Jennette McCurdy

Jennette McCurdy

McCurdy in 2012
Born Jennette Michelle Faye McCurdy
(1992-06-26) June 26, 1992
Long Beach, California, U.S.
Residence Studio City, California, U.S.[1]
  • Actress
  • screenwriter
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active 2000–present

Musical career

  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • keyboard[2]

Jennette Michelle Faye McCurdy[3] (born June 26, 1992) is an American actress, screenwriter, singer, songwriter and record producer.[4] She is best known for her role as Sam Puckett on the Nickelodeon sitcom iCarly and its spin-off series Sam & Cat. She has also appeared in a number of television series, including Victorious, Zoey 101, True Jackson VP, Malcolm in the Middle, and Lincoln Heights and has also produced, written and starred in her own online series titled What's Next for Sarah?. Since May 2015, she has starred in the Netflix / City series Between.

Early life

McCurdy was born in Long Beach, California, and grew up in Garden Grove, California.[5] She has three older brothers named Marcus, Scott, and Dustin. She is of Dutch, French, Irish, Italian, English and Swedish heritage.[3][6] McCurdy gained interest in acting upon watching Harrison Ford in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope after her mother recovered from breast cancer.[7]


2000–06: Career beginning

McCurdy started her acting career in 2000 at the age of eight on MADtv.[8] Since then she appeared in television series, including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Malcolm in the Middle, Lincoln Heights, Will & Grace, The Penguins of Madagascar, Zoey 101, True Jackson, VP, Law and Order SVU, Medium, Judging Amy, The Inside, Karen Sisco, Over There, and Close to Home. In 2003, she had the chance to act with her inspiration, Harrison Ford, in the film Hollywood Homicide. In 2005, she was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Television Series – Guest Starring Young Actress for her performance in Strong Medicine as Hailey Campos. She has also appeared in several commercials, such as one for Sprint and a public service announcement on crossing the road safely.

2007–12: iCarly and music

McCurdy at the 2010 Kids' Choice Awards.

In 2007, she won a starring role in the Nickelodeon TV series iCarly as Sam Puckett, a series she would be a part of until its end in 2012. In 2008, she was nominated for a Young Artist Award for her work on iCarly and her performance as Dory Sorenson in the TV movie The Last Day of Summer. She was nominated for a 2009 Teen Choice Award in the Favorite TV Sidekick category for her work on iCarly. She played Bertha in Fred: The Movie, a movie based on a YouTube series about Fred Figglehorn.

In June 2008, McCurdy announced on her official website that she was working on her debut album. The first single, "So Close", was released on March 10, 2009.[9] The second single, "Homeless Heart", was released on May 19.[10] The song was released in honor of McCurdy's recently deceased friend Cody Waters, who died at the age of nine from brain cancer, and 20% of the proceeds were donated to the Cody Waters Foundation.[11] She met Waters through St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. In mid-2009, McCurdy signed with country music label Capitol Records Nashville.[12] On April 16, 2010, samples of select songs from McCurdy's upcoming debut country album were released online. The song clips were released in order for fans to vote for which one they believed should be McCurdy's first single.[13] "Not That Far Away" received the most votes, and was released to country radio on May 24, 2010 and iTunes on June 1.

She released an EP on August 17, 2010, which included "Not That Far Away" and three new songs: "Stronger", "Put Your Arms Around Someone", and "Break Your Heart". The iTunes version included "Me with You" as a bonus track. "Stronger" was later included on Now That's What I Call Music! Vol. 35, released on August 31, 2010.[14] McCurdy's second single, "Generation Love", was released as a digital download on March 22, 2011,[15] followed by its release to radio April 25, 2011.[16] Capitol Nashville released McCurdy's self-named seven-track EP on February 8, 2012[17] at clothing retailer Justice.[18] The full-length, ten-track edition was released to iTunes on June 5, 2012 and is her first full-length album. On July 11, 2012, Fanlala released an interview with McCurdy in which she confirmed that she has since left Capitol Records Nashville, saying, "I'm kind of between projects right now. I actually just left Capitol Records recently. I'm really just deciding what else I want to do next. Right now I'm working on my new show, and I'm just figuring out where I should take my music from here."[19] On July 31, 2012, How to Rock released an interview with McCurdy, in which she talked about her acting and music careers.[20] A follow-up interview was released on August 8, in which McCurdy reflects on her music career.[21][22]

McCurdy at Australian Kids' Choice Awards 2011.

