Sofia Vergara. Picture: Instagram
Sofia Vergara. Picture: Instagram

Forbes lists top 10 highest-paid TV actresses

By Bang Showbiz Time of article published Sep 27, 2017

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Sofia Vergara banked $41.5 million from June 2016 to June 2017 to make her the world's highest-paid TV actress for the sixth consecutive year.

The 'Modern Family' star - who plays Gloria Delgado-Pritchett in the ABC sitcom - made $41.5 million (approximately R562.5 million) before taxes and fees from June 2, 2016 to June 1, 2017 to top Forbes' list of the highest-paid actresses on the small screen. 

Luis Balaguer, Sofia's manager, told Forbes: "Our endorsement department is a well-oiled machine.

"Even now, our attention is on the people watching 'Modern Family' and how to appeal to them outside of the show, too."

Only a quarter of the Colombian actress' earnings are thought to made up of her TV income from 'Modern Family', with more than half coming from endorsement deals with the likes of Head & Shoulders, Pepsi and CoverGirl. 

Sofia didn't have much competition for the title with Kaley Cuoco, who makes $1 million (R13.5 million) per episode for 'The Big Bang Theory', second in the list after earning $26 million (R352.5 million), more than $15 million (R203.3 million) less than the brunette beauty. 

But there was a tie for third place with both Mindy Kaling and Ellen Pompeo - who star in 'The Mindy Project' and 'Grey's Anatomy' respectively - banking $13 million (R176.2 million). 

'Law & Order: SVU' star Mariska Hargitay earned $12.5 million (R169.4 million), just ahead of Julie Bowen, Kerry Washington and Priyanka Chopra who received $12 million (R162.6 million), $11 million (R149 million) and $10 million (R135.5 million) respectively. 

The top 10 is completed by 'House of Cards' actress Robin Wright's $9 million (R122 million) earnings, followed by 'NCIS' star Pauley Perrette with $8.5 million (R115.2 million).

1. Sofia Vergara -- $41.5 million (R562.5 million)

2. Kaley Cuoco -- $26 million (R352.5 million)

3. Mindy Kaling -- $13 million (R176.2 million)

3. Ellen Pompeo -- $13 million (R176.2 million)

5. Mariska Hargitay -- $12.5 million (R169.4 million),

6. Julie Bowen -- $12 million (R162.6 million)

7. Kerry Washington -- $11 million (R149 million)

8. Priyanka Chopra -- $10 million (R135.5 million)

9. Robin Wright -- $9 million (R122 million) 

10. Pauley Perrette -- $8.5 million (R115.2 million)

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