Miranda Taylor Cosgrove
May 14, 1993
|Alma mater||University of Southern California|
Miranda Taylor Cosgrove (born May 14, 1993) is an American actress, singer, and producer. The highest-paid child actor in 2012, she was included on Forbes magazine's "30 Under 30" list in 2022. She is known for her career on television, particularly for her work in comedy drama productions, commercials, and hosting.
Cosgrove began her career at the age of seven, making several appearances in television commercials. Thereafter, she made her acting debut in Richard Linklater's cult-comedy film School of Rock (2003) as Summer Hathaway, which is her breakthrough role. She went on to play a number of minor television roles before starring as Megan Parker on the sitcom Drake & Josh (2004–2007), which established her as a child actress and introduced her to a wider audience.
Cosgrove rose to prominence starring as Carly Shay in the teen sitcom iCarly (2007–2012), for which she earned several accolades, such as two Young Artist Awards and four Kids' Choice Awards. She made her musical debut in 2008 with the titular soundtrack album for the series in which she performs four songs. In 2009, she made her professional foray into music with the release of her debut extended play, About You Now. Her debut studio album, Sparks Fly, was released in April 2010, and her second extended play, High Maintenance, was released the following year. The EP's lead single, "Dancing Crazy", written by Avril Lavigne, debuted at No. 40 on the US Billboard Adult Top 40 and peaked at No. 100 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Cosgrove has voiced Margo in the animated film series Despicable Me (2010–present), which is the highest-grossing animated film franchise and the 15th highest-grossing film franchise of all time. She has starred in the Canadian horror film The Intruders (2015) as Rose Halshford, the science fiction film 3022 (2019) as Lisa Brown, and the independent drama film North Hollywood (2021) as Rachel. She hosts the CBS television show Mission Unstoppable with Miranda Cosgrove (2019–present), which earned her an Emmy nomination. She reprises the role of Carly Shay on the iCarly revival series of the same name (2021–present), which similar to its predecessor has received acclaim.
Cosgrove was born on May 14, 1993, in Los Angeles, California, to Tom Cosgrove, who owns a dry-cleaning business, and Chris (née Casey), a homemaker. She has stated that she is of Irish, English, and French descent. Cosgrove is an only child and was homeschooled from sixth grade onwards. She struggled with body image insecurities during her childhood. Prior to becoming an actress, Cosgrove wanted to be a veterinarian.
1996–2003: Early years and breakthrough
At the age of three, she was discovered by a talent agent while singing and dancing at the Los Angeles restaurant Taste of L.A. Cosgrove says that when the agent approached her and her mother, she had "never really thought of being an actress" and "was lucky". She then appeared in numerous television commercials for McDonald's and Mello Yello, and also modeled for various brands. At the age of seven, she began auditioning for theater and television roles. Her first television appearance was in 2001 when she provided the voice of young Lana Lang in the pilot episode of Smallville.
Cosgrove made her film debut in 2003's School of Rock, directed by Richard Linklater. 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 her new music teacher (Jack Black). School of Rock was both a box office hit, grossing over $130 million worldwide, and a critical success, receiving a score of 91% on Rotten Tomatoes. Cosgrove's acting in the film received praise, with David Ansen of Newsweek describing it as "spot on". She cited the scene in which her character tries to sing as particularly difficult: "[I'd] 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."
2004–2009: Rise to prominence
In 2004, Cosgrove landed her first major role in a television series when she was cast 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. In 2005, Cosgrove was awarded the role of Munch in the Cartoon Network 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 who goes on to join them on their adventure. Cosgrove also guest-starred on two episodes of the animated comedy, Lilo & Stitch: The Series. She also received her second major role in a theatrical film when she cast alongside her Drake & Josh co-star Drake Bell in the comedy film Yours, Mine & Ours. The film performed mildly at the box office. Yours, Mine & Ours opened in third place, earning $17 million at the U.S. box office during its first weekend. Cosgrove's third theatrical release, Keeping Up with the Steins, was released in 2006. It received generally negative reviews from critics and performed poorly at the box office. She also earned a role in the straight-to-DVD film The Wild Stallion.
