Winters was born in Dallas, Texas, and grew up in nearby Lewisville. Winters was educated at Prestonwood Christian Academy, a private Baptist school in Plano. When she was 10, Winters sang a solo at the American Airlines Center to a crowd of over 24,000 people. She originally planned to attend Southern Methodist University for her college education, but chose instead to relocate to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career.
Winters made her film debut as Young Kathleen in the straight-to-DVD film A Christmas Snow. She then appeared in the straight-to-DVD film Cooper and the Castle Hills Gang. In 2013, she guest starred in the Disney Channel sitcom Liv and Maddie as Kylie Kramer. From 2013 to 2014, Winters had a recurring role as Kelsey in the ABC Family/Freeform drama series The Fosters.
From 2014 to 2016, Winters starred a series regular in the FX drama series Tyrant, she was credited as a guest star during the second season, but continued her role in the third season. Winters starred in a leading role in the 2014 independent drama film Sand Castles. She won the Leonardo da Vinci Horse Award for Best Ensemble Cast at the MIFF Awards with her co-stars. Winters starred as Kelly Decker in the action film Fatal Instinct.
In 2015, she appeared as Gwen in the faith-based film Pass the Light. She also starred as Avery Lindstrom in the Lifetime television film The Bride He Bought Online. That same year, she was cast as Vicki Roth in ABC's crime drama series Wicked City. Winters co-starred as Valerie York in the NBC pilot sequel to the teen drama film Cruel Intentions, alongside the film's original star Sarah Michelle Gellar. Winters won Best Supporting Actress at the 2016 Nice International Film Festival for her role in the drama film The Tribe.
She starred in the horror comedy film Mom and Dad. Since 2017, Winters has had a lead role in the go90 drama series Zac and Mia, portraying teenage cancer patient Mia Phillips. She starred in a recurring role in the second season of Netflix's drama series 13 Reasons Why, and promoted to series regular for the third season. She also co-star in the comedy film Night School.
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