Thanks to the success of “The Big Bang Theory,” Kaley Cuoco is one of the highest paid actors on television. The 31-year-old star has appeared on the CBS sitcom since its first season in 2007, and will be back for the show’s 11th season, premiering Sept. 25.
Read on to find out how much Cuoco and the rest of “The Big Bang Theory” cast are worth.
Kaley Cuoco Net Worth: $45 Million
Kaley Cuoco’s net worth is $45 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Before appearing as Penny on “The Big Bang Theory,” the California-born actress played Billie Jenkins on “Charmed” from 2005 to 2006, and Bridget Hennessy on “8 Simple Rules” from 2002 to 2005. Cuoco first appeared on television in the 1992 TV movie, “Quicksand: No Escape,” and has been able to maintain a steady acting career since then, with 58 acting credits to her name.
Throughout her career, Cuoco has received a Teen Choice Award, two People’s Choice Awards and a Critics’ Choice Television Award. She also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2014.
Kaley Cuoco ‘The Big Bang Theory’ Salary
In 2014, Kaley Cuoco reportedly signed a three-year deal with Warner Bros. TV for a salary of $1 million per episode for “The Big Bang Theory” seasons eight through 10. Prior to her change in contract, Cuoco was making $350,000 per episode, Deadline reported.
When the show was renewed for a 12th season in March, Cuoco took a $100,000 per episode pay cut in hopes that it would help her co-stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch — who joined the show in season three — receive pay raises, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Even though Cuoco took a pay cut, she still earns an estimated $900,000 per episode, which makes her tied with her costars Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar and Jim Parsons for the title of highest paid TV comedy actor.
Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting: Wedding and Divorce
After only three months of dating, Kaley Cuoco and tennis player Ryan Sweeting got engaged in 2013 and tied the knot just three months later, on Dec. 31, 2013. The couple made their wedding a surprise event, inviting 150 family members and friends for a supposed New Year’s Eve party at Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Santa Susana, Calif.
“The Big Bang Theory” actress wore a custom, petal-pink strapless Vera Wang gown to the lavish affair and paired it with a nude tulle veil — also designed by Wang — adorned with petal-pink hand applique Chantilly lace. In addition to an upside-down six-tiered wedding cake hung from a chandelier, they also had a tennis ball-shaped groom’s cake featuring chocolate sculptures of their three dogs.
Days after the ceremony, the bride and groom publicly debuted their ring fingers, each adorned with not one but two sparkly bands. Cuoco paired hers with a $985 Dalla Nonna calendar necklace she received as a wedding gift and her 2.5-carat square-cut $65,000 diamond engagement ring.
After months of defending their marriage and adamantly denying divorce rumors, Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting officially separated on Sept. 3, 2015. Their divorce was finalized on May 6, 2016.
The former couple had signed a prenuptial agreement, which stated that Sweeting would not receive spousal support from Cuoco, though she would pay him $165,000 in two payments, People reported. The documents also stated that Cuoco would pay for Sweeting’s attorney fees, though not in excess of $55,000.
In addition, the actress would pay $9,387 for an outstanding bill Sweeting owed for legal services rendered to him in connection with the prenup. Cuoco also received the couple’s Tarzana, Calif., home, a 5,200-square-foot, $5.49 million mansion previously owned by Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom. She also retained ownership of their Santa Barbara-area beach house.
Cuoco has moved on from the divorce, and has been dating 26-year-old professional equestrian Karl Cook for almost a year and a half, People reported.
“I don’t know what path [the relationship] is going to take,” she told the magazine in August. “But I’m very happy right now.”
Laura Woods contributed to the reporting for this article.