Kaley Cuoco

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Kaley Cuoco
San Diego Comic-Con 2009, Kaley Cuoco.jpg
Cuoco at the San Diego Comic-Con in July 2009
BornKaley Christine Cuoco
(1985-11-30) November 30, 1985 (age 28)
Camarillo, California, U.S.
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Other namesKaley Cuoco-Sweeting
Years active1992–present
Home townSan Fernando Valley, California, U.S.
Spouse(s)Ryan Sweeting (m. 2013)
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Kaley Cuoco
San Diego Comic-Con 2009, Kaley Cuoco.jpg
Cuoco at the San Diego Comic-Con in July 2009
BornKaley Christine Cuoco
(1985-11-30) November 30, 1985 (age 28)
Camarillo, California, U.S.
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Other namesKaley Cuoco-Sweeting
Years active1992–present
Home townSan Fernando Valley, California, U.S.
Spouse(s)Ryan Sweeting (m. 2013)

Kaley Christine Cuoco-Sweeting[1] (née Cuoco; /ˈkl ˈkwk/ KAY-lee KWOH-koh; born November 30, 1985)[2][3] is an American actress, known for her roles as Bridget Hennessy on the ABC sitcom 8 Simple Rules (2002–2005), Billie Jenkins on the final season of the supernatural drama series Charmed (2005–2006) and Penny on the CBS comedy series The Big Bang Theory (2007–present) for which she won a Critics' Choice Television Award in 2013 and a People's Choice Award in 2014. Cuoco has also appeared in films such as To Be Fat like Me (2007), Hop (2011) and Authors Anonymous (2014). In October 2014, Cuoco was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[4]

Early life[edit]

Cuoco was born in Camarillo, California, to realtor Gary Carmine Cuoco and homemaker Layne Ann Wingate.[5] Gary is of Italian descent while Layne is of English and German descent.[6] As a child, Cuoco was once a regionally ranked amateur player in tennis,[7] a sport she took up when she was 3 years old. She stopped playing at the age of 16 in 2002.[8]


Cuoco made her first feature film appearance as the young Karin Carter in the 1995 action thriller Virtuosity.[9] In 1999, Cuoco appeared on the CBS sitcom Ladies Man and in 2000 she portrayed former Brady Bunch star Maureen McCormick in the TV movie Growing Up Brady as well as starring in the Disney Channel Original Movie Alley Cats Strike. In September 2002, Cuoco began a starring role as Bridget Hennessy on the ABC sitcom 8 Simple Rules. Bridget was the oldest child, despite Cuoco being 6 years younger than Amy Davidson, who played her younger sister. Due to low ratings, ABC cancelled the series on May 17, 2005.

Cuoco at the San Diego Comic-Con in July 2009

In addition to the final season of 8 Simple Rules, Cuoco had starring roles on the NBC miniseries 10.5, the ABC Family original movie Crimes of Fashion, the independent film Debating Robert Lee,[10] and in the film The Hollow. She also voiced the character of Brandy Harrington, a 14-year-old anthropomorphic mixed-breed dog, on the Disney Channel cartoon Brandy and Mr. Whiskers. Cuoco voiced the character of Kirstee Smith in Bratz from 2004 to 2005. In the eighth season of the TV show Charmed, Cuoco appeared as Billie Jenkins, a powerful young witch with the powers of telekinesis and projection. Executive producer Brad Kern stated that Cuoco's character was initially brought in as a possible spin-off.

In September 2007, Cuoco began starring in the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, playing Penny, a Cheesecake Factory employee and aspiring actress who lives across the hall from scientists Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper. Prior to the 2010–2011 season, she earned $60,000 an episode for the series, the same as her co-stars. In 2010, the cast negotiated a raise for each actor to make $200,000 per episode.[11] On September 13, 2010, she broke her leg in a horse-riding accident and missed two episodes of the series.[12] In late October 2012, Cuoco enlisted the help of her sister Briana to organize a flash mob on the set of the show, in which she and the cast and crew surprised the studio audience by suddenly lip-synching and dancing to Carly Rae Jepsen's song "Call Me Maybe". A video of the event was posted on YouTube and became a viral success.[13][14] A clip from the performance was also played during Cuoco's January 8, 2013 appearance on the late night talk show Conan.[15] As of 4 August 2014, Cuoco and her co-stars from The Big Bang Theory Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons, each earn an estimated $1 million per episode.[16]