2013–present: Sam & Cat and Between

She starred alongside Ariana Grande in the Nickelodeon series Sam & Cat, reprising her role as Sam Puckett, with Grande reprising her role as Cat Valentine. The series' plot centers on the girls becoming roommates and starting their own babysitting business. It premiered on June 8, 2013. In 2014 McCurdy along with good friend and former co-star Miranda Cosgrove were absent from the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards. Explaining her absence, McCurdy stated that Nickelodeon put her in an "uncomfortable, compromising, unfair situation" where she had to look out for herself, and McCurdy and Grande were having problems with the network over their respective salaries, and that McCurdy accused Nickelodeon of paying Grande more money.[23] The network placed Sam & Cat into hiatus. The network initially stated that the hiatus was planned and that the series was not cancelled.[24] On July 13, 2014, Nickelodeon announced that, after only one season, Sam & Cat was cancelled.[25] For months in between, rumors of a feud between Grande and McCurdy ran high, but these were later proven to be false.[26][27] In an interview on Entertainment Pop, McCurdy mentioned that she later made up with Grande.[27][28]

On August 13, 2014, McCurdy launched the online show What's Next for Sarah?. She served as the star of the series as well as the writer of the show, along with duties as executive producer and editor. She says that the show is based loosely on her life and that the character she plays, Sarah Bronson, is based on her.[29][30][31][32]

In 2015, she began starring in the thriller drama series Between, being produced by City Canada and Netflix.[33] She also stars in teen comedy film Little Bitches along with Virginia Gardner and Kiersey Clemons.[34]

In August 2016, McCurdy signed a deal to develop projects with digital production company Canvas Media Studios to further utilize her social media connections with fans.[35]


In 2011 McCurdy began writing articles in the Wall Street Journal. She has written a total of eight articles for the paper, on various topics ranging from Shirley Temple[36] to body shaming and the corporate culture of smoke and mirrors.[37] She is a columnist for Seventeen magazine.[38][39] She has also written for The Huffington Post.[40]