Cosgrove made guest appearances in a number of Nickelodeon series, the first of which was 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." The Drake & Josh final episode was aired on September 16, 2007. By the summer of 2008, iCarly 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.
Cosgrove's debut as a recording artist began with the iCarly theme song "Leave It All to Me", featuring Drake Bell and released as a single on December 2, 2007. She has cited The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, and Aerosmith among her musical influences, which she credits her mother for. In June 2008, Columbia Records released the iCarly soundtrack, which featured four songs performed by Cosgrove and debuted at number one on the Billboard Kid Albums chart. One of the tracks from the album, "About You Now", reached number 47 on the Hot 100. In December 2008, a cover of the holiday song "Christmas Wrapping" was released to promote the hour-long special Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh. On February 3, 2009, Cosgrove released her first solo recording, the extended play About You Now with five songs. To promote the 2009 animated film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Columbia Records released a promotional single entitled "Raining Sunshine" with an accompanying music video in August 2009. Cosgrove became one of MTV's Female Pop Rookies of 2009.
2010–2015: Professional expansion
On March 17, 2010, it was reported that Cosgrove signed a deal, reportedly in the "low- to mid-seven-figure range" to do 26 additional episodes of iCarly. Also in 2010, Cosgrove voiced Margo in Universal Studios' 3-D computer animated feature Despicable Me, released in July 2010. In 2010, Cosgrove worked with songwriters The Matrix, Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Leah Haywood, and Daniel James for her debut studio album. She said that "most of the songs are fun, pop, rock-girl empowerment". The first single from her album, "Kissin U", was premiered on Ryan Seacrest's radio show on March 12, 2010. The album, titled Sparks Fly, was released in April 2010, and peaked at number 8 on the US Billboard 200 chart. In January 2011, Cosgrove revealed that her new EP would be titled High Maintenance, 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. With three weeks of airplay, the song debuted at number 40 on the US Billboard Adult Pop Songs.
On January 24, 2011, she released her debut tour, Dancing Crazy Tour, visiting North America in support of her first studio album Sparks Fly. The tour began in Missouri, traveled throughout the United States, and ended in Ohio. Cosgrove continued the tour into the summer to promote her second EP, High Maintenance. 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 May 17, 2012, it was announced that the show's sixth season would be the last for iCarly. The series finale, "iGoodbye", aired on November 23, 2012. On January 24, 2012, Cosgrove released her second iCarly's soundtrack, iCarly: iSoundtrack II, produced by Dr. Luke. Following the filming of iCarly's finale in June 2012, Cosgrove embarked on a continuation of the Dancing Crazy Tour, titled the Summer Tour, in July and August 2012.
On February 15, 2013, it was announced that Cosgrove would star in Girlfriend in a Coma, a television series written by Liz Brixius for NBC and adapted from the novel of the same title by Douglas Coupland. Cosgrove was scheduled to play Evie, the daughter of Karen, who wakes up after a nearly 20-year-long coma and finds out she has a daughter; On March 19, 2013, it was announced that Christina Ricci left the cast and the project had several problems. The project was later cancelled. Cosgrove again voiced Margo in Despicable Me 2, released on June 5. In 2013, she appeared in the animated 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. In 2014, Cosgrove performed voice work in the animated film A Mouse Tale, which was released on February 10, 2015. Cosgrove also starred in the horror film The Intruders with Austin Butler, portraying the role of Rose.