Cuoco starred in the Lifetime film To Be Fat Like Me, which premiered on January 8, 2007.[17] She played a minor role in the Prison Break episodes "The Message" and "Chicago", as well as starring in the comedy horror spoof Killer Movie in 2008. She also appeared in the 2010 film The Penthouse. In 2011, Cuoco appeared in Allure magazine's annual "Naked Truth" feature.[18] That same year, she appeared in the films Hop and The Last Ride.[19] She was also chosen to host the Teen Choice Awards in 2011,[20] as well as the People's Choice Awards in 2012 and 2013.[21][22] Cuoco became a regular on Priceline.com commercials as the daughter of William Shatner's character.[23]

Personal life[edit]

While working on The Big Bang Theory, Cuoco privately dated co-star Johnny Galecki for roughly two years until December 2009, while their characters on the show were also dating. She told CBS Watch in September 2010 that they have remained on good terms since ending their relationship.[24] She became engaged to addiction specialist Josh Resnik in October 2011, but they ended their engagement by March 2012.[25] Cuoco subsequently became engaged to professional tennis player Ryan Sweeting in September 2013, after three months of dating. They married on December 31, 2013, in Santa Susana, California.[26]



1992Quicksand: No EscapeConnie Reinhardt
1995VirtuosityKarin Carter
1997Picture PerfectLittle girl
1998Mr. MurderCharlotte Stillwater
1999Forever TogetherTeresa
2000Alley Cats StrikeElisa Bowers
2000Growing Up BradyMaureen McCormick
2000Can't Be HeavenTeresa PowersCredited as Kaley Cuaco
2003Merry Mickey Celebration, AA Merry Mickey CelebrationHerself
2004Debating Robert LeeMaralee Rodgers
2004Crimes of FashionBrooke
2004Hollow, TheThe HollowKaren
2005Lucky 13Sarah Baker
2006Separated at WorthGabby
2006WastedKatie Cooning
2006Bratz: Passion 4 Fashion – DiamondzKirstee Smith
2007To Be Fat like MeAlyson Schmidt
2007Cougar ClubAmanda
2008Killer MovieBlanca Champion
2010Penthouse, TheThe PenthouseErica Roc
2011HopSamantha O'Hare
2011Last Ride, TheThe Last RideWanda
2012Peterson: Untouchable, DrewDrew Peterson: UntouchableStacy PetersonTV movie
2014Authors AnonymousHannah Rinaldi
2015The Wedding RingerPaigeFilming
2015Burning BodhiKatyFilming


1994My So-Called LifeYoung Angela ChaseEpisode: "Father Figures"
1994Northern ExposureMirandaEpisode: "Hello, I Love You"
1996EllenLittle Ellen MorganEpisode: "The Bubble Gum Incident"
2000Homewood PILauren CraneEpisode: "Pilot"
2000Don't Forget Your ToothbrushAshley
2000–01Ladies ManBonnie Stiles8 episodes
20017th HeavenLynnEpisode: "Relationships"
2002First MondayAlyssa1 episode
2002Ellen Show, TheThe Ellen ShowVanessaEpisode: "Shallow Gal"
2002Nightmare Room, TheThe Nightmare RoomKristin FerrisEpisode: "My Name is Evil"
2002–058 Simple RulesBridget Hennessy76 episodes
2003CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationZoe YoungEpisode: "Feeling The Heat"
2004The HelpCarly MichaelsEpisode: "Pilot"
2004Complete SavagesErinEpisode: "For Whom the Cell Tolls"
2004Punk'dHerselfSeason 3, Episode 3
200410.5Amanda Williams
2004–06Brandy and Mr. WhiskersBrandy HarringtonVoice
2005–06BratzKirstee SmithVoice
2005–06CharmedBillie Jenkins22 episodes
2005–07Loonatics UnleashedPaula Hayes / Weather Vane3 episodes
2006Secrets of a Small TownMisty AndersEpisode: "Pilot"
2007Prison BreakSashaEpisodes: "The Message" and "Chicago"
2007–presentBig Bang Theory, TheThe Big Bang TheoryPennyAll episodes except "The Desperation Emanation" and "The Irish Pub Formulation"

Awards and nominations[edit]

