Modern Family Exclusive: Ellen Barkin to Play Phil's New [Spoiler Alert]!

If Ellen Barkin’s Modern Family character is as incendiary as the actress’ Twitter feed then Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell) may want to consider changing professions.

Sources confirm to TVLine exclusively that the Emmy- and Tony-winning tigress is joining ABC’s monster hit in the potentially recurring role of Vera, a very tough, legendary real estate broker who becomes Phil’s main nemesis.

The news follows the casting of Greg Kinnear as Phil’s new business partner, which makes us wonder: Is Phil amassing a small army to take on Barkin’s battle-axe broker from hell?

Barkin, who is currently winning raves (not to mention Oscar buzz) for her role in the indie drama Another Happy Day, is set to make her Modern Family debut in early ’12.

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  1. nomi says:

    Oscar buzz for Another Happy Day? Stick with TV, K thanks.

  2. Peng9803 says:

    Greg and Ellen were in “Someone Like You” together.

  3. Darcy says:

    I really wish the show would have more recurring characters, and not just like once a season Shelley Long, though I do love DeDe.

  4. CJ says:

    Ellen Barkin must be taking all this work because she needs the money for her medical bills. I assume that to be true because someone apparently punched her in the mouth–her lips are all swollen and gross.

  5. Manny says:

    She is HOTT (for an old lady)

  6. Robert says:

    F Ellen Barkin. I want CoCO!!