Miranda Cosgrove

Miranda Cosgrove

Cosgrove at the Despicable Me 2 red carpet premiere, in 2013.
Born Miranda Taylor Cosgrove
(1993-05-14) May 14, 1993
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Residence Mill Valley, California, United States
Education University of Southern California[1]
  • Actress
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active 2001–present

Musical career

Labels Columbia
Associated acts Drake Bell

Miranda Taylor Cosgrove (born May 14, 1993[3][4]) is an American actress, singer and songwriter. Her career began at the age of 3 with several television commercial appearances. Cosgrove's film debut came in 2003, when she appeared as Summer Hathaway in School of Rock. She appeared in a number of minor television roles over several years before coming to prominence as Megan Parker on the Nickelodeon television series Drake & Josh. In 2007, she landed the role of Carly Shay, the lead character on the Nickelodeon teen sitcom iCarly, on which she starred until 2012. As of May 2010, Cosgrove earned $180,000 per episode of iCarly, making her the second-highest-paid child star on television, and in 2012 was listed in the Guinness World Records as the highest paid child actress.[5][6] Cosgrove also voiced Margo in the animated film Despicable Me (2010) and its 2013 sequel. That year, Cosgrove was cast in an NBC television pilot titled Girlfriend in a Coma, which didn't materialize after Christina Ricci left the production. In 2016, she starred on the short-lived NBC sitcom Crowded.[7]

In music, Cosgrove debuted with iCarly (2008), a soundtrack album for the series in which she performs four songs. In 2009, she released her debut extended play, About You Now.[8] Cosgrove's debut studio album, Sparks Fly, was released in April 2010, followed by her second extended play, High Maintenance, the following year. The EP's lead single, "Dancing Crazy", written by Avril Lavigne, debuted at debuted at number 40 on the US Billboard Adult Pop Songs and peaked at number 100 on the Billboard Hot 100.[9] In 2013, Cosgrove released a cover of Cat Stevens' single "First Cut is the Deepest" on her official YouTube channel.[10]

Early life

Cosgrove was born in Los Angeles, California, to Tom, who owns a dry-cleaning business,[11] and Chris (née Casey), a homemaker.[11] She has stated that she is of English, Irish, and French descent.[12] At the age of three, she was discovered by a talent agent[11] while singing and dancing at the Los Angeles restaurant Taste of L.A.[13] Cosgrove stated that when the agent approached her and her mother for modeling, she had "never really thought of being an actress" and "was lucky".[14] After choosing to take the offer, she appeared in television commercials for McDonald's[15] and Mello Yello,[15] and also modeled.[16] At the age of seven, she decided that she "loved doing it" and auditioned for theater and television roles.[14]


2001–06: Breakthrough with Drake & Josh

Cosgrove's first television appearance (aside from commercials) was in 2001 as the voice of 5-year-old Lana Lang in the pilot episode of Smallville. Cosgrove then made her film debut with the 2003 film School of Rock. In the movie, she played Summer Hathaway, a young girl with great ambition and discipline who finds herself adjusting to the free-spirited nature of the new teacher by becoming band manager of the classroom's rock band. School of Rock was both a box office hit, grossing over $131,282,949 worldwide,[17] and critical success, receiving a 91 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.[18] Cosgrove's acting on the film was praised, with David Ansen of Newsweek describing it as "spot on".[19] She said of the experience of working with Jack Black: "The first week it was like, 'Oh, my God, that's Jack Black,' but two weeks later it was fine. He's really funny. Sometimes the director would say, 'Jack, you can't make them laugh so much.'"[20] She cited the scene of trying to sing badly as very difficult. Cosgrove stated that "I got a 45-minute lesson from Jim O'Rourke of Sonic Youth on how to sing badly. I've been taking singing lessons for about five years, so getting to sing badly was new. The director kept saying, 'Try to sing even worse, Miranda,' so it was weird."[15]

In 2004 Cosgrove soon landed her first major role in a television series when she was awarded a main role in the Nickelodeon series Drake & Josh, alongside Drake Bell and Josh Peck. In the series, she portrayed Megan Parker, the mischievous younger sister of the title characters. Also in 2004, Cosgrove guest-starred in a special episode of the animated series What's New, Scooby-Doo?, as well as guest-starring in a season five episode of Grounded For Life, portraying the character of Jessica.[21] In 2005, Cosgrove was awarded the role of 'Munch' in the Disney Channel film Here Comes Peter Cottontail: The Movie. In the film, Cosgrove portrays a female mouse who is rescued from a hawk by Junior and Flutter, and subsequently comes along for the adventure that the characters must take.[22] Cosgrove also guest-starred on two episodes of the animated comedy, Lilo & Stitch: The Series. The television series, which aired on Disney, is a spin-off of the original film, Lilo & Stitch. Cosgrove was also rewarded her second major role in a theatrical film, when she cast alongside Drake & Josh co-star Drake Bell in the comedy film Yours, Mine and Ours, in which she portrayed the character Joni;[23][24] the film performed mildly at the box office. Yours, Mine and Ours opened at number three, with an opening weekend of $17,461,108 in the US.[25] Cosgrove later starred in her third theatrical release, Keeping Up with the Steins, which was released to generally negative reviews from critics. The film was also a failure at the box office.[26][27][28]

