Actress Julie Bowen stars in the hit TV Show, "Modern Family." She is also known for playing Carole Vessey on "Ed" and Denise Bauer on "Boston Legal." As Claire Dunphy, she was twice nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, winning in 2011.
Throughout Bowen's career she has played supporting roles in films including “Happy Gilmore,” “Multiplicity,” “Venus and Mars,” “Joe Somebody,” “Kids in America,” “Sex and Death 101,” “Crazy on the Outside,” “Jumping the Broom” and “Horrible Bosses.”
Bowen was born in Baltimore, Md. the middle of three daughters. She is of English, Irish, French, and German descent. Among other places, Bowen studied acting at the Acting Institute. After graduation, Bowen had a role in the soap opera “Loving” and made her prime time debut on an episode of the college drama Class of '96. She also had the lead role in the 1994 television film “Runaway Daughters,” opposite of Paul Rudd.
Bowen first gained prominence on the television series “Ed,” where she played high school English teacher Carol Vessey, the love interest of the protagonist, Ed Stevens. Bowen then guest-starred as Sarah Shephard in five episodes of “Lost.” In the fall of 2005, Bowen joined the cast of “Boston Legal,” playing attorney Denise Bauer. She left the series in 2007. In 2008, she had a recurring role on “Weeds” playing Silas's love interest, Lisa. Since fall 2009, Bowen has co-starred on the ABC hit sitcom, “Modern Family.”
Bowen was a spokesmodel for Neutrogena and also appeared on an episode of “Jeopardy!”
Bowen married Scott Phillips, a real-estate investor and software developer, in 2004. Their son Oliver McLanahan Phillips was born on April 10, 2007. On May 8, 2009, she gave birth to twins, John and Gustav.
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