Personal life

McCurdy composed an article titled "Off-Camera, My Mom's Fight With Cancer", that was published in the Wall Street Journal on June 11, 2011. It describes in detail her mother Debra's ongoing battle with cancer and how her family coped with the situation. The article also features advice from McCurdy on living with such a situation.[41] On September 20, 2013, her mother died after battling cancer for 17 years.[42]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Shadow Fury Anna Markov
2002 My Daughter's Tears Mary Fields
2003 Hollywood Homicide Van Family Daughter
2003 Taylor Simmons Amanda Simmons
2004 Breaking Dawn Little Girl
2005 See Anthony Run Lucy Short film
2009 Minor Details Mia
2011 The Death and Return of Superman Eradicator Folks Short film
2013 Snowflake, the White Gorilla Petunia Voice
2014 Almost Heroes 3D Sue Voice[43]
2016 Pet Claire Post-production[44]
2016 Little Bitches Annie Post-production
Television and web roles
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Mad TV Cassidy Gifford Episode 6.1
2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Jackie Trent Episode: "Cats in the Cradle"
2004 Karen Sisco Josie Boyle Episode: "No One's Girl"
2004 Strong Medicine Hailey Campos Episode: "Selective Breeding"
2004 Tiger Cruise Kiley Dolan Television film
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Holly Purcell Episode: "Contagious"
2005 Medium Sara Crewson Episode: "Coded"
2003 Malcolm in the Middle Daisy Episode: "If Boys Were Girls"
2005 Judging Amy Amber Reid "My Name is Amy Gray" (Season 6, Episode 22)
2005 Malcolm in the Middle Penelope Episode: "Buseys Take a Hostage"
2005 The Inside Madison St. Clair "Everything Nice"
2005 Over There Lynne "Situation Normal"
2005 Zoey 101 Trisha Kirby "Bad Girl"
2005 Robot Chicken Voice "Joel Hurwitz"
2006 Will & Grace Lisa "Von Trapped"
2006 Close to Home Stacy Johnson "Escape"
2006 Against Type Meredith Television film
2007 The Last Day of Summer Dory Sorenson Television film
2007 Lincoln Heights Beckie Recurring role (season 1)
2007–12 iCarly Sam Puckett Main role
2009 Fred: The Movie Bertha Television movie
2009–10 True Jackson, VP Pinky Turzo Episodes: "Amanda Hires a Pink", "True Drama"
2010 The Cleveland Show Girl #1 Voice; episode: "Little Man on Campus"
2010 Glenn Martin, DDS Mazy Voice; episode: "Courtney's Pony"
2010; 2015 The Penguins of Madagascar Becky Voice; episodes: "Badger Pride", "Tunnel of Love"
2011 Cupcake Wars Herself / Guest judge Episode: "Jennette McCurdy Country Cupcakes" (Season 3, Episode 13)
2011 Big Time Rush Training Fan Episode: "Big Time Concert"
2011 Best Player Christina "Prodigy" Saunders Television film
2011; 2012 Victorious Sam Puckett
Ponnie / Linda / Fawn Liebowitz
Crossover: "iParty with Victorious"
Episode: "Crazy Ponnie"
2012 Bucket & Skinner's Epic Adventures Devon Episode: "Epic Break-Up"
2012 Camp Orange Host Season 8
2013 Ben and Kate Bethany Episode: "Gone Fishin'"
2013 Swindle Savannah Westcott Television film
2013–14 Sam & Cat Sam Puckett Lead role
2014 What's Next for Sarah? Sarah Bronson Web series; lead role; also writer, creator, and executive producer[31]
2014 The Birthday Boys Kendra Taylor Episode: "Love Date Hump"
2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Allie Dawson Episode: "Simon Helberg Wears a Sky Blue Button Down and Jeans"
2015–present Between Wiley Day Lead role[45][46]
2016 The Eric Andre Show Herself Episode: "Jack Black; Jennette McCurdy"


Studio albums

List of albums
Title Album details
Jennette McCurdy

Extended plays

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Details Peak chart


Not That Far Away
  • Release date: August 17, 2010
  • Formats: Digital download
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
32 3
Jennette McCurdy
  • Release date: February 8, 2012
  • Formats: Digital download
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart


"So Close"[52] 2009 Non-album single
"Homeless Heart"[53]
"Not That Far Away" 2010 58 58 Not That Far Away
"Generation Love" 2011 44 44 Jennette McCurdy
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Music videos

List of music videos, showing year released and director
Title Year Director
"Not That Far Away" 2010 Roman White[54][55]
"Generation Love" 2011

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
2005 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Television Series – Guest Starring Young Actress Strong Medicine Nominated [56]
2008 Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special – Supporting Young Actress The Last Day of Summer [57]
Best Performance in a TV Series – Supporting Young Actress iCarly [57]
2009 Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Supporting Young Actress [58]
Outstanding Young Ensemble in a TV Series [58]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Sidekick [59][60]
2010 Young Artist Awards Outstanding Young Performers in a TV Series [61]
Australian Kids' Choice Awards LOL Award (shared with cast) Won [62]
2011 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Sidekick [63]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Female Scene Stealer Nominated [64][65]
Choice Music: Female Country Artist Jennette McCurdy [64][65]
Australian Kids' Choice Awards LOL Award iCarly Won [66]
Meus Prêmios Nick Brazil Funniest Character [67]
2012 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Sidekick [68]
2013 Australian Kids' Choice Awards Aussie's Fave Nick Star Jennette McCurdy Nominated [69]
2014 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actress Sam & Cat [70]


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