Kaley Cuoco

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - View original article

Kaley Cuoco
Cuoco at The Big Bang Theory panel at the 2008 Comic-Con convention
BornKaley Christine Cuoco
(1985-11-30) November 30, 1985 (age 28)
Camarillo, California, United States
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
OccupationActress, voice actress
Years active1992–present
Known for8 Simple Rules
The Big Bang Theory
Home townSan Fernando Valley, California, U.S.
Partner(s)Ryan Sweeting (2013–present)
AwardsChoice TV Breakout Star: Female
Jump to: navigation, search
Kaley Cuoco
Cuoco at The Big Bang Theory panel at the 2008 Comic-Con convention
BornKaley Christine Cuoco
(1985-11-30) November 30, 1985 (age 28)
Camarillo, California, United States
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
OccupationActress, voice actress
Years active1992–present
Known for8 Simple Rules
The Big Bang Theory
Home townSan Fernando Valley, California, U.S.
Partner(s)Ryan Sweeting (2013–present)
AwardsChoice TV Breakout Star: Female

Kaley Christine Cuoco (/ˈkl ˈkwk/ KAY-lee KWOH-koh; born November 30, 1985)[1] is an American actress. She first came to attention for her role as Bridget Hennessy on the ABC sitcom 8 Simple Rules (2002–2005). She later starred as Billie Jenkins on the final season of the supernatural drama series Charmed (2005–2006). She has gained international recognition for her role as Penny on the CBS comedy series The Big Bang Theory (2007–present). Cuoco has also appeared in the films Lucky 13 (2005), The Penthouse (2010), and Hop (2011).

Early life[edit]

Cuoco was born in Camarillo, California, the elder daughter of Layne Ann (née Wingate), a homemaker, and Gary Carmine Cuoco, a realtor.[2] She has a younger sister named Briana,[3][4][5] who is a dancer, singer and actress.[4][5] As a child, Cuoco took tennis lessons from Kathy Bryan, through which she became longtime friends with Bryan's sons, tennis players Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan.[6][7] Cuoco was once a nationally ranked amateur tennis player,[8] a sport she took up when she was three years old. She stopped playing in 2002 at the age of 16.[9]


Photograph of a blonde woman in a blue dress standing up at a panel discussion.
Kaley Cuoco in July 2009

Cuoco made her first feature film appearance as the young Karin Carter in the 1995 action thriller Virtuosity.[10]

In 1999 she 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 2002, Cuoco, at the age of 16, began a starring role as Bridget Hennessy on the ABC sitcom 8 Simple Rules. Bridget was the oldest child, despite Cuoco being six years younger than Amy Davidson, who played her younger sister. She had several boyfriends throughout the series and used her feminine wiles to exert significant control over the boys she encountered. After co-star John Ritter's death, the show returned on November 4, 2003, with a one-hour episode entitled "Goodbye", which was dedicated to Ritter's memory. Subsequent episodes dealt with the family's reaction to his death and them moving on from it. Due to low ratings, ABC cancelled the series on May 17, 2005.

In addition to the last 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,[1] 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 cult TV show Charmed, Cuoco appeared as Billie Jenkins, a powerful young witch with the powers of telekinesis and projection. When the sisters assume new identities during the first few episodes of the season, she keeps their secret and does some of their magical legwork for them. Billie spent most of the season trying to find her eldest sister Christy Jenkins, who had been kidnapped 15 years ago by The Triad. Billie is eventually reunited with her sister, but does not know that she has been turned evil under the influence of demons. After Christy briefly sways her to betray the Charmed Ones, Billie eventually sides with them in the series finale and is forced to kill her sister in self-defense. Executive producer Brad Kern stated Kaley's character was initially brought in as a possible spin-off.

In September 2007, Cuoco began a starring role in the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory. She plays Penny, an aspiring actress and employee at The Cheesecake Factory who lives across the hall from two nerdy scientists, Sheldon Cooper and Leonard Hofstadter. 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 dancer 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 then-ubiquitous song "Call Me Maybe". A video of the event was posted on YouTube and became a viral success.[3][13] A clip from the performance was also played during Cuoco's January 8, 2013 appearance on the late night talk show Conan.[14] As of August 2013, Cuoco and her costars Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki, each earn $325,000 an episode.[15]

Cuoco starred in the Lifetime film To Be Fat Like Me, which premiered on January 8, 2007.[16] 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. Cuoco was named number 77 on FHM-Us's 100 Sexiest Women in 2005, number 21 in 2008,[17] and number 6 in 2013. She was also named number 28 on Maxim's annual Hot 100 list in 2010, and number 13 in 2011. 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[21] and 2013.[22] Cuoco became a regular on priceline.com commercials as William Shatner's character's daughter.[23] She was the violet-suited genie in a series of Toyota RAV4 commercials, which included a commercial at Super Bowl XLVII.[24]

Personal life[edit]

While working on The Big Bang Theory, Cuoco dated co-star Johnny Galecki for two years. They kept their relationship private until after they broke up.[25][26] In October 2011, Cuoco announced her engagement to Josh Resnik, an addiction specialist, and former bassist for the band Danzig.[27] However, in March 2012, Cuoco stated that she and Resnik were no longer engaged.[28] Cuoco subsequently became engaged to professional tennis player Ryan Sweeting in September 2013, after three months of dating.[29]

Cuoco appeared backstage during the blind auditions of season 5 of the US vocal talent reality television show The Voice, offering moral support to her younger sister, Briana Cuoco.