2007–12: iCarly and music

Cosgrove at the 2010 MuchMusic Video Awards.

She also earned a role in the straight-to-DVD film The Wild Stallion and appearing in several Nickelodeon television series. The first of these appearances was in Zoey 101. Cosgrove later guest starred on an episode of Unfabulous, which starred Emma Roberts. In the episode, Cosgrove guest starred as a sweet girl named Cosmina. However, Cosgrove was already in the works of starring in her own sitcom, titled iCarly, released on September 8, 2007. Schneider tailored iCarly around the interest young people have in the internet. A unique part of this show is the fact that viewers may submit their own videos and also be included in the show. Cosgrove said of the audience participation aspect, "When I first heard about the idea, I thought it was so cool. If I were home and watching TV, I'd want to send in a video."[29] By the summer of 2008, the show was the third highest rated in the 9–14 demographic. The "iCarly Saves TV" special extended episode, became the most-viewed entertainment show on cable TV in June 2008.[15] The Drake & Josh final episode was aired on September 16, 2007. Cosgrove's debut as a recording artist began with the iCarly theme song "Leave It All to Me",.[30] features Drake Bell and released as a single on December 2, 2007.[31] In June 2008, Columbia Records released the iCarly soundtrack, which featured four songs performed by Cosgrove, that debuted at number one on the Billboard Kid Albums chart.[32][33] The following single "Stay My Baby" failed to reach the charts, but the third release, "About You Now", reached number 47 on the Hot 100.[34]

In December 2008, a cover of the holiday song "Christmas Wrapping" was released to promote the hour-long special Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh.[35] On February 3, 2009, Cosgrove released her first solo recording, the extended play About You Now with five songs.[36] To promote the 2009 animated film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Columbia Records released a single entitled "Raining Sunshine" with an accompanying music video in August 2009.[37][38] Cosgrove became one of MTV's Female Pop Rookies of 2009.[39] In 2010 Cosgrove worked with songwriters The Matrix, Dr. Luke, Max Martin,[38] Leah Haywood, and Daniel James, for his debut studio album. She said that "most of the songs are fun, pop, rock-girl empowerment".[38] The first single from her album, "Kissin' U", was premiered on Ryan Seacrest's radio show on March 12, 2010.[40] The album, titled Sparks Fly, was released in April 2010,[41] and peaked at number 8 on the US Billboard 200 chart. She signed with skin care and cosmetics company Neutrogena on February 12, 2010, as an ambassador.[42] On March 17, 2010, it was reported that Cosgrove had signed a deal, reportedly in the "low- to mid-seven-figure range" to do 26 additional episodes of iCarly.[43] Also in 2010 Cosgrove voiced Margo in Universal Studios' 3-D computer animated feature Despicable Me, released in July 2010.

In January 2011, Cosgrove revealed that her new EP would be titled High Maintenance,[9] and also released the first single from the same. The song, titled "Dancing Crazy", was written by Max Martin, Shellback, and Avril Lavigne, and produced by Martin and Shellback.[44] With three weeks of airplay, the song debuted at number 40 on the US Billboard Adult Pop Songs.[9] On January 24, 2011 she released her debut tour, Dancing Crazy Tour, visiting North America, the trek will support her first studio album, Sparks Fly. The tour began in Missouri and travel throughout the United States and ended in Ohio. Cosgrove continued the tour into the summer to promote her second EP, High Maintenance.[45] On July 15, 2011 the tour continued with a new title, Dancing Crazy Summer Tour, traveled the United States and Canada and performed at music festivals and state fairs. On August 11, 2011, Cosgrove broke her ankle in a tour bus accident on Interstate 70 near Vandalia, Illinois, resulting in the cancellation of her U.S. tour dates.[46][47] On January 24, 2012 Cosgrove released her second iCarly's soundtrack, iSoundtrack II, produced by Dr. Luke.[48] On May 17, 2012, it was announced that the show's seventh season was the last for iCarly.[49] The series finale, "iGoodbye", aired on November 23, 2012.[50]

Cosgrove at the Despicable Me 2 premiere, in 2013.

