Colombian actress Sofia Vergara and America’s TV sweetheart, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, have topped the list of TV’s highest-paid actresses. They share the top spot in Forbes’ list of actors, each earning a whopping $28.5 million from June 1, 2014 to June 1, 2015.
According to Forbes, while both actresses have other projects aside from their successful comedy shows, the bulk of their incomes in the past year have come from their lucrative TV contracts.
This is Vergara’s fourth consecutive year as the highest-paid TV actress. She also earned from several endorsement deals and her own talent management company. Meanwhile, Cuoco-Sweeting is a newbie at the top spot, thanks to a new contract that gives her $1 million per episode of the popular show "The Big Bang Theory."
Vergara stars as the voluptuous and outspoken Gloria Pritchett in the Emmy Award-winning comedy “Modern Family,” while Cuoco-Sweeting plays the role of Penny in “The Big Bang Theory.”
“Modern Family” is getting ready to air its seventh season. The show is also up for a new EMMY record this year if it wins a sixth consecutive award for “Outstanding Comedy Series.” Gloria is an integral character in the ensemble cast, which has also won several awards over the years. The show is showing no signs of slowing down and Vergara will likely rake in the funds for a few more years.
Penny is a central character in “The Big Bang Theory,” and Cuoco-Sweeting has endeared herself to TV audience over the last eight seasons. Her character’s wedding is one of the most-awaited events in the upcoming season.
TV actors today are able to command higher salaries than they ever have. Worldwide syndication of TV programs allows networks to bring in enough revenue to boost the TV industry and pay actors salaries that only movie stars once received.
Some other notable names in the Forbes list are Zooey Deschanel ($5 million) of “New Girl,” Robin Wright ($5.5 million) of “House of Cards” and Vergara’s “Modern Family” co-star Julie Bowen ($12 million).