau Vivant" that Alex is a light sleeper, as she was surprisingly energetic when staying awake nearly a whole night thinking about her upcoming art project. In the episode "Planes, Trains and Cars", it appears Alex is bilingual, as she told Haley "Time to get a new boyfriend" in what appeared to have been Chinese, although wasn't. She is sensitive to the sight of blood; fainting frequently because of it.

"What's the point? You get straight As, write the perfect essay, drag your cello to school every day, and for what?!!!!"

When Alex does not get into Harvard University, Alex has an intense breakdown where she becomes drunk and, when confronted by Haley, snaps at her, complaining about how she had done perfectly her entire life, only for it to be all for naught. This is because she is so used to coming first, that she lost her control when she was declined.

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Haley is Alex's older Sister, and she also happens to be her polar opposite. While Alex is smart, quick witted and geeky, Haley is popular, outgoing and shallow. At the beginning of the series Haley and Alex had a much more strained relationship with Alex always trying to stand apart from her sister and Haley constantly mocking Alex on her life choices, such as clothing, homework, boys and Alex would return the mocking. As years have progressed the two girls have grown closer. Alex and Haley once convinced Luke that he was adopted, and Phil's old girlfriend wanted to take him home. Though they still mock and tease each other, it is in a more playful way and you know that they love and care about each other.


Mitchell and Alex

Mitchell is Alex's Uncle. They don't spend much time together, as Mitchell doesn't interact with Claire (Alex's mother) as much but there are some episodes in which they are seen together:

In "Express Christmas", while they go to buy a Christmas tree with Lily, they discover that they have a lot in common.

In "Lifetime Supply", when Mitchell wins an award from the California Bar Association for his work in environmental law, Cam puts in the mantle another trophy he won in the farm next to Mitchell's award, and Mitchell gets a bit mad at him for this. Later, Mitchell talks to Alex about this and she agrees with him, as Claire one time took a couple of participation ribbons Haley and Luke won and put them next to her big plaque. This makes Mitchell to realize that he was acting like a 14-year-old girl.

In "Yard Sale", Claire, Mitchell, and Cameron try to make Alex understand that her boyfriend, Michael, is gay, but she doesn't believe it.


Claire and Alex

Claire is Alex's Mother, Alex and Claire had a very strong family and friendly relationships but as she grew up like Haley, they grew apart with communication but they both still very much love each other. Alex is known to be the smartest of the family. Claire doesn't have to take care of Alex as much as Alex needs to take care of her Mother. Claire tells Alex that she wants to be the Mother who shows their smart kid off, as she can't do this with Haley or Luke, Claire realises that she doesn't want to become that Mother but she still wants to support Alex in the best way that she can.


Alex and Phil
Phil is Alex's Father, Alex and Phil also like Claire had a strong relationship growing up, although now that Alex has grown much smarter than before, she considers her Dad to be an idiot, but she still very much loves him. They have a friendly as well as a family relationship.

Love Interests


Jeremy ohmygass

In "The Kiss", Claire finds out that Alex has been texting with a boy. She sends Haley to give Alex advice about love, however, Haley says that if she doesn't kiss him soon, he will think she's a lesbian, so she rushes to Jeremy's house and rambles on about their feelings and wanting to kiss him. Jeremy is left stunned and, before he is able to reply, the door to their house opens and it is revealed that his friends have just overheard their conversation. Alex runs off in embarrassment. The news quickly spreads, humiliating both Alex and Haley.That night after Claire comforts Alex, Jeremy appears by their house, waiting for Alex. He tells her that if his friends weren't there, he would have said yes to her offer of a kiss. When he asks her if she still wants to, she tells him that she wants to hang out with him in person more first instead of just over text, to which Jeremy sighs with relief.

In "Bixby's Back", Alex states that she will be having a phone date with Jeremy for Valentine's Day.

Jimmy Scrivano


In "Dude Ranch", Alex meets Jimmy while on vacation with her family in Wyoming. He first flirts with Alex, which makes her feel annoyed. Jimmy argues with Alex that she shouldn't be fighting what they had together and Alex states that she just wants to be left alone. Jimmy kisses her and obliges to Alex wishes and leaves. Later, Alex confronts Jimmy and tells him that he "stole" her first kiss. He says that he doesn't want it and he precedes to give it back by kissing her again. She says that she doesn't want it now and "gives it back to him" by kissing him passionately before she leaves confused at what she has done. They end up falling in love, but decide to not keep a relationship due to the distance between their homes.



In "Baby on Board", there is a prom at Alex's high school. After saying it was lame, she does get asked by a boy named Michael.

In "Yard Sale", he comes over. Claire is certain he's gay, and Mitchell and Cameron confirm her assumption. They convince Alex to ask him. This isn't met well, as Michael gets very defensive and upset. Later, however, they are seen being intimate again, so maybe they didn't break up definitely.

Sanjay Patel


Sanjay reaffirms his affection toward Alex.

In Patriot Games. Alex is furious upon learning that she has been asked to be co-valedictorian with her all-time academic rival, Sanjay Patel. Due to having the same GPA as one another. Alex and Sanjay then decide to settle things with a physical test, in form of a race to determine who gets the valedictorian spot. Prior to the race, Sanjay goes over to Alex's house to confess his crush on her. Alex is flustered, but then convinced by her family that it was possibly a distraction. On the day of the race, Alex prepares for the race confidently, and tries to ignore Sanjay. Sanjay is then confused, as to why Alex is ignoring him. When the race starts Sanjay refuses to run. However, In front of their parents, Sanjay reveals that he doesn't care for the valedictorian spot, and that he cares more about Alex knowing his true feelings for her. He then expresses his embarrassment about his skinny legs--in which Alex tells him she likes, they then move towards each other, while exchanging compliments about each other. Alex then kisses Sanjay, Sanjay tells Alex competitively that he kisses better than her. Alex then strikes back and tells him she is destroying him and they continue to kiss. While Alex is in college, it is revealed that the two have broken up.


  • Ariel Winter is about two years younger than her character she portrays.
  • From the "Pilot" until "Suddenly, Last Summer", Alex was wearing small framed glasses and then in "First Days" onwards, Alex began wearing bigger glasses. It is unknown why she changed them.


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

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