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The highest paid TV actress is ...

05 September 2014, 06:54

Los Angeles - Modern Family star Sofia Vergara is the highest-paid US TV actress for the third year in a row, earning some $37m, according to a 2014 list published Wednesday.

The 42-year-old earned significantly more than the top paid actor, Ashton Kutcher, who made some $26m, according to Forbes magazine, known for celebrity and other rich lists.

The Colombian-born actress who literally stood on a pedestal at this year's Emmy awards reportedly makes $325 000 an episode for Modern Family, but earns much more from endorsements including being the face of Diet Pepsi.

She is also the co-founder of multi-million dollar talent management and marketing firm Latin World Entertainment, while earlier this year she launched her own perfume.

In second place is Law and Order: Special Victims Unit star Mariska Hargitay, whose estimated earnings total $13m, while Kaley Cuoco of The Big Bang Theory took home an estimated $11m for third place.

Tied in fourth spot were The Good Wife star Julianna Margulies who earned $10m, as did Ellen Pompeo of Grey's Anatomy and Cobie Smulders of How I Met Your Mother.

Smulders' co-star on How I Met Your Mother"Alyson Hannigan came in fifth with $9.5m, followed by comediennes Amy Poehler at $7m and Mindy Kaling at $6.5m.

Eighth was also tied, with Scandal star Kerry Washington, The New Girl's Zooey Deschanel and Courteney Cox of Friends all taking home an estimated $6m.

Claire Danes of Homeland earned $5m, while Girls star Lena Dunham