PENNY / Kaley Cuoco

Prior to THE BIG BANG THEORY, Kaley Cuoco was best known to television audiences for her role as Bridget Hennesy in the series 8 Simple Rules. She won a Teen Choice Award for her role and was featured in TV Guide's "Generation Now" and Vanity Fair's "Teenage It" lists.

Her other television credits include a recurring role on Charmed, and guest appearances on Ladies Man, Complete Savages, My So-Called Life and Northern Exposure. Cuoco was the lead in the cable movies Crimes of Fashion and The Hollow, and was seen in the miniseries 10.5. Her other television movie credits include Alley Cats Strike, Toothless, Attack of the 50 Ft Woman, Growing Up Brady, and the miniseries Dean Koontz's Mr. Murder. Additionally, Cuoco lent her voice to the animated series Brandy and Mr. Whiskers and Loonatics Unleashed.

Next year, Cuoco will be seen on the big screen in the comedy Hop, opposite James Marsden. Additionally, she has completed production on the independent feature The Last Ride.

Cuoco began her acting career at a young age, appearing in commercials and modeling. Her first TV role was in 1992's Quicksand: No Escape opposite Donald Sutherland. She landed her first feature film role at the age of eight in Virtuosity. Her other film credits include Picture Perfect, Can't Be Heaven and Lucky 13. She also appeared on stage in community theater productions of Fiddler on the Roof and Annie.

Cuoco is a gifted tennis player, and also hikes, runs, rides horses, goes to the gym and spends time with her rescue dogs.

She is also involved in charities such as the Elisabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Animal Avengers and PETA.

Cuoco currently resides in Los Angeles. Her birth date is November 30.