Laura Marano (born November 29, 1995)[1] is an American teen actress and singer.[2] She has appeared in Without a Trace and Back to You, in both instances playing the daughter of the main characters. She starred in the Disney Channel series Austin & Ally[3][4] as Ally Dawson. Her older sister Vanessa Marano is also an actress.[5] Marano also starred as a lead role in the new film, A Sort of Homecoming.[6] She is signed to Big Machine Records. Her debut album is expected to come out sometime in the Fall of 2016. She will be performing at the 2016 Radio Disney Music Awards. She released a song titled Boombox on March 11, 2016, and it is the lead single off her debut album.

Life and CareerEdit

Marano is the daughter of college professor Damiano Marano and former actress Ellen Marano.[7] Her father is of Italian descent.[8] Marano's first acting role was when she was five years old.[9] Since then, she worked for a lot of productions at the Stage Door Theater. She appeared in numerous commercials and has 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 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.

Laura Marano has been writing songs for three years with Peter Waldman. Laura has written Words[1], Mile in Silence, Unaware, What's Comin' Over Me, Help Me Forget You, Just Let Me Go, Leave The World Behind.

She played Ally Dawson on the Disney Channel series Austin & Ally.[10][11]

Marano revealed that she doesn't go to school on the set of the Disney 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."[12] Marano sings, dances, and writes songs. She hopes to perform in stage musicals in the future.

External LinksEdit


Year Film Role
2005 The Jacket Young Jackie
2006 Ice Age:The Meltdown Addional voice
2007 Goldfish Suzy
2007 Superbad Young Becca


Year Title Role Note
2003-2004 Without A Trace Kate Malone 7 episodes
2004 Joan of Arcadia Emily Episode:"Night Witout Stars"
2005 Medical Investigation Brooke Beck Episode:"Tribe"
2005 The X's Scout(voice) TV series
2006 Ghost Whisperer Aubrey Episode:"Friendly Neighborhood Ghost"
2006 Without a Trace Kate Malone Episode:"Shattered"
2006 Huff Amelia Episode:"Black Shadows"
2006 Dexter Young Debra Episode:"Let's Give the Boy a Hand" Episode:"Father knows best"
2007-2008 Back to You Gracie Carr 5 episodes
2007-2008 The Sarah Silverman Program Young Sarah Silverman 5 episodes
2008 Gray Unmarried Louise Brooks Episode:"Pilot"
2008 Ni Hao,Kai Lan Mei Mei 11 episodes
2009 Heroes Young Alice Shaw Episode:"1961"
2009 Little Monk Cousin Lauren Episode:"Little Monk and Monk Cousin"
2010 Telepatic Marsha TV movie
2010 True Jackson VP Molly Episode:"True Drama" Episode:"Little Buddies"
2010 The Sarah Silverman Program Young Sarah Silverman Episode:"A Slip Slope"
2010 Flash Forward Young Tracy Episode:"BlowBack"
2010 Children Hospital Haley Episode:"Give a Painted Brother a Break"Episode:"Frankfurthers.Allman Brothers.Death Frankfurters"
2011-2016 Austin & Ally Ally Dawson Lead Role; Disney Channel Original Series


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