Kaley Cuoco

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Kaley Cuoco is an American actress, born in Camarillo, California on November 30, 1985. She is best known for her role as Penny on The Big Bang Theory. Cuoco has also appeared in other TV shows, such as 8 Simple Rules, Charmed, and The Flight Attendant.

Cuoco began her career at a young age, starring opposite Donald Sutherland in her first TV role in the 1992 TV movie Quicksand: No Escape. She made her feature film debut in 1995 with Virtuosity, co-starring alongside Denzel Washington. Cuoco also appeared in various TV shows and movies, including Ellen, Northern Exposure, Toothless, Growing Up Brady, and Alley Cats Strike.

In 2002, Kaley Cuoco got her big break when she landed the starring role of Bridget Hennessy, the eldest daughter of John Ritter and Katey Sagal's characters, in the ABC sitcom 8 Simple Rules. For this role, Cuoco won a Teen Choice award in 2003.

After 8 Simple Rules ended in 2005, Kaley Cuoco continued to stay busy with a starring role in the final season of Charmed. She also lent her voice to the animated series Brandy & Mr. Whiskers, where she voiced the title character Brandy Harrington. Later, she starred in movies such as Lucky 13, To Be Fat like Me, and Cougar Club.

Cuoco was cast as Penny in The Big Bang Theory when the show was redeveloped for the 2007-08 season after CBS chose not to pick up a previous pilot. During her time on the show, Cuoco earned a Satellite Award, a Critics' Choice Television Award, and multiple People's Choice Awards for her role as Penny. Cuoco's film credits during this period include Hop, Authors Anonymous, and The Wedding Ringer.

Since the end of The Big Bang Theory in 2019, Kaley Cuoco has starred in and produced the Max (formerly HBO Max) series The Flight Attendant. The show received critical acclaim, and she earned a Golden Globe nomination. Cuoco also served as the executive producer and provided the voice of Harley Quinn in the Max series of the same name. Most recently, she starred in the Peacock drama series Based on a True Story.