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Modern Family then and now: how cast have changed over the years

They look SO different!

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Francesca Shillcock
Francesca ShillcockSenior Features Writer
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Modern Family has been leaving us in stitches for years, and we're loving watching some of our favourite episodes all over again on Disney+ and E4 in the UK. For those unfamiliar with the format, the show is a mockumentary-style sitcom that follows the lives of Jay Pritchett and his family – and all the dramas and hilarity that occurs.

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Since the Emmy-winning show first appeared on our screens in 2009, the cast has certainly changed a fair bit through the years. Click through the gallery to take a look...

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Sofía Vergara – Gloria Delgado

Sofía Vergara is best known for her role as Gloria in the sitcom but has appeared in many other shows and films over the years. Check out this throwback to 1999 before Modern Family started, but we think she looks just as gorgeous today!

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Ed O'Neill – Jay Pritchett

The head of the household in many ways is Jay Pritchett, Gloria's husband, played by Ed O'Neill. Here's what he looked like when the show first began and how he looks today.

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Julie Bowen – Claire Dunphy

Jay's daughter Claire is played by Julie Bowen – here's the actress back in 2009 and then pictured more recently looking super glam at the Emmy's.

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Ty Burrell – Phil Dunphy

Ty Burell plays Phil, Claire's husband and has been a favourite since the show began in 2009. Ty was a successful actor before Modern Family however – pictured here in 2003 at a movie premiere.

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Sarah Hyland – Haley Dunphy

Given Modern Family began in 2009 and featured a number of now successful young actors, it's no wonder they're the ones that have arguably changed the most over the years.Sarah Hyland plays Haley, Claire and Phil's daughter. This is Sarah not long before she joined the show and her glam look today.

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson – Mitchell Pritchett

Jesse earned five Emmy nominations for his role as Mitchell, Jay's son in Modern Family. Jesse's pictured looking fresh-faced back in 2005 before he joined the cast.

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Eric Stonestreet – Cameron Tucker

Eric Stonestreet is another favourite character on the show who plays Mitchell's husband Cameron. Check out his youthful appearance here in 2009.

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Ariel Winter – Alex Dunphy

Like Sarah, Ariel Winter looks worlds apart from her earlier acting days. Here's a fresh-faced Ariel back in 2008, just one year before she began starring in Modern Family.

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Nolan Gould – Luke Dunphy

Nolan looks all innocent and adorable in this throwback from his early acting days!

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Rico Rodriguez – Manny Delgado

Gloria's son Manny is played by Rico Rodriguez. Today, Rico looks worlds apart from his younger self back when the show first aired.

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