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Kaley Cuoco
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Cuoco in July 2017
Kaley Christine Cuoco

(1985-11-30) November 30, 1985 (age 34)
Other namesKaley Cuoco-Sweeting
  • Actress
  • producer
Years active1992–present
  • (m. 2013; div. 2016)
  • Karl Cook
    (m. 2018)

Kaley Christine Cuoco (/ˈkwk/ KWOH-koh; Italian: [ˈkwɔːko]; born November 30, 1985)[1] is an American actress and producer. After a series of supporting film and television roles in the late 1990s, she landed her breakthrough role as Bridget Hennessy on the ABC sitcom 8 Simple Rules (2002–2005). Thereafter, Cuoco voiced Brandy Harrington on Brandy & Mr. Whiskers (2004–2006) and appeared as Billie Jenkins on the final season of the television series Charmed (2005–2006). She later starred as Penny on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory (2007–2019), and received Satellite, Critics' Choice, and People's Choice Awards for the role.

Cuoco made her film debut in the thriller television film Quicksand: No Escape (1992). Her film work includes Virtuosity (1995), Toothless (1999), Can't Be Heaven (1999), Alley Cats Strike (2000), Growing Up Brady (2000), Crimes of Fashion (2004), The Hollow (2004), Lucky 13 (2005), To Be Fat like Me (2007), Cougar Club (2007), Killer Movie (2008), The Penthouse (2010), Hop (2011), Authors Anonymous (2014), and The Wedding Ringer (2015). She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2014[2] and in October 2017 founded Yes, Norman Productions.

Early life

Cuoco was born in Camarillo, California, the elder daughter of Layne Ann (née 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, is an actress and singer who competed on the fifth season of The Voice and has a recurring role on the HBO Max series Deadline.[5] As a child, Cuoco was a regionally ranked amateur tennis player,[6] a sport she took up when she was 3 years old. She stopped playing at the age of 16.[7]


Cuoco made her first feature film appearance as the young Karin Carter in the 1995 action thriller Virtuosity.[8] From 2000 to 2001, she appeared on the CBS sitcom Ladies Man and in 2000 she portrayed former The Brady Bunch star Maureen McCormick in the TV film Growing Up Brady as well as starring in the Disney Channel original film Alley Cats Strike. In September 2002, she began a starring role as Bridget Hennessy on the ABC sitcom 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter (afterwards 8 Simple Rules). Bridget was the oldest child, despite Cuoco being six years younger than Amy Davidson, who played her younger sister.

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 film Crimes of Fashion, the independent film Debating Robert Lee,[9] and in the film The Hollow at the same time. She also voiced the character of Brandy Harrington, a 14-year-old anthropomorphic mixed-breed dog, on the Disney Channel animated series Brandy and Mr. Whiskers. She voiced the character of Kirstee Smith in Bratz from 2004 to 2005. In the eighth season of the TV series Charmed, she 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.[citation needed]

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 physicists Dr. Leonard Hofstadter and Dr. Sheldon Cooper. Prior to the 2010–2011 season, she earned US$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 US$200,000 per episode.[10] As of August 2014, Cuoco and her co-stars from The Big Bang Theory Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons each earned an estimated US$1 million per episode.[11]

Cuoco at PaleyFest in March 2013

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.[12][13] A clip from the performance was also played during Cuoco's January 8, 2013 appearance on the late-night talk show Conan.[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, she 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] She is a regular on commercials as the daughter of William Shatner's character.[21]

In October 2018, it was announced that Cuoco would executive produce the DC Universe adult animation series Harley Quinn, and would also voice the title character.[22]

Personal life

In 2007, while working on The Big Bang Theory, Cuoco privately dated co-star Johnny Galecki for roughly two years, until December 2009. She later told CBS Watch in September 2010 that they have remained on good terms since ending their relationship.[23]

On September 13, 2010, Cuoco broke her leg in a horse-riding accident and missed the filming of two episodes of The Big Bang Theory.[24]

In October 2011, she became engaged to addiction specialist Josh Resnik, but ended their engagement by March 2012.[25] She 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.[26] On September 25, 2015, it was announced that she and Sweeting had decided to divorce.[27] The divorce was finalized on May 9, 2016.[28]

In December 2014, Cuoco received significant media attention surrounding a remark she made in an interview with Redbook magazine while married to Ryan Sweeting. When asked if she considered herself a feminist, she responded: "Is it bad if I say no? I was never that feminist girl demanding equality, but maybe that's because I've never really faced inequality... I cook for Ryan five nights a week: it makes me feel like a housewife. I love that. I know it sounds old-fashioned, but I like the idea of women taking care of their men".[29][30]

In an interview in March 2016, Cuoco said she felt her words were misconstrued, telling Cosmopolitan magazine, "Of course I'm a fucking feminist. Look at me. I bleed feminism: I get equal pay to my male co stars on a big show, I have my own home, I'm as independent as you could possibly be. Maybe I didn't understand the question, but for me that's feminism. I'm killing the game, man".[31][32]

