For the fifth year running — which includes a tie last year — “Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara is the highest-paid TV actress on Forbes magazine’s annual list.
Vergara, 44, who plays glamorous Gloria Delgado-Pritchett on the five-time Emmy Award-winning outstanding comedy series, earned an estimated $43 million between June 2015 and June 2016, Forbes said. The magazine attributed endorsement and licensing deals with Head and Shoulders shampoo, the Rooms to Go furniture-store chain and other companies for the actress’ jump from last year’s $28.5 million, which had tied her with Kaley Cuoco of the sitcom “The Big Bang Theory.”
The 30-year-old Cuoco, in second place this year, was down slightly at $24.5 million, virtually all of it from her role as Penny in the CBS comedy, for which each star earned a reported $1 million per episode. “The Mindy Project” star-producer-creator Mindy Kaling, 37, came in at No. 3 with $15 million, both from the show and from book deals. Mariska Hargitay, 52, of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and Ellen Pompeo, 46, of “Grey’s Anatomy” tied for No. 4 with $14.5 million each.
Vergara’s castmate, Neutrogena spokeswoman and two-time Emmy Award-winning comedy supporting actress Julie Bowen, 46, comes in at No. 10, with $10 million.
The list’s estimates are compiled using data from Nielsen Media Research, the websites Box Office Mojo and IMDB, and conversations with managers, producers, lawyers and others.
The top 10
1. Sofia Vergara $43 million
2. Kaley Cuoco $24.5 million
3. Mindy Kaling $15 million
4. (tie) Mariska Hargitay $14.5 million
4. (tie) Ellen Pompeo $14.5 million
6. Kerry Washington $13.5 million
7. Stana Katic $12 million
8. Priyanka Chopra $11 million
9. Julianna Margulies $10.5 million
10. Julie Bowen $10 million