Cuoco in July 2017
Kaley Christine Cuoco
November 30, 1985
Camarillo, California, U.S.
|Other names||Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting|
Kaley Christine Cuoco (// KWOH-koh; Italian: [ˈkwɔːko]; born November 30, 1985) 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 and in October 2017 founded Yes, Norman Productions.
Cuoco was born in Camarillo, California, the elder daughter of Layne Ann (née Wingate), a homemaker, and Gary Carmine Cuoco, a realtor. Her father is of Italian descent while her mother is of English and German ancestry. 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. As a child, Cuoco was a regionally ranked amateur tennis player, a sport she took up when she was 3 years old. She stopped playing at the age of 16.
Cuoco made her first feature film appearance as the young Karin Carter in the 1995 action thriller Virtuosity. 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.
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, 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.
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. 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.
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. A clip from the performance was also played during Cuoco's January 8, 2013 appearance on the late-night talk show Conan.
Cuoco starred in the Lifetime film To Be Fat like Me, which premiered on January 8, 2007. 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. That same year, she appeared in the films Hop and The Last Ride. She was also chosen to host the Teen Choice Awards in 2011, as well as the People's Choice Awards in 2012 and 2013. She is a regular on Priceline.com commercials as the daughter of William Shatner's character.
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.
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.
In October 2011, she became engaged to addiction specialist Josh Resnik, but ended their engagement by March 2012. 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. On September 25, 2015, it was announced that she and Sweeting had decided to divorce. The divorce was finalized on May 9, 2016.
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".
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".
Cuoco began dating equestrian Karl Cook, son of billionaire Scott Cook, in late 2016. They became engaged on November 30, 2017, Cuoco's 32nd birthday, and were married on June 30, 2018.
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.
In October 2018, it was announced that Cuoco would executive produce and voice Harley Quinn in the DC Universe adult animation, Harley Quinn. 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. 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.
|1992||Quicksand: No Escape||Connie Reinhardt|
|1997||Picture Perfect||Little girl|
|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|
|2005||Lucky 13||Sarah Baker|
|2006||Bratz Passion 4 Fashion – Diamondz||Kirstee Smith (voice)|
|2006||Bratz: Genie Magic|
|2007||To Be Fat like Me||Alyson Schmidt|
|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||Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip||Eleanor (voice)|
|2016||Why Him?||Justine (voice)|
|2021||The Man from Toronto||TBA|
|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"|
|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"|
|2019–present||Harley Quinn||Dr. Harleen Quinzel / Harley Quinn (voice)||Also executive producer|
|2019||Young Sheldon||Pool Water (voice)||Episode: "Teenager Soup and a Little Ball of Fib"; uncredited cameo|
|TBA||The Flight Attendant||Cassandra "Cassie" Bowden||Also creator and executive producer|
|2005||Bratz: Rock Angelz||Kirstee (voice)|
Awards and nominations
|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||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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Cuoco has been an ace in Hollywood and on the tennis court, playing the sport since she was three years old. She finally made the full switch to acting in 2002
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