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Laura Marano
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Biographical
Full Name

Laura Marano

Gender

Female

Date of Birth

November 29, 1995

Place of Birth

Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Eye Color

Brown

Hair Color

Black/Brown

Occupation

Actress
Singer

Website

lauramarano.com

Role

Herself

Laura Marano (born November 29, 1995) is an American actress and singer. She starring Without a Trace for three seasons and also Back to You, in both instances playing the daughter of the main characters. She stars in the Disney Channel series Austin & Ally as Ally Dawson. Her older sister Vanessa Marano is also an actress. Marano will be starring as a lead role in the new film, A Sort of Homecoming. Marano will also be starring in an upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie Bad Hair Day along with Good Luck Charlie actress Leigh Allyn Baker.

Early lifeEdit

Marano is the daughter of college professor Damiano Marano and former actress Ellen Marano. Her father is of Italian descent. Her mother, Ellen, is the owner of Agoura Children's Theatre.

CareerEdit

Marano's first acting role was when she was five years old. Since then, she worked for multiple productions at the Stage Door Theater. She has appeared in numerous commercials and has had small roles on Ghost Whisperer, Medical Investigation, Huff and Joan of Arcadia. Her bigger roles in television have been in Without a Trace and other shows. She has also been heard in the animated films Finding Nemo and Ice Age: The Meltdown. She played child role of Keira Knightley's character in the film The Jacket, and has had a small flashback role in the film Superbad. She was a regular cast member on the FOX game show, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? and played the role of Gracie Carr on FOX's sitcom Back to You.

Marano has since appeared in several episodes of The Sarah Silverman Program. Initially she was cast in the pilot episode, "Batteries", as the child version of Sarah Silverman, and the writers liked her so much they brought her back for a larger role as a girl Sarah coaches to win a beauty pageant ("Not Without My Daughter"). On the DVD commentary track, co-star Brian Posehn notes that Marano knew everyone else's lines better than they did. She has also appeared in Dexter as the child version of Debra Morgan. She has also played the child version of a character played by Diana Scarwid, Alice Shaw, sister of Angela Petrelli, on Heroes. Marano is most know for her role as Ally Dawson on the Disney Channel series Austin & Ally.

Marano revealed that she doesn't go to school on the set of the Disney Channel's Austin & Ally. Instead, she attends a regular high school: "I go to an actual high school and my friends and everybody there have been so supportive [...] It's nice when I'm not working to go to that school and be surrounded by really supportive friends." Marano sings, dances, and writes songs. She hopes to perform in stage musicals in the future. In 2014, Marano appeared in a music video produced for British pop-rock group The Vamps' titled, "Somebody To You".

PhilanthropyEdit

In August 2013, Marano has been named the 2013 UNICEF's Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Ambassador, which encouraged children to raise money on Halloween to help children around the world. About the campaign, Laura said "I'm so excited to celebrate Halloween this year by encouraging kids to support UNICEF's lifesaving work. The Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign is a fun, easy way for kids to learn about world issues and to help other kids who are less fortunate."

FilmographyEdit

Television
Year Title Role Notes
2003–06 Without a Trace Kate Malone Recurring role (Seasons 24)
2004 Joan of Arcadia Emily "Night without Stars" (Season 1, Episode 15)
2005 Medical Investigation Brooke Beck "Tribe" (Season 1, Episode 13)
2005–08 Template:Sortname Scout Y Voice
2006 Ghost Whisperer Audrey "Friendly Neighborhood Ghost" (Season 1, Episode 13)
2006 Huff Amelia "Black Shadows" (Season 2, Episode 12)
2006 Dexter Young Debra "Let's Give the Boy a Hand" (Season 1, Episode 4)
"Father Knows Best" (Season 1, Episode 9)
2007 Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader Herself / Judge / Mentor Season 1
2007–08 Back to You Gracie Carr Main role
2007–10 The Sarah Silverman Program Heather Silverman / Young Sarah Silverman Recurring role
2008 Ni-Hao, Kai-Lan Mei Mei "Kai-Lan's Trip to China - Part 1" (Season 1, Episode 119)
"Kai-Lan's Trip to China - Part 2" (Season 1, Episode 120)
2008 Gary Unmarried Louise Brooks "Pilot" (Season 1, Episode 1)
"Gary Gets Boundaries" (Season 1, Episode 2)
2009 Heroes Young Alice Shaw "1961" (Season 3, Episode 23)
2009 Little Monk Cousin Lauren "Little Monk and the Monk Cousin" (Season 1, Episode 5)
2010 True Jackson, VP Molly "Little Buddies" (Season 2, Episode 7)
2010 Telepathic Marsha "Pilot"; Unreleased
2010 Flash Forward Young Tracy "Blowback" (Season 1, Episode 13)
2010 Children's Hospital Haley "Frankfurthers. Allman Brothers. Death, Frankfurters" (Season 2, Episode 7)
2011–present Austin & Ally Ally Dawson Co-Lead role
2012 Jessie Ally Dawson "Austin & Jessie & Ally All Star New Year" (Season 2, Episode 6)
2014 Fish Hooks Girl Hamster #2 Voice; "Algae Day" (Season 3, Episode 14)
2014 Liv and Maddie Fangs "Howl-A-Rooney" (season 1, episode 16)
Film
Year Title Role Notes
2005 The Jacket Young Jackie
2006 Ice Age: The Meltdown Various role Supporting voices
2007 Goldfish Suzy Short film
2007 Superbad Young Becca
2014 A Sort Of Homecoming Young Amy Post-production
2014 Bad Hair Day Sue Television film; Pre-production