Kaley Cuoco is an American actress, best known for her role in The Big Bang Theory, where she played one of the main characters, Penny. She has appeared in various other series and films.
Camarillo, California, the United States of America
Kaley Cuoco was married to Ryan Sweeting between 2013 and 2016. She married Karl Cook in 2018, but the couple separated in 2021.
Kaley Cuoco started acting very young. At first, she appeared in supporting roles in various shows and movies, including Disney Channel Original Alley Cats Strike. However, her breakthrough came after being cast in 8 Simple Rules, an American sitcom that ran between 2002 and 2005. She played one of the family’s teenagers opposite John Ritter.
From here, Cuoco moved on to voice work for the Disney show Brandy & Mr. Whiskers between 2004 and 2006. Then, between 2005 and 2006, she appeared on the long-running series Charmed in its final season. Unfortunately, her character was not all that well-received by fans, which made the producers axed the idea of a spin-off featuring the witch Billie she played.
In 2007, Cuoco appeared as Penny on The Big Bang Theory. The sitcom was a massive hit worldwide and earned the actress several awards over the years. She would continue to work on this role between 2007 and 2019 when the final season aired. Her role was that of girl-next-door Penny, who moves across from a group of geeks and becomes friends with them. The show was a massive hit and got many seasons, with Cuoco’s character being one of the leading ones throughout. In Big Bang Theory, she worked alongside cast members Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Melissa Rauch, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik, Kevin Sussman, Laura Spencer, Brian George, Wil Wheaton and John Ross Bowie.
In 2020, Cuoco took the leading role in the HBO Max series The Flight Attendant, which she also produced. The show was widely acclaimed, and so was the actress’s performance as a flight attendant involved in a murder mystery and personal traumas and alcohol issues. The performance earned Cuoco nominations for the Primetime Emmy Awards and the Golden Globes, among others.
In addition to this performance, Cuoco is voicing the character Harley Quinn in the eponymous series from DC and HBO. The animated show was very well-received and is scheduled to receive a third season soon. Both Harley Quinn and The Flight Attendant are produced by Yes, Norman Productions, a company that Kaley Cuoco herself founded.
Kaley Cuoco received a Satellite Award, a Critics’ Choice Award, and two People’s Choice Awards for her performance as Penny.
Cuoco dated her co-star Johnny Galecki for a couple of years and parted with him on friendly terms. Their characters, Penny and Leonard, were also romantically involved to greater success.
In the film The Wedding Ringer, Cuoco’s performance earned her a Golden Raspberry win for worst supporting actress.
The actress has her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
For her performance in The Big Bang Theory, Cuoco, along with co-stars Galecki and Jim Parsons, was earning $1 million per episode after a few seasons.
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