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Sofia Vergara, Kardashians are Forbes' HIGHEST PAID TV actresses

Last updated on: September 05, 2013 18:13 IST

Sofia Vergara, Kardashians are Forbes' HIGHEST PAID TV actresses

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Modern Family's Sofia Vergara has emerged as the highest paid television actress in Forbes' latest list, second time in a row.

The voluptuous Latina, who plays fiesty Gloria Pritchett on the hit ABC sitcom, earned $30 million resulting from a considerable pay hike on the show and her endorsement deals for Diet Pepsi and Cover Girl cosmetics.

Here's a look at other stars who round off the top 20.


Image: Sofia Vergara
Photographs: Alberto E Rodriguez/Getty Images

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2. Kaley Cuoco, Mariska Hargitay

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The Big Bang Theory's Penny (Kaley Cuoco) and Emmy Award-winning Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star Mariska Hargitay take up the second spot with $11 million in earnings.

While Cuoco received a pay hike this season along with new endorsement deals including Toyota, Hargitay's entire earnings came from her acclaimed show.


Image: Kaley Cuoco, Mariska Hargitay
Photographs: Jason Merritt/Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

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4. Tina Fey, Bethenny Frankel, Kardashian sisters, Melissa McCarthy, Ellen Pompeo

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One of American television's most prolific comediennes, 30 Rock creator and protagonist Tina Fey figures high on the list with $10 million and shares the spot with Bridesmaids actress Melissa McCarthy, television show host Bethenny Frankel, the Kardashian sisters and Grey's Anatomy actress Ellen Pompeo.

Oddly enough, Forbes has listed Kardashians -- Kim, Kourtney and Khloe -- among actresses in this list.


Image: Anti clockwise from top: Kardashian sisters, Tina Fey, Bethenny Frankel, Ellen Pompeo and Melissa McCarthy
Photographs: Stuart Wilson/Alberto E Rodriguez/Mark Davis/Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

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11. Cobie Smulders

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How I Met Your Mother's Cobie Smulders, who's had a more active filmography than her costars on the hit CBS sitcom, took home $9 million last year.

Smulders, who earns an estimated $300,000 per episode and syndication fees, is set to reprise her role in The Avengers sequel and Captain America movies.


Image: Cobie Smulders
Photographs: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

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12. Alyson Hannigan

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Smulders' How I Met Your Mother costar Alyson Hannigan trails on the next spot with $8 million resulting from $3000,000 fee per episode as well as syndication fee from the highly re-run series.


Image: Alyson Hannigan
Photographs: Jason Kempin/Getty Images

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13. Amy Poehler, Julianna Margulies

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Tina Fey's longtime friend and former Saturday Night Live costar Amy Poehler takes up the 13th spot with $7 million in earnings.

The talented comedienne-actress debuted in the highest paid list recently, thanks to the success of her NBC show Parks & Recreation and a million-dollar book deal. 

Poehler is joined by The Good Wife star Julianna Margulies with $7 million in earnings.


Image: Amy Poehler, Julianna Margulies
Photographs: Paul Drinkwater/Frazer Harrison/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

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15. Lena Dunham, Zooey Deschanel and Courtney Cox

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Girls creator and star Lena Dunham, New Girl actress-musician Zooey Deschanel and Cougar Town creator Courtney Cox figure at number 15 with individual earnings of $6 million.

While another show may be in the offing for HBO favourite Dunham, Cox has been receiving syndication fee from FRIENDS while Deschanel's show was picked up for its third season with a subsequent salary hike for her.


Image: Lena Dunham, Zooey Deschanel and Courtney Cox
Photographs: Neilson Barnard/Mark Davis/Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

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18. Whitney Cummings

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Star and executive producer of WhitneyWhitney Cummings comes at number 18 with $5 million in annual earnings.

Her show Two Broke Girls has been renewed for a third season too.


Image: Whitney Cummings
Photographs: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

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19. Mindy Kaling

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Comedienne and author Mindy Kaling, at number 19, received a pay check of $4 million in the past year from The Office syndication, her voiceover role in Wreck It Ralph and a follow-up to her 2012 book titled 2012's Is Everybody Hanging Out without Me?.


Image: Mindy Kaling
Photographs: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

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20. Kerry Washington

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Django Unchained actress Kerry Washington  rounds off the top 20 with $3 million in earnings from her television show Scandal, Tyler Perry's film Peeples as well as Quentin Tarantino's Academy Award-winning Django Unchained.


Image: Kerry Washington
Photographs: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

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