Modern Family cast touches down in Australia

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The stars of the hit series Modern Family have landed in Sydney today, including cast members Sofia Vergara (Gloria), Ed O’Neill (Jay), Sarah Jane Hyland (Hayley), Rico Rodriguez (Manny) and Nolan Gould (Luke).

Executive producer Steve Levitan, co-executive producer and writer Danny Zuker and co-stars Eric Stonestreet (Cam), Jesse Tyler-Ferguson (Mitchell) and Aubrey Anderson-Emmons (Lily) are already in Australia.

Tyler-Ferguson and his “little girl” in the hit show, Anderson-Emmons, were mobbed by fans at the Sydney International Airport.

The cast, including Ty Burrell (Phil), Julie Bowen (Claire) and their on-screen daughter Ariel Winter (Alex), will be filming scenes for the next week around Sydney.

Plans to film the Australian episode were revealed exclusively by Fairfax last September.

The show has established a tradition of filming an “away” episode every season, which involves the Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker-Delgado family travelling as a group.

In past seasons they have visited Hawaii, Florida, a dude ranch in Wyoming and LA’s Disneyland theme park.

“We loved the family vacation episodes we shot in Hawaii and Wyoming. This one is certainly our most ambitious yet,” the show’s co-creator and executive producer Steve Levitan said.

The show has a strong following in Australia. It screens on the Ten Network and Foxtel.

The show’s fifth season is currently in production, and airing in Australia and the US.