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 Peterson
2013Authors AnonymousHannah Rinaldi
2014The Wedding RingerPaige


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
2000–2001Ladies 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"
2002–20058 Simple RulesBridget Hennessy
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
2004–2006Brandy and Mr. WhiskersBrandy HarringtonVoice
2005–2006BratzKirstee SmithVoice
2005–2006CharmedBillie Jenkins22 episodes
2005–2007Loonatics 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 TheoryPenny


1993NominatedYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actress in a Cable movieQuicksand: No Escape
2000NominatedYoungStar AwardsBest Young Actress/Performance in a Miniseries/Made-For-TV FilmGrowing Up Brady
2003NominatedYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama): Leading Young Actress8 Simple Rules
2003NominatedTeen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actress: Comedy8 Simple Rules
2003WonTeen Choice AwardsChoice TV Breakout Star: Female8 Simple Rules
2004NominatedTeen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actress: Comedy8 Simple Rules
2004NominatedYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Adult Performer in a Teenage Role8 Simple Rules
2006WonMethod FestBest Ensemble CastDebating Robert Lee
2009WonEntertainment Weekly AwardsBest Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesThe Big Bang Theory
2010NominatedTeen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actress: ComedyThe Big Bang Theory
2011NominatedTeen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actress: ComedyThe Big Bang Theory
2012NominatedPeople's Choice AwardsFavorite TV Comedy ActressThe Big Bang Theory
2012NominatedTeen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actress: ComedyThe Big Bang Theory
2012WonSatellite Awards 2012Best Actress in a Comedy Series[30]The Big Bang Theory
2013NominatedPeople's Choice AwardsFavorite TV Comedy ActressThe Big Bang Theory
2013WonCritics' Choice Television AwardBest Comedy Supporting ActressThe Big Bang Theory


  1. ^ a b "Kaley Cuoco". Ask Men. Retrieved June 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Kaley Cuoco | Movies and Biography – Yahoo!! Movies Canada". Yahoo!. Retrieved November 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Ratledge, Ingela (December 3, 2012) "Big Bang's Flash Mob Mentality". TV Guide. p. 6
  4. ^ a b Moynihan, Rob; Wagmeister, Elizabeth (October 14, 2013). "Kaley's Sis Gets the Spotlight". TV Guide. p. 9.
  5. ^ a b Takeda, Allison (September 24, 2013). "Kaley Cuoco's Sister Briana Cuoco Scores Audition for The Voice". Us Weekly. Retrieved September 27, 2013. 
  6. ^ Brad Shafran (July 28, 2010). "A Long Island Tennis Magazine Exclusive … A Sit-Down Chat With the Bryan Brothers". Long Island Tennis Magazine. Retrieved May 6, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Bryans Defeat Rivals To Tie All-Time Team Titles Record - Bryan Brothers Doubles Professional Tennis Champions". Bryanbros.com. May 18, 2010. Retrieved May 6, 2013. 
  8. ^ 14 Singles "Southern California Tennis Association 1998 Year End Junior Rankings". californiatennis.com. Archived from the original on June 24, 2012. Retrieved October 7, 2012.  No. 54 in Girls' 14 Singles.
  9. ^ 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" 
  10. ^ Entertainment Tonight. CBS. November 30, 2012.
  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. ^ "The Big Bang Theory Flash mob! [Full version compilation]". NommiXproductions. YouTube. November 16, 2012. Retrieved November 28, 2012.
  14. ^ "The Guy Who Drove a Hummer and Wasn't a Total A-Hole". Conan. Season 3. Episode 25. January 8, 2013. TBS.
  15. ^ Battaglio, Stephen; Schneider, Michael (August 26, 2013). "What They Earn". TV Guide. pp. 16 - 20.
  16. ^ "Movies — To Be Fat Like Me". lifetimetv.com. Retrieved March 18, 2007. 
  17. ^ Kaley Cuoco. "FHM-US's 100 Sexiest Women 2005 (Chatham Journal)". Ca.askmen.com. Retrieved May 7, 2010. 
  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". Retrieved April 26, 2013. 
  24. ^ Cassie Carpenter (February 4, 2013). "Kaley Cuoco is a violet-suited genie in Toyota's wish-granting Super Bowl spot | Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved May 6, 2013. 
  25. ^ Thomson, Katherine. "Kaley Cuoco & Johnny Galecki Dated: 'Big Bang' Costars Together Two YEARS". Huffington Post. Retrieved March 3, 2012. 
  26. ^ "Kaley Cuoco Secretly Dated Big Bang Theory Costar for 2 Years". US Weekly. Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  27. ^ "Kaley Cuoco Engaged to Josh Resnik". People. Retrieved October 25, 2011. 
  28. ^ Weiner, David (March 2, 2012). "ET Exclusive: Kaley Cuoco No Longer Engaged". ET Online. Retrieved March 2, 2012. 
  29. ^ Ravitz, Justin (September 26, 2013). "Kaley Cuoco Engaged to Ryan Sweeting After Three Months of Dating!". Us Weekly. Retrieved September 26, 2013. 
  30. ^ 'Silver Linings Playbook' Wins Five Satellite Awards, Including Best Picture, Kilday, Gregg The Hollywood Reporter December 16, 2012.

External links[edit]

Media offices
Preceded by
Queen Latifah
People's Choice Awards host
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Katy Perry
Teen Choice Awards host
Succeeded by
Demi Lovato & Kevin McHale