Sofia Vergara continues reign as highest paid TV actress – Forbes

2014-09-04 09:18

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New York – For the third consecutive year, Colombian actress Sofia Vergara, one of the stars of the hit comedy Modern Family, is the highest paid actress on United States television, with estimated earnings of $37 million (about R395 million), Forbes magazine said.

Like last year, Vergara, who earns $325 000 for each episode of Modern Family, outpaced Mariska Hargitay, the Emmy-winning star of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, who came in second with $13 million. Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting (28) of The Big Bang Theory came in third, with $11 million.

“At 42, the Modern Family star continues her streak in large part due to her business savvy,” said Forbes yesterday.

In addition to her TV work, Vergara has endorsement deals with beverage, cosmetic, clothing and other companies. She also co-founded Latin World Entertainment, a talent, management and entertainment marketing firm.

Hargitay, the 50-year-old star of the longest-running drama series currently on TV, earns $450 000 an episode and bulks up her earning through syndication profits.

Emmy winner Julianna Margulies (48) of the legal drama The Good Wife, was in a three-way tie for fourth place with Ellen Pompeo (44) of drama Grey’s Anatomy, and 32-year-old Cobie Smulders, of the sitcom How I Met Your Mother. Each actress earned an estimated $10 million.

The top 10 actresses on the 2014 list made a combined $140 million. That compares with the $214 million combined earnings of the 10 leading TV actors.

The full list can be found here.

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