Kaley Christine Cuoco (pronounced /ˈkeɪli ˈkwoʊkoʊ/ KAY-lee KWOH-koh; born November 30, 1985) is an American film and television actress. She is best known for her roles as Bridget Hennessy on the sitcom 8 Simple Rules, Billie Jenkins on the supernatural drama Charmed, and Penny on the sitcom The Big Bang Theory.
Cuoco was born in Camarillo, California, to Gary Carmine Cuoco, an Oxnard, California, realtor, and Layne Ann Wingate, a homemaker. She has a younger sister, Briana. Kaley was educated on sets and earned her high school diploma at the age of 16.
Cuoco began modeling and acting at age 6. Her first major role was in the 1992 TV movie Quicksand: No Escape. Her role as Maureen McCormick in the 2000 TV movie Growing Up Brady brought her much attention, as well as a role on the CBS sitcom Ladies Man. In 2004, in addition to her role on 8 Simple Rules where she played a teenager, she has had starring roles on the NBC miniseries 10.5, on the ABC Family original movie Crimes of Fashion, and in the independent film Debating Robert Lee. In 2000 she starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie Alley Cats Strike.
Cuoco was named #77 on FHM-Us' 100 Sexiest Women in 2005 and #21 in 2008. She began voicing the character of Brandy Harrington on the Disney Channel's cartoon, Brandy and Mr. Whiskers, later in 2004.
Cuoco played Bridget Hennessy on the ABC sitcom 8 Simple Rules. Bridget was the eldest child, despite Cuoco being six years younger than her on-screen little sister (Amy Davidson), and was portrayed as "the most beautiful girl in the school." She had several boyfriends throughout the series and used her feminine wiles to exert significant control over the boys she encountered.
In the eighth season of the hit cult TV show Charmed Cuoco appeared as Billie Jenkins. Executive producer Brad Kern stated Kaley's character was initially brought in as a possible spin-off. In 2004, Cuoco co-starred in the movie The Hollow with stars Nick Carter and Kevin Zegers.
In September 2007, Cuoco began a starring role in the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory. She plays Penny, a beautiful, down-to-earth aspiring actress and employee at The Cheesecake Factory who moves in next door to two geeks, Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki). In the show, she moved to California from Omaha, Nebraska to pursue a career in acting. Prior to the 2010-2011 season, she earned $60,000 an episode for the series, the same as Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons. In 2010, the cast negotiated a raise for each actor to make $200,000 per episode.
Cuoco also starred in the Lifetime film To Be Fat Like Me which premiered on January 8, 2007. She also played a minor role in the Prison Break episodes "The Message" and "Chicago" as well as taking the leading female role in the horror movie Killer Movie in 2008.
Cuoco has landed two movie roles for 2010/2011. She will star in Hop and as Wanda in The Last Ride.
Cuoco currently lives in San Fernando Valley, California, with her German Shepherd named Duke and her Chihuahua-Dachshund mix named Petey. She enjoys horseback riding, kickboxing, bowling, and playing the drums. One of her favorite hobbies is table tennis. On The Ellen DeGeneres Show, she presented Ellen with a table tennis paddle signed by The Big Bang Theory cast. She was a nationally ranked amateur tennis player, a hobby she took up when she was three years old.
Cuoco revealed she was in a two-year relationship with The Big Bang Theory co-star Johnny Galecki. They met on the show and kept their relationship private until they broke up and remain as friends.
|1997||Picture Perfect||Little Girl|
|2000||Can't Be Heaven||Teresa Powers||credited as "Kaley Cuaco"|
|Don't Forget Your Toothbrush||Ashley|
|2003||A Merry Mickey Celebration||Herself|
|2004||Debating Robert Lee||Maralee Rodgers|
|2005||Lucky 13||Sarah Baker|
|Killer Movie||Blanca Champion|
|2010||The Penthouse||Erica Roc|
|The Last Ride||Wanda||Post-production|
|Shark Night 3D||Sara||Pre-Production|
|2012||The Ring 3D||Cassie Walker||In-development|
|The Bedroom Window||Denise||Pre-production|
|Film Made for Television or Video|
|1992||Quicksand: No Escape||Connie Reinhardt||TV movie|
|1998||Mr. Murder||Charlotte Stillwater||TV movie|
|2000||Alley Cats Strike||Elisa Bowers||Disney Channel Original Movie|
|Growing Up Brady||Maureen McCormick||TV movie|
|2004||Crimes of Fashion||Brooke Tayloe||TV movie|
|2006||Separated at Worth||Gabby||TV movie|
|Bratz: Passion 4 Fashion — Diamondz||Kirstee Smith||TV movie|
|2007||To Be Fat Like Me||Alyson Schmidt||TV movie|
|2002–2005||8 Simple Rules||Bridget Hennessy||Main role|
|2004–2006||Brandy and Mr. Whiskers||Brandy Harrington||Voice / main role|
|2004–2009||6teen||Chrissie Baldwin||Voice / supporting Character|
|2005–2006||Bratz||Kirstee Smith||Voice role|
|Charmed||Billie Jenkins||Mostly Helper|
|2006–2008||Monster Allergy||Elena Potato||Voice role / main role|
|2007–present||The Big Bang Theory||Penny||Main role|
|Television guest appearances|
|1994||My So-Called Life||Young Angela Chase||Episode: "Father Figures"|
|Northern Exposure||Miranda (Randi)||Episode: "Hello, I Love You"|
|1996||These Friends of Mine||Little Ellen Morgan||Episode: "The Bubble Gum Incident"|
|2000||Homewood PI||Lauren Crane||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2001||Ladies Man||Bonnie Stiles||8 episodes|
|7th Heaven||Lynn||Episode: "Relationships"|
|2002||The Nightmare Room||Kristin Ferris||Episode: "My Name Is Evil"|
|2004||The Help||Carly Michaels||Episode: "Pilot"|
|Complete Savages||Erin||Episode: "For Whom the Cell Tolls"|
|2005–2006||Loonatics Unleashed||Paula Hayes|| Episode: "Weathering Heights"|
Episode: "Acmegeddon: Part 1"
Episode: "Acmegeddon: Part 2"
|2006||Secrets of a Small Town||Misty Anders||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2007||Prison Break||Cameo||Episode: "The Message"|
|2008||Eureka||Leighton||Episode: "Here Come the Suns"|
|2009||Mercy||Kayla Reynolds||Episode: "You Lost Me with the Cinderblock"|
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Kaley Cuoco". askmen.com. Retrieved 2008-01-25.
- ↑ Kaley Cuoco. "FHM-US's 100 Sexiest Women 2005 (Chatham Journal)". Ca.askmen.com. Retrieved 2010-05-07.
- ↑ "Kaley Cuoco". kaleycuoco.org. Retrieved 2010-09-15.
- ↑ "Movies — To Be Fat Like Me". lifetimetv.com. Retrieved 2007-03-18.
- ↑ "News | Kaley Cuoco Signs For "I Hop," "Last Ride" – March 31st 2010". Dark Horizons. Retrieved 2010-05-07.
- ↑ Ausiello, Michael (September 13, 2010). "'Big Bang Theory' star Kaley Cuoco on temporary medical leave following weekend fall". Entertainment Weekly.
- ↑ "Kaley Cuoco & Johnny Galecki Dated: 'Big Bang' Costars Together Two YEARS". Huffington Post. September 30, 2010.
- ↑ http://www.mylifetime.com/movies/be-fat-me
- ↑ http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/AmericanFamily/story?id=2778249&page=1
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