2013–present: Focus on acting

On February 15, 2013, it was announced that Cosgrove would be starring in Girlfriend in a Coma, a television series written by Liz Brixius for NBC, an adaption of Canadian novel with the same name. Cosgrove was scheduled to play as Evie, the daughter of the mother Karen, who wakes up after a nearly twenty-year-long coma and finds out she has a daughter;[51] On March 19, 2013, it was announced that Christina Ricci left the cast and the project had several problems.[52] After, the show was cancelled.[53] Cosgrove again voiced Margo in Despicable Me 2, released on June 5.[54] Also in 2013 she starring in the short films Training Wheels as Margo and Gru's Girls as Savana. In December she announced on the Today Show that she was recording a new album with Dr. Luke and should release her new single soon.[55][56] In 2014 Cosgrove performed voice work in the animated film A Mouse Tale, which was released on February 10, 2015.[57] In June of 2015 she cataloged seven new songs at Broadcast Music, Inc., but the project was cancelled.[58] Cosgrove also starring in the horror film The Intruders with Austin Butler, portrayed the role of Rose.[59]

In May 2015, Cosgrove was cast in the NBC comedy pilot Crowded, created by Suzanne Martin with executive producer Sean Hayes.[60][7] Cosgrove played Shea, an Astrophysics PhD graduate from MIT, who does not know what to do in post-college life, and so decides with her sister to move home to find out, driving her parents crazy.[61] The series debuted on March 15, 2016, but was cancelled after one season.

Personal life

Cosgrove is an only child and was homeschooled from sixth grade onwards.[1][62] In 2011, she was accepted at New York University and the University of Southern California (USC).[63] She ultimately started attending USC in fall of 2012, to be able to continue acting and to stay near her family.[64] She has cited her aspirations of majoring in theater or writing.[1][64][65] In a November 2012 interview with Larry King, she stated that she would be majoring in film.[66]


Cosgrove is an active supporter of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.[67] She also visits other children's hospitals and considers Education Through Music one of her favorite charities.[68] She is a national spokesperson for Light the Night Walk, an organization that creates awareness for blood cancer and leukemia.[69]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2003 School of Rock Summer Hathaway
2005 Yours, Mine and Ours Joni North
2006 Greatest Ever Comedy Movies Herself Documentary[70]
2006 Khan Kluay Kon Suay Voice role
2006 Keeping Up with the Steins Karen Sussman
2009 Wild Stallion, TheThe Wild Stallion Hannah Mills
2010 Despicable Me Margo Voice role
2010 Despicable Me: Home Makeover Margo Voice role; short film
2011 Our Deal Night Creepers Short film
2013 Despicable Me 2 Margo Voice role
2013 Despicable Me: Training Wheels Margo Voice role; short film
2013 Gru's Girls Margo Voice role; short film
2015 A Mouse Tale Samantha Voice role
2015 The Intruders Rose Halshford
2017 Despicable Me 3 Margo Voice role[71]
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Smallville Young Lana Lang "Pilot" (Season 1, Episode 1)
2004 Grounded for Life Jessica "You Better You Bet" (Season 5, Episode 5)
2004 What's New, Scooby-Doo? Miranda Wright Voice; "A Terrifying Round with a Menacing Metallic Clown" (Season 3, Episode 7)
2004–07 Drake & Josh Megan Parker Main role
2005 Lilo & Stitch: The Series Sarah Voice role; "Morpholomew: Experiment" (Season 2, Episode 14)
2005 All That Herself "10th Anniversary Reunion Special" (Season 10, Episode 1–2)
2005 Here Comes Peter Cottontail: The Movie Munch Voice role; television film
2006 Drake & Josh Go Hollywood Megan Parker Television film
2007 Zoey 101 Paige Howard "Paige at PCA" (Season 3, Episode 18)
2007 Just Jordan Lindsey Chandler "Piano Stressin" (Season 1, Episode 13)
2007 Unfabulous Cosmina "The Talent Show" (Season 3, Episode 1)
2007–12 iCarly Carly Shay Lead role
2008 Mystery Girl Herself Television film
2008 Merry Christmas Drake & Josh Megan Parker Television film
2010 7 Secrets with Miranda Cosgrove Herself Television documentary[72]
2010 The Good Wife Sloan Burchfield "Bad Girls" (Season 2, Episode 7)
2010 Big Time Christmas Herself Television film
2016 Hollywood Game Night Herself Celebrity guest (Season 4, Episode 3)
2016 Crowded Shea Moore Main role


Concert tours

Awards and nominations


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