Laura Marie Marano is an American actress and singer. She starred 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.