2016–present: Current work
In May 2015, Cosgrove was cast in the NBC comedy Crowded, which was cancelled after one season In 2017, Cosgrove reprised her role as Margo once again in Despicable Me 3, which was released on June 14, 2017. In 2019, Cosgrove appeared in the limited budget Netflix film 3022. Since 2019, she has been the host Mission Unstoppable, a show which airs on CBS and earned the actress a Daytime Emmy Award nomination in 2020. Cosgrove reprises her role as Carly Shay in an iCarly revival, which premiered on Paramount+ in June 2021, and its second season will premiere in April 2022. She additionally serves as an executive producer for the series, on which Cosgrove stated "I knew from a really young age how the executive producer of the show pretty much got to decide almost every aspect, now I get to have a say in everything." Alike to its predecessor, the revival has earned acclaim. Cosgrove hosted the 2022 Kids' Choice Awards alongside Rob Gronkowski on April 9, 2022, where she won the award for Favorite Female TV Star, marking her second win from the Kids' Choice Awards. She was also included on Forbes magazine's "30 Under 30" list in 2022.
Cosgrove is an active supporter of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. She also visits other children's hospitals and considers Education Through Music one of her favorite charities. She is a national spokesperson for Light the Night Walk, an organization that creates awareness for blood cancer.
|2003||School of Rock||Summer Hathaway|
|2005||Yours, Mine & Ours||Joni North|
|2006||Greatest Ever Comedy Movies||Herself||Documentary|
|Khan Kluay||Kon Suay||Voice role|
|Keeping Up with the Steins||Karen Sussman|
|2009||The Wild Stallion||Hannah Mills|
|2010||Despicable Me||Margo||Voice role|
|Despicable Me: Home Makeover||Voice role; short film|
|2011||Our Deal||Night Creepers||Short film|
|2013||Despicable Me 2||Margo||Voice role|
|Despicable Me: Training Wheels||Voice role; short film|
|2015||A Mouse Tale||Samantha||Voice role|
|The Intruders||Rose Halshford|
|2017||Despicable Me 3||Margo||Voice role|
|2019||Despicable Me: Minion Scouts||Voice role; short film|
|2024||Despicable Me 4||Margo||Voice role|
|2004||Grounded for Life||Jessica||Episode: "You Better You Bet"|
|What's New, Scooby-Doo?||Miranda Wright||Episode: "A Terrifying Round with a Menacing Metallic Clown"; voice role|
|2004–2007||Drake & Josh||Megan Parker||Main role|
|2005||Lilo & Stitch: The Series||Sarah||Episode: "Morpholomew: Experiment"; voice role|
|All That||Herself||Episode: "10th Anniversary Reunion Special"|
|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||Episode: "Paige at PCA"|
|Just Jordan||Lindsey Chandler||Episode: "Piano Stressin"|
|Unfabulous||Cosmina||Episode: "The Talent Show"|
|2007–2012||iCarly||Carly Shay||Main role|
|2008||The Naked Brothers Band||Miranda||Episode: "Mystery Girl: Part Two"|
|Mystery Girl||Herself||Television film|
|Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh||Megan Parker|
|2010||7 Secrets with Miranda Cosgrove||Herself||Television documentary|
|The Good Wife||Sloan Burchfield||Episode: "Bad Girls"|
|Big Time Christmas||Herself||Television film|
|2016||Crowded||Shea Moore||Main role|
|2017||Spaced Out||Casey||Unsold television pilot|
|2018||History of Them||Narrator|
|2020||The Goldbergs||Elana Reid||Episode: "Preventa Mode"|
|Minions Holiday Special||Narrator (voice)||Television special|
|2021–present||iCarly||Carly Shay||Main role; Executive Producer|
|2007||Drake & Josh||Megan Parker||Character design|
|Drake & Josh: Talent Showdown|
|2009||iCarly||Carly Shay||Voice role|
|2010||iCarly 2: iJoin the Click!|
- Sparks Fly (2010)
- Dancing Crazy Tour (2011)
- Summer Tour (2012)
Awards and nominations
Cosgrove has won two Young Artist Awards and two Kids' Choice Awards, as well as receiving a number of nominations from both. She has won various awards in recognition for her public image. In the 2012 edition of the Guinness World Records, Cosgrove was listed as the highest paid child actress, for her work on iCarly. In 2020, she received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for her work on Mission Unstoppable with Miranda Cosgrove.
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