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Kaley Christine Cuoco ( ; born November 30, 1985) is an Americanmarker television actress. She is best known for her roles as Bridget Hennessy on the sitcom 8 Simple Rules, Brandy Harrington on Brandy & Mr. Whiskers, Billie Jenkins on the supernatural drama series Charmed, and Penny on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory.

Early life

Cuoco was born in Camarillomarker, Californiamarker, to Gary Carmine Cuoco, an Oxnard, Californiamarker, realtor, and Layne Ann Wingate, a homemaker. She has a younger sister, Briana. Kaley was schooled on the set and earned her high school diploma at the age of 16. She has many pets, including a Jack Russell Terrier named Raquel.

Career

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 #78 on FHM-Us' 100 Sexiest Women in 2005. 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 and down-to-earth Cheesecake Factory employee who moves in next door to two "nerds", Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki). In the show, she moved to California from the Midwest to pursue a career in acting.

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".

Personal life

Cuoco currently lives in San Fernando Valleymarker, Californiamarker, 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 Ellen, 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, until she switched to acting full time with 8 Simple Rules in 2002.

Filmography

Year Title Role Other notes
1992 Quicksand: No Escape Connie Reinhardt
1994 My So-Called Life Young Angela
Northern Exposure Miranda (Randi) Episode 5.15 "Hello, I Love You"
1995 Virtuosity Karin
1996 These Friends of Mine Little Ellen Tv series, 1 episode: The Bubble Gum Incident (4.06)
1997 Toothless Lori
Picture Perfect flower girl
1998 Mr. Murder Charlotte Stillwater Tv movie; adaptation of the 1993 horror novel Mr. Murder written by Dean Koontz
2000 Homewood PI Lauren Crane Tv series, 1 episode: Pilot (1.01)
Alley Cats Strike Elisa Disney Channel Original Movie
Growing Up Brady Maureen McCormick TV movie
Can't Be Heaven Teresa Credited as "Kaley Cuaco"
Don't Forget Your Toothbrush Ashley
2001 Ladies Man Bonnie Stiles TV series, 8 episodes
7th Heaven Lynn Tv series, 1 episode: Relationships (6.05)
The Ellen Show Vanessa
2002 First Monday Alyssa
The Nightmare Room Kristin Children's anthology horror series, 1 episode: My Name Is Evil (1.11)
2002-2005 8 Simple Rules Bridget Hennessy 76 episodes, Main Role
2003 A Merry Mickey Celebration herself
2004 Debating Robert Lee Maralee Rodgers
The Help Carly Michaels Tv series, 1 episode: Pilot (1.01)
10.5 Amanda Williams
Crimes of Fashion Brooke Tv movie
The Hollow Karen Character based on Katrina Van Tassal,Supporting role
Complete Savages Erin Tv series, 1 episode: For Whom the Cell Tolls (1.07)
2004-2006 Brandy and Mr. Whiskers Brandy Harrington (voice),39 episodes,Main Role
2005 Lucky 13 Sarah Baker
2005-2006 Loonatics Unleashed Paula Hayes 3 episodes,voice
Charmed Billie Jenkins 22 episodes,Main role
2006 Secrets of a Small Town Misty Anders 1 episode, pilot
Separated at Worth Gabby Tv movie
Bratz Kristee Voice, Tv episode: Survivor
Bratz: Passion 4 Fashion - Diamondz Kristee Voice, Tv movie
2006-2008 Monster Allergy Elena Potato Voice,31 episodes,Main Role
2007 Prison Break Sasha
Cougar Club Amanda
To Be Fat Like Me Alyson Schmidt Tv movie, main role
2007-present The Big Bang Theory Penny Main Role
2008 Wasted Katie Cooning
Killer Movie Blanca Champion
Eureka Leighton Tv series, 1 episode: Here Come the Suns (3.07)
Penthouse Erica
2009 Gossip Girl Rebecca Dubrovich Tv series, 1 episode: Seder Anything (2.21)


References

  1. http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20287585,00.html
  2. FHM-US's 100 Sexiest Women 2005 (Chatham Journal)


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