Top 10 Highest Paid TV Actresses in 2012

It’s hard to become a known face as an actress, be it in film or on television. Getting discovered is complex enough, but actually nourishing a monetarily stable livelihood in this highly volatile and man dominated business is more of a tough job. In spite of it, many of us have dreamed of becoming an actress and few have even made up to it. Patience and hard work has paid them well enough to pursue a lavish life style. Everyone loves to be amused and through this skill of amusement they have won thousands of hearts leaving behind their male counterparts. Over the years, these fortunate ones have seen success becoming their pet. A look into the given list will make us aware of their achievements and earnings.

List of Top 10 Highest Paid TV Actresses

Rank Actress Earnings ($)
1 Sofia Vergara 19 million
2 Kim Kardashian 18 million
3 Eva Longoria 15 million
4 Bethenny Frankel 12 million
5 Tina Fey 11 million
6 Khloe Kardashian Odom 11 million
7 Mariska Hargitay 10 million
8 Felicity Huffman 9 million
9 Ellen Pompeo 9 million
10 Zooey Deschanel 9 million

Top 10 Best Paid TV Actresses in 2012

1. Sofia Vergara
Sofia Margarita Vergara
had been widely known for co hosting two television shows for Univision in the late 1990s is a Colombian actress, comedian, television hostess and model. With the 2003 film Chasing Papi, Sofia started off her acting career. The present year sees her performing in ABC’s Modern Family as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett. Primetime Emmy Award , Golden Globe Award , NAACP Image Award and Screen Actors Guild Award has been prized to her for her various role in comedy series. Her job in ABC, endorsements and licensing deals makes her earn $19 million.

2. Kim Kardashian
Kimberly Noel Kardashian
commonly known as “Kim” is an American Kimberly Noel socialite, television personality, model and actress with an earnings of $18 million. Kardashian was born in Los Angeles, California on October 21, 1980. Currently she is in “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” along with her family members. Kardashian is also expected to be a part of an Indian reality show Bigg Boss season 6.

3. Eva Longoria
Eva Longoria, the third highest paid actresses of tele world makes $15 million through her acting skills. While in “Desperate Housewives” as Gabrielle Solis, she was waged $375,000 per episode. Her character of  Isabella Braña on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless from 2001 to 2003 changed her fate  with fame.in2008 she along with her partner opened a restaurant called “beso” in Hollywood. Eva was awarded with ALMA Awards, Bambi Award and People’s Choice Awards.

4. Bethenny Frankel
With popular serials and reality shows like The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, The Real Housewives of New York City, Bethenny Getting Married?, Bethenny Ever After, Bethenny etc., Frankel’s salary rose as much as $12 million. Apart from being a T.V Personality she is also an author, entrepreneur and natural foods chef. She is the founder of Skinnygirl Cocktails and the author of four self-help books.

5. Tina Fey*
Tina Fey was born on 18th May, 1970 as Elizabeth Stamatina Fey and gave a start to her acting career with the Second City. The American actress, comedian, writer and producer became prominence while working with NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live (SNL), the NBC comedy series 30 Rock, and films such as Mean Girls (2004) and Baby Mama(2008). She has received seven Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, four Screen Actors Guild Awards, four Writers Guild of America Awards and has a thick salary of $11 million.

6. Khloe Kardashian Odom*
Another member of the reality television series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”, Khloe Kardashian Odom is an American businesswoman, television personality, radio host, socialite, and model. She is also responsible for airing the radio show “The Mix up with Khloé Kardashian Odom” on 30th January, 2012. Khloe has also appeared in MADtv, The Celebrity

Apprentice, Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami, Fashion Police etc. and has credited herself with an income of $11 million.

7. Mariska Hargitay
Mariska Hargitay was a beauty queen before entering into acting with 1985terror-comedy film Ghoulies. The role of  Detective Olivia Benson on the NBC television drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit has earned her multiple awards and nominations, including an Emmy and Golden Globe. She has also portrayed her talent in Freddy’s Nightmares, Ellen, All American Girl,  Baywatch, Cracker; Gabriel’s Fire, In the Heat of the Night etc. Currently she takes back home $10 million and is married to married Peter Hermann, also an actor.

8. Felicity Huffman*
In 2005, Felicity Huffman’s critically acclaimed role as a transgender woman in the independent film Transamerica earned her a Golden Globe Award and anAcademy Award nomination. The 49 years old has been also seen in  Reversal of Fortune, Magnolia, Path to War, Georgia Rule and Phoebe in Wonderland. On March 1st, 2012 Felicity initiated “What the Flicka”, a website committed to women and mothers where she is a regular contributor. Ad campaigns including “Got Milk?” and a spokeswoman gig for Dole has boosted her earnings to $9million.

9. Ellen Pompeo*
Known for playing the series protagonist, Meredith Grey, on the ABCmedical drama Grey’s Anatomy, Ellen Pompeo is the ninth highest salaried T.V actresses with $9 million. Pompeo was born in Everett, Massachusetts on 10th November, 1968. Satellite Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and National Italian American Foundation were given to her.

10. Zooey Deschanel*
Zooey Claire Deschanel,  became known for her  “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” supporting roles in films such as Elf (2003), The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005), Failure to Launch (2006), Bridge to Terabithia (2007) The Happening (2008), Yes Man (2008), and (500) Days of Summer (2009). Deschanel who is allergic to eggs, dairy, and wheat gluten gets $9 million for her flair.

* Actresses with similar earnings have been ranked according to their popularity on US Television.

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