1993Young Artist AwardsBest Young Actress in a Cable MovieQuicksand: No EscapeNominated
2000YoungStar AwardsBest Young Actress in a Mini-Series/Made for TV FilmGrowing Up BradyNominated
2003Young Artist AwardsBest Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Leading Young Actress8 Simple RulesNominated
2003Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actress: Comedy8 Simple RulesNominated
2003Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Breakout Star: Female8 Simple RulesWon
2004Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actress: Comedy8 Simple RulesNominated
2004Young Artist AwardsBest Young Adult Performer in a Teenage Role8 Simple RulesNominated
2010Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actress: ComedyThe Big Bang TheoryNominated
2011Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actress: ComedyThe Big Bang TheoryNominated
2012People's Choice AwardsFavorite TV Comedy ActressThe Big Bang TheoryNominated
2012Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actress: ComedyThe Big Bang TheoryNominated
2012Satellite AwardBest Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy[27]The Big Bang TheoryWon
2013Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actress: ComedyThe Big Bang TheoryNominated
2013People's Choice AwardsFavorite TV Comedy ActressThe Big Bang TheoryNominated
2013Critics' Choice Television AwardBest Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (tied with Eden Sher)The Big Bang TheoryWon
2014People's Choice AwardsFavorite TV Comedy ActressThe Big Bang TheoryWon
2014Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Funny StarThe Big Bang TheoryNominated
2014Critics' Choice Television AwardBest Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesThe Big Bang TheoryNominated


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  2. ^ "8 Interesting Facts About Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting". CBS. August 19, 2014.
  3. ^ "The Convention Conundrum". The Big Bang Theory. Season 7. Episode 14. January 30, 2014.
  4. ^ Lombardi, Ken (30 October 2014). "Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting gets emotional over Hollywood Walk of Fame star". CBS News. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "Kaley Cuoco". Yahoo!. Retrieved November 17, 2012. 
  6. ^ "5 Things You Don't Know About Kaley Cuoco". ET Online. Archived from the original on January 6, 2014. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  7. ^ 14 Singles "Southern California Tennis Association 1998 Year-End Junior Rankings". californiatennis.com. Retrieved October 7, 2012.  No. 54 in Girls' 14 Singles.
  8. ^ Acuna, Kirsten (March 2, 2012). "25 Things You Don't Know About Newly Single Kaley Cuoco—CBS' 'Big Bang Theory' Sweetheart". businessinsider.com. Retrieved October 7, 2012. "Cuoco has been an ace in Hollywood and on the tennis court, playing the sport since she was three-years-old. She finally made the full switch to acting in 2002" 
  9. ^ Entertainment Tonight. CBS. November 30, 2012.
  10. ^ "Debating Robert Lee (2006)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 29, 2014.
  11. ^ "Kaley Cuoco". kaleycuoco.org. Retrieved September 15, 2010. 
  12. ^ Masters, Megan (October 12, 2010). "Kaley Cuoco Returns to Big Bang Theory After Injury as a-Pregnant Amputee Bartender?!". Retrieved November 7, 2010. 
  13. ^ Ratledge, Ingela (December 3, 2012) "Big Bang's Flash Mob Mentality". TV Guide. p. 6
  14. ^ "The Big Bang Theory Flash mob! [Full version compilation]". NommiXproductions. YouTube. November 16, 2012. Retrieved November 28, 2012.
  15. ^ "The Guy Who Drove a Hummer and Wasn't a Total A-Hole". Conan. Season 3. Episode 25. January 8, 2013. TBS.
  16. ^ "Big Bang Theory stars sign new contracts". BBC News. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Movies — To Be Fat Like Me". lifetimetv.com. Retrieved March 18, 2007. 
  18. ^ Brown, Robyn (May 2011). "The Naked Truth: 4 Celebrities Go Nude for Allure". Allure. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Kaley Cuoco Signs For "I Hop," "Last Ride" – March 31, 2010". Dark Horizons. Retrieved May 7, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Kaley Cuoco to Host 2011 Teen Choice Awards". Retrieved July 28, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Kaley Cuoco to Host 2012 People's Choice Awards". People's Choice. Retrieved October 9, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Kaley Cuoco to host People's Choice Awards". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Kaley Cuoco joins Shatner in Priceline ads". USA Today (Gannett Company). January 9, 2013. Retrieved April 26, 2013. 
  24. ^ Morgan, Hudson (September 2010). "Justify Her Love". CBS Watch. 
  25. ^ Weiner, David (March 2, 2012). "ET Exclusive: Kaley Cuoco No Longer Engaged". ET Online. 
  26. ^ "'Big Bang Theory' star Kaley Cuoco gets married". Associated Press via Newsday. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  27. ^ 'Silver Linings Playbook' Wins Five Satellite Awards, Including Best Picture, Kilday, Gregg The Hollywood Reporter December 16, 2012.

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