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Laura Marano

Laura Marano American actress

American actress
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro American actress
Countries United States of America
Occupations Film actor Actor Lead vocalist Singer Voice actor Dancer Television actor
Gender female
Birth 29 November 1995 (Los Angeles)
Siblings: Vanessa Marano
The details

Laura Marano (born November 29, 1995) is an American actress and singer, best known for her starring role in the Disney Channel series Austin & Ally as Ally Dawson. Marano was one of the five original classmates in Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?. She starred in Without a Trace for three seasons and also Back to You, in both instances playing the daughter of the main characters. Marano starred in the indie film A Sort of Homecoming. Marano also starred in the 2015 Disney Channel Original Movie Bad Hair Day along with Good Luck Charlie actress Leigh-Allyn Baker. She currently is signed with Big Machine Records and released her debut single "Boombox" on March 11, 2016. She is also the younger sister of actress Vanessa Marano who currently stars in Freeform's Switched at Birth.

Early life

Marano was born in Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of college professor Damiano Marano and former actress Ellen Marano. Her father is of Italian descent. Her mother is the owner of Agoura Children's Theatre. Marano was first introduced to acting at her mother's theatre. At age 5, Marano began expressing interest in acting professionally to her parents along with her older sister Vanessa, who is also an actress. However, her mother had trepidation about the idea of her daughters working in the tough industry of acting. She took them to one of the strictest talent agents in Abrams Talent Agency in hopes that they would be rejected and then lose interest. To her surprise, the agency wanted both Laura and Vanessa. From there, Marano began her career.

Marano attended traditional school while she worked, even when she booked a full time job on Austin & Ally, instead of doing school on set. "I go to an actual high school and my friends and everybody there have been so supportive," said Marano. "It's nice when I'm not working to go to that school and be surrounded by really supportive friends."


2003–2010: Without a Trace and Back to You

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 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 played the 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 also appeared in Dexter as the child version of Debra Morgan. She also played the child version of a character played by Diana Scarwid, Alice Shaw, sister of Angela Petrelli, on Heroes.

2011–2016: Austin & Ally

In 2011, Marano starred as Ally Dawson on the Disney Channel series Austin & Ally. In 2013, Marano recorded four solo songs and one duet with Ross Lynch for the soundtrack album Austin & Ally: Turn It Up. "Me and You" debuted within the U.S. Billboard Kid Digital Songs chart at number thirteen before rising to the sixth spot, spending eleven weeks on the chart. "Redial" debuted at number nineteen before peaking at number eighteen, spending four weeks on the chart. Also in 2013, Marano recorded a duet with her Austin & Ally co-star Ross Lynch entitled "I Love Christmas" for Disney Channel's third holiday compilation album, Holidays Unwrapped. On November 25, 2013, the song was released as a promotional single. On December 14, "I Love Christmas" debuted within the U.S. Billboard Holiday Digital Songs chart peaking at number fifty. Marano sings, dances, and writes songs. She hopes to perform in stage musicals in the future.

In 2014, Marano voiced as Rachel in four episodes of Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja. She also appeared as Hammu in Fish Hooks and as Fangs in Liv and Maddie. Also in 2014, she appeared in a music video produced for British pop-rock group The Vamps and American singer Demi Lovato called "Somebody To You". In March 2015, Marano stated that she had signed a record deal with Universal's Big Machine Records. In the same year, Marano starred in Disney Channel's Original Movie, Bad Hair Day. The film was first released on February 6, 2015 on Disney Channel and had its premiere broadcast in the US on February 13. She also starring as the young version of Amy in A Sort of Homecoming, which tells the story of a girl who returns to her home town in Louisiana from her career in New York City upon request of her high school debate coach. In flashbacks, she recalls her senior year, the politics surrounding debate competitions. On January 10, 2016, Austin and Ally ended after four seasons.

2016: Radio, films and debut album

On January 13, 2016, Marano debuted her own radio talk show on Radio Disney titled For the Record with Laura Marano. The weekly one hour show chronicles Marano’s journey as she launches her music career, featuring interviews with a guest star in each episode. The show also provides listeners tips on how one can pursue a career in music. The show has featured various guest stars including Nick Jonas, Ariana Grande, Meghan Trainor, OneRepublic, and Troye Sivan. The first episode of the show, which aired January 12, 2016, guest starred her co-stars of Austin & Ally. On March 11, 2016, Marano released her debut single called "Boombox" from her upcoming debut studio album. The music video for the single released on April 4, 2016 and accumulated over 6 million views in a week. The video currently holds over 42 million views. It guest stars actor and comedian Ken Jeong, along with his daughter Zooey, and was directed by Cole Walliser. On April 30, 2016, Marano performed the single at the 2016 Radio Disney Music Awards which aired on Disney Channel on May 1. Marano also performed the song on Today as Elvis Duran's artist of the month on May 31. On August 13, 2016, Marano announced that the second single from the album, "La La", would be released on August 25, 2016.


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." In August 2014, Marano was ambassador for the Disney and Birds Eye Vegetables campaign 'Step up to the plate'. The campaign's goal is to encourage children in the United States to explore healthy foods such as vegetables.


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Finding Nemo Additional voices
2005 Jacket, TheThe Jacket Young Jackie
2006 Ice Age: The Meltdown Additional voices
2007 Goldfish Suzy Short film
2007 Superbad Young Becca
2015 Sort of Homecoming, AA Sort of Homecoming Young Amy
2015 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip Hotel Babysitter
2017 Lady Bird Diana Glass In post-production
2017 The War With Grandpa Mia Dimension Films film
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2003–2006 Without a Trace Kate Malone Recurring role (seasons 2–4)
2004 Joan of Arcadia Emily Episode: "Night Without Stars"
2005 Medical Investigation Brooke Beck Episode: "Tribe"
2005–2006 X's, TheThe X's Scout Y Voice; main role
2006 Ghost Whisperer Audrey Episode: "Friendly Neighborhood Ghost"
2006 Huff Amelia Episode: "Black Shadows"
2006 Dexter Young Debra Episodes: "Let's Give the Boy a Hand", "Father Knows Best"
2007 Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? Herself / Judge / Mentor Season 1
2007–2008 Back to You Gracie Carr Main role
2007–2010 The Sarah Silverman Program Heather Silverman / Young Sarah Silverman Recurring role
2008 Ni Hao, Kai-Lan Mei Mei Voice; episode: "Kai-Lan's Trip to China"
2008 Gary Unmarried Louise Brooks Episodes: "Pilot", "Gary Gets Boundaries"
2009 Heroes Young Alice Shaw Episode: "1961"
2009 Little Monk Cousin Lauren Episode: "Little Monk and the Monk Cousin"
2010 True Jackson, VP Molly Episode: "Little Buddies"
2010 FlashForward Young Tracy Episode: "Blowback"
2010 Childrens Hospital Haley Episode: "Frankfurthers, Allman Brothers, Death, Frankfurters"
2011–2016 Austin & Ally Ally Dawson Lead role
2012 Jessie Ally Dawson Episode: "Austin & Jessie & Ally All Star New Year"
2014 Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja Rachel Voice; recurring role (season 2)
2014 Fish Hooks Girl Hamster #2 Voice; episode: "Algae Day"
2014 Liv and Maddie Fangs Special guest star; episode: "Howl-A-Rooney"
2015 Bad Hair Day Monica Reeves Television film
2015 Girl Meets World Ally Dawson Special guest star; episode: "Girl Meets World of Terror 2"
2016 Mère et Fille, California Dream Herself Television film


Year Title Role Notes
2016 For the Record with Laura Marano Host Radio Disney


Soundtrack albums

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak
Austin & Ally:
Turn It Up
  • Released: December 17, 2013
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Label: Walt Disney
89 6
Austin & Ally:
Take It from the Top
  • Released: March 31, 2015
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Label: Walt Disney
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


List of singles
Title Year Album
"Boombox" 2016 Non-album single
"La La"

Promotional singles

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Album
"Words" 2010 Non-album single
"I Love Christmas"
(with Ross Lynch)
2013 Holidays Unwrapped

Other appearances

Song Year Other artist(s) Album
"Poop Song" 2010 Sarah Silverman From Our Rears to Your Ears
"Shine" 2012 N/A Disney Fairies: Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust
"The Me That You Don't See" 2014 Disney Channel: Play It Loud
"Austin & Ally Glee Club Mash Up" Austin & Ally cast
"You Can Come to Me" Ross Lynch

Music videos

List of music videos, showing year released and director
Title Year Director Notes
"Words" 2010 Waldman Entertainment
"Heard It on the Radio" 2012 Matt Stawski Guest appearance; Ross Lynch's music video
"The Me That You Don't See" 2013 N/A
"Somebody to You" 2014 Emil Nava Guest appearance; The Vamps' and Demi Lovato's music video
"For The Ride" 2015 N/A
"Boombox" 2016 Cole Walliser Music video for debut single
"Freya Vs. Ravenna" Whitney Avalon Guest appearance; As Ravenna. Princess Rap Battle, YouTube video series
"Miraculous" 2016 Cole Walliser Music video for Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Comedy Austin & Ally Nominated
2015 Kids' Choice Awards Favourite TV Actress Austin & Ally Won
Remi Awards Rising Actress A Sort of Homecoming Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer TV Star: Female Austin & Ally Nominated
Choice TV: Chemistry (with Ross Lynch) Austin & Ally Nominated
2016 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Female TV Star Austin & Ally Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Comedy Austin & Ally Nominated
Streamy Awards Original Song Boombox Nominated

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