Cuoco began dating equestrian Karl Cook, son of billionaire Scott Cook, in late 2016.[33][34] They became engaged on November 30, 2017, Cuoco's 32nd birthday,[35] and were married on June 30, 2018.[36]


Logo used by Cuoco's production company

In October 2017, Cuoco founded Yes, Norman Productions, a film and television production company which entered an exclusive multi-year first-look production deal with Warner Bros. Television. The company is named after her dog, Norman. Also in October 2017, The company optioned the rights to The Flight Attendant, a book written by author Chris Bohjalian, which will be developed into a limited series, with Cuoco to star and executive produce.[37]

In October 2018, it was announced that Cuoco would executive produce and voice Harley Quinn in the DC Universe adult animation, Harley Quinn.[22] In July 2019, Yes, Norman entered a two-year first look production deal with Warner Bros. Television, and announced that The Flight Attendant had been picked up by WarnerMedia's upcoming streaming platform, HBO Max.[38][39] The series is set to premiere on November 26, 2020.[40] In August 2019, it was announced that she would executive produce the upcoming CBS comedy, Pretty, which is written and also executive produced by Lindsey Kraft and Santina Muha.[41]



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
1999 Can't Be Heaven Teresa Powers
2000 Alley Cats Strike Elisa Bowers
2000 Growing Up Brady Maureen McCormick
2004 Debating Robert Lee Maralee Rodgers
2004 Crimes of Fashion Brooke Sarto
2004 The Hollow Karen
2005 Lucky 13 Sarah Baker
2006 Wasted Katie Cooning
2006 Bratz Passion 4 Fashion – Diamondz Kirstee Smith (voice)
2006 Bratz: Genie Magic
2007 To Be Fat like Me Alyson Schmidt
2007 Cougar Club Amanda
2008 Killer Movie Blanca Champion
2010 The Penthouse Erica Roc
2011 Hop Samantha "Sam" O'Hare
2011 The Last Ride Wanda
2014 Authors Anonymous Hannah Rinaldi Also executive producer
2014 A Million Ways to Die in the West Woman in the Store Unrated version
2015 The Wedding Ringer Gretchen Palmer
2015 Burning Bodhi Katy
2015 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip Eleanor (voice)
2016 Why Him? Justine (voice)
2017 Handsome Herself
2021 The Man from Toronto Filming


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"
1998 The Tony Danza Show Pammie Green Episode: ″Mini-Pause″
2000 Don't Forget Your Toothbrush Ashley Episode: "12 March 2000"[citation needed]
2000–2001 Ladies Man Bonnie Stiles Season 2
2001 7th Heaven Lynn Episode: "Relationships"
2002 First Monday Alyssa Episode: "Pilot"
2002 The Ellen Show Vanessa Episode: "Shallow Gal"
2002 The Nightmare Room Kristin Ferris Episode: "My Name is Evil"
2002–2005 8 Simple Rules Bridget Hennessy Main role
2004 The Help Carly Michaels Episode: "Pilot"
2004 Complete Savages Erin Episode: "For Whom the Cell Tolls"
2004 Punk'd Herself Episode: "9 May 2004"
2004 10.5 Amanda Williams 2 episodes
2004–2006 Brandy & Mr. Whiskers Brandy Harrington (voice) Main role
2005–2006 Bratz Kirstee Smith (voice) Season 1
2005–2007 Loonatics Unleashed Paula Hayes / Weather Vane (voice) 3 episodes
2005–2006 Charmed Billie Jenkins Season 8
2007 Prison Break Sasha Murray 2 episodes
2007–2019 The Big Bang Theory Penny Main role
2012 Drew Peterson: Untouchable Stacy Peterson Television film
2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! Herself Episode: "Kaley Cuoco Wears a Black Blazer and Slip on Sneakers"
2016 Lip Sync Battle Herself Episode: "Josh Gad vs. Kaley Cuoco"[42]
2018 Best.Worst.Weekend.Ever. Herself Cameo
2019–present Harley Quinn Dr. Harleen Quinzel / Harley Quinn (voice) Also executive producer
2019 Young Sheldon Pool Water (voice)[43] Episode: "Teenager Soup and a Little Ball of Fib"; uncredited cameo
2020 The Flight Attendant Cassandra "Cassie" Bowden Also executive producer

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Bratz: Rock Angelz Kirstee (voice)

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 Award Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actress 8 Simple Rules Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Comedy 8 Simple Rules Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Breakout Star: Female 8 Simple Rules Won
2004 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Comedy 8 Simple Rules Nominated
Young Artist Award 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
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Comedy The Big Bang Theory Nominated
Satellite Award Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy[44] The Big Bang Theory Won
2013 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Comedy The Big Bang Theory Nominated
People's Choice Awards Favorite TV Comedy Actress The Big Bang Theory Nominated
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
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Funny Star The Big Bang Theory Nominated
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
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actress The Big Bang Theory Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Comedy The Big Bang Theory Nominated
2016 Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Supporting Actress The Wedding Ringer Won
2019 Teen Choice Awards Choice Comedy TV Actress The Big Bang Theory Nominated


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