Austin & Ally

"Ally Dawson"

Laura Marano stars as Ally, a multi-talented singer and song-writer who began her career writing for singing sensation Austin Moon and has become a star in her own right, in the Disney Channel comedy series "Austin & Ally."

Seventeen-year-old Marano began her acting career at the age of five, performing in numerous plays at the Agoura Children’s Theatre. Parlaying her love of performing onto the small screen, she then appeared in national commercials for companies including Wendy’s and Burger King.
She has guest starred in a number of television series including "Heroes," "Children’s Hospital," "Flash Forward," "Little Monk," "Medical Investigation," "Huff" and "Joan of Arcadia." Additionally, she had recurring roles on "Without A Trace" and "The Sarah Silverman Program," and was a series regular on "Back to You" and the game show "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?"

On the big screen, Marano voiced characters in the animated features "Finding Nemo" and "Ice Age: The Meltdown." She also appeared in the George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh produced film, "The Jacket," as well as Judd Apatow’s, "Superbad."

In August 2013, Marano was named the 2013 Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Ambassador, in which she will advocate, educate and fundraise for the original Kids Helping Kids® campaign to aid children around the world.

Born November 29, 1995, Marano, the younger of two siblings, has many hobbies including soccer, piano, hip-hop, tap dancing and singing. She considers reading and writing songs her most favorite pastimes. Marano has an adventurous spirit and especially enjoys travelling.

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