Kaley Cuoco

Kaley Cuoco

Cuoco at PaleyFest 2013 for The Big Bang Theory
Born Kaley Christine Cuoco
(1985-11-30) November 30, 1985
Camarillo, California, United States
Other names Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting
Occupation Actress
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Ryan Sweeting (m. 2013; div. 2016)

Kaley Christine Cuoco (/ˈkl ˈkwk/ KAY-lee KWOH-koh; born November 30, 1985[1]) is an American actress. She is known for playing Bridget Hennessy in the ABC sitcom 8 Simple Rules (2002–2005), Billie Jenkins in the final season of the supernatural drama series Charmed (2005–2006), and Penny in the CBS comedy series The Big Bang Theory (2007–present) for which she won a Satellite Award in 2012, 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.[2]

Early life

Cuoco was born in Camarillo, California, the elder daughter of Layne Ann (Wingate), a homemaker, and Gary Carmine Cuoco, a realtor.[3] Her father is of Italian descent while her mother is of English and German ancestry.[4] Her sister, Briana, competed on the fifth season of The Voice. As a child, Cuoco was a regionally ranked amateur tennis player,[5] a sport she took up when she was 3 years old. She stopped playing at the age of 16.[6]


Cuoco made her first feature film appearance as the young Karin Carter in the 1995 action thriller Virtuosity.[7] 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 six years younger than Amy Davidson, who played her younger sister. Because of low ratings, ABC canceled 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,[8] 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.[9] On September 13, 2010, she broke her leg in a horse-riding accident and missed two episodes of the series.[10] 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 syncing 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.[11][12] A clip from the performance was also played during Cuoco's January 8, 2013 appearance on the late night talk show Conan.[13] As of 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.[14]

Cuoco starred in the Lifetime film To Be Fat Like Me, which premiered on January 8, 2007.[15] 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.[16] That same year, she appeared in the films Hop and The Last Ride.[17] She was also chosen to host the Teen Choice Awards in 2011,[18] as well as the People's Choice Awards in 2012 and 2013.[19][20] Cuoco is a regular on Priceline.com commercials as the daughter of William Shatner's character.[21]

Personal life

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.[22] She became engaged to addiction specialist Josh Resnik in October 2011, but they ended their engagement by March 2012.[23] 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.[24] On September 25, 2015, it was announced that the two decided to divorce.[25] The divorce was finalized in May 2016.[26]



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Quicksand: No Escape Connie Reinhardt
1995 Virtuosity Karin Carter
1997 Picture Perfect Little girl
1997 Toothless Lori
1998 Mr. Murder Charlotte Stillwater
2000 Alley Cats Strike Elisa Bowers
2000 Growing Up Brady Maureen McCormick
2000 Can't Be Heaven Teresa Powers
2003 Merry Mickey Celebration, AA Merry Mickey Celebration Herself
2004 Debating Robert Lee Maralee Rodgers
2004 Crimes of Fashion Brooke Sarto
2004 Hollow, TheThe Hollow Karen
2005 Lucky 13 Sarah Baker
2006 Separated at Worth Gabby
2006 Wasted Katie Cooning
2006 Bratz: Passion 4 Fashion Diamondz Kirstee Smith Voice
2007 To Be Fat like Me Alyson Schmidt
2007 Cougar Club Amanda
2008 Killer Movie Blanca Champion
2010 Penthouse, TheThe Penthouse Erica Roc
2011 Hop Samantha O'Hare
2011 Last Ride, TheThe Last Ride Wanda
2014 Authors Anonymous Hannah Rinaldi
2015 The Wedding Ringer Gretchen Palmer
2015 Burning Bodhi Katy
2015 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip Eleanor Voice


Year Title Role Notes
1994 My So-Called Life Young Angela Chase Episode: "Father Figures"
1994 Northern Exposure Miranda Episode: "Hello, I Love You"
1996 Ellen Little Ellen Morgan Episode: "The Bubble Gum Incident"
2000 Homewood PI Lauren Crane Episode: "Pilot"
2000 Don't Forget Your Toothbrush Ashley
2000–01 Ladies Man Bonnie Stiles 8 episodes
2001 7th Heaven Lynn Episode: "Relationships"
2002 First Monday Alyssa Episode: "Pilot"
2002 Ellen Show, TheThe Ellen Show Vanessa Episode: "Shallow Gal"
2002 Nightmare Room, TheThe Nightmare Room Kristin Ferris Episode: "My Name is Evil"
2002–05 8 Simple Rules Bridget Hennessy 76 episodes
2004 The Help Carly Michaels Episode: "Pilot"
2004 Complete Savages Erin Episode: "For Whom the Cell Tolls"
2004 Punk'd Herself Season 3, Episode 3
2004 10.5 Amanda Williams TV miniseries
2004–06 Brandy and Mr. Whiskers Brandy Harrington Voice
2005–06 Bratz Kirstee Smith Voice
2005–06 Charmed Billie Jenkins 22 episodes
2005–07 Loonatics Unleashed Paula Hayes / Weather Vane 3 episodes
2006 Secrets of a Small Town Misty Anders Episode: "Pilot"
2007 Prison Break Sasha Murray Episodes: "The Message" and "Chicago"
2007–present Big Bang Theory, TheThe Big Bang Theory Penny All episodes except "The Desperation Emanation" and "The Irish Pub Formulation"
2012 Peterson: Untouchable, DrewDrew Peterson: Untouchable Stacy Peterson TV movie
2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! Herself Episode: "Kaley Cuoco Wears a Black Blazer and Slip on Sneakers"

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
1993 Young Artist Award Best Young Actress in a Cable Movie Quicksand: No Escape Nominated
2000 YoungStar Award Best Young Actress in a Mini-Series/Made for TV Film Growing Up Brady Nominated
2003 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actress 8 Simple Rules Nominated
2003 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Comedy 8 Simple Rules Nominated
2003 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Breakout Star: Female 8 Simple Rules Won
2004 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Comedy 8 Simple Rules Nominated
2004 Young Artist Awards Best Young Adult Performer in a Teenage Role 8 Simple Rules Nominated
2010 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Comedy The Big Bang Theory Nominated
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Comedy The Big Bang Theory Nominated
2012 People's Choice Awards Favorite TV Comedy Actress The Big Bang Theory Nominated
2012 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Comedy The Big Bang Theory Nominated
2012 Satellite Award Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy[27] The Big Bang Theory Won
2013 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Comedy The Big Bang Theory Nominated
2013 People's Choice Awards Favorite TV Comedy Actress The Big Bang Theory Nominated
2013 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (tied with Eden Sher) The Big Bang Theory Won
2014 People's Choice Awards Favorite TV Comedy Actress The Big Bang Theory Won
2014 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Funny Star The Big Bang Theory Nominated
2014 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series The Big Bang Theory Nominated
2015 People's Choice Awards Favorite Comedic TV Actress The Big Bang Theory Won
2015 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actress The Big Bang Theory Nominated
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Comedy The Big Bang Theory Nominated


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  5. "Southern California Tennis Association 1998 Year-End Junior Rankings – Girls'_14_Singles". californiatennis.com. Retrieved October 7, 2012. No. 54 in Girls' 14 Singles.
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