Kaley Christine Cuoco (formerly Sweeting, pronounced /ˈkeɪliː ˈkoʊkoʊ/; born November 30, 1985, Camarillo, California) is an American 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 recently as Penny Hofstadter on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory.
She got married to Ryan Sweeting at Dec 31, 2013. Before this, she was known and credited as Kaley Cuoco; and from then on, she begins to be credited as Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting. After the announcement of their divorce, her credit reverted back to her maiden name as of "The Bachelor Party Corrosion."
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 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.
CareerKaley Cuoco was named #1 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. She has said that she learned a lot about comedy from her work with the late John Ritter. In the eighth season of the hit cult TV show Charmed Cuoco appeared as the young witch 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 geeks, Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki). In the show, she moved to California from the Nebraska to pursue a career in acting.
Cuoco also starred in the film To Be Fat Like Me which premiered on January 8, 2007. She also played a minor role in Prison Break for two episodes,"The Message" and "Chicago". She claimed the leading female role in the horror movie Killer Movie in 2008, as well.
She attended the 2012 Comic-Con TBBT Panel. Since 2013, Cuoco has played William Shatner's (Star Trek) daughter in several Priceline commercials, acknowledging that her Big Bang co-stars -- including Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar -- are big fans of Star Trek in the the show. She dated Johnny Galecki who plays Leonard for the first two years of the show. She also appeared in Toyota Rav4 commercials and a wish granting genie.
In July 2014, she was working on the movie in New Mexico about a young man who comes home to confront his troublesome parents after his best friend from high school dies.Her 2015-2017 contract could be worth a total of $90 million.
In October, 2014, Kaley was awarded with a star on the Hollywood Wall of Fame next to her idol, co-star and mentor John Ritter from "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter".
Cuoco currently lives in San Fernando Valley, California, with her German Shepherd named Duke and her Chihuahua-Dachshund mix named Petey. She was once in a relationship with Johnny Galecki, although it was not made public until after they broke up. The two remain friends. She became engaged to Josh Resnik in October 2011. In February 2012, Kaley revealed at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences 21st Annual Hall of Fame ceremony that her engagement is off and she is back to being single.
She enjoys horseback riding, kickboxing, bowling, and playing the drums. She once, presented Ellen DeGeneres 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 on 8 Simple Rules in 2002.
Cuoco was married to professional tennis player Ryan Sweeting. They got engaged after three months of dating, and were married on New Year's Eve, December 31, 2013 in Simi Valley, California. She began to be credited as Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting in The Big Bang Theory since the episode The Convention Conundrum (S7E14). On September 25, 2015, Kaley and Ryan announced that they were divorcing after 21 months of marriage. Their divorce was finalized on May 6, 2016.Following in the steps of Mayim, Kaley visited Leslie Winkle aka Sara Gilbert on "The Talk" panel show on September 22, 2014.
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- Throughout the time Kaley was married to Ryan Sweeting, she was credited as "Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting" from The Convention Conundrum until The Bachelor Party Corrosion, when she went back to being Kaley Cuoco.