Laura Marano

Active - 2005 - 2020  |   Born - Nov 29, 1995 in Los Angeles, California, United States  |   Genres - Comedy, Thriller, Children's/Family

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Biography by Nathan Southern

Child actress Laura Marano first culled recognition from television viewers via her portrayal of Kate Malone, pint-sized daughter of FBI agent Jack Malone (Anthony LaPaglia), on the detective series Without a Trace -- a role she held opposite her sister, Vanessa Marano (the two played siblings). Additional accomplishments included a small role in the futuristic psychological thriller The Jacket (2005), starring Adrien Brody and Keira Knightley, voice work on the popular CG-animated feature Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006), and a couple apperances on the serial-killer drama Dexter as the younger version (in flashbacks) of the titular character's sister, Debra. In 2007, Marano played a young version of Sarah Silverman on her self-titled Comedy Central series, took part in the game show Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, and then went on to play Patricia Heaton and Kelsey Grammer's child, Gracie Carr, on the local-news sitcom Back to You. That series only lasted a year, but Marano soon found work voicing Mei Mei for the animated Nickelodeon series Ni Hao, Kai-lan. Over the coming years, Marano would continue to act on screen, appearing on The Sarah Silverman Program and Austin & Ally.

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  • Started acting in theatre at the age of 5.
  • Made her big-screen debut opposite Adrien Brody in 2005 psychological thriller The Jacket.
  • Has landed series regular roles on Fox sitcom Back to You and CBS drama Without a Trace, in which she played the sister of her real-life sibling, Vanessa Marano.
  • Appeared in the first season of Fox quiz show Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, which was initially cast with a mixture of child actors and non-professionals.