Vergara tops TV actresses with $58.7m
COLOMBIAN-AMERICAN actress Sofia Vergara topped Forbes magazine's annual list of best paid television actresses for the fifth year in a row on Wednesday, earning a whopping US$43 million (S$58.7 million).
The 44-year-old Modern Family actress - who made more money than any male star - was followed by Kaley Cuoco, 30.
She plays Penny on The Big Bang Theory and earned US$24.5 million in the 12 months leading to June.
Forbes said while Vergara's role on the hit mockumentary helped propel her to the top of the best-paid list, endorsement and licensing deals have ensured she still commands the number one spot.
In all, the 15 highest-paid female stars of the small screen made US$208.5 million between June 2015 and June 2016. This is US$43.5 million more than last year's tally, Forbes said.
Mindy Kaling, 37, of The Mindy Project climbed from eighth to third place this year, earning US$15 million.
She was followed by Ellen Pompeo (Grey's Anatomy) and Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order SVU) who tied for fourth, earning US$14.5 million.
Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra, who plays an FBI agent in crime series Quantico, joined the list for the first time this year, coming in eighth and earning US$11 million.
Oscar-winning Jennifer Lawrence was named the world's highest-paid movie actress for the second year running in August, with estimated pre-tax earnings of US$46 million.
The list of the world's highest-paid TV actors will be published next week, Forbes said.
Rounding out the top 10 list for best paid TV actresses are: Kerry Washington (US$13.5 million), Stana Katic (US$12 million), Julianna Margulies (US$10.5) and Julie Bowen (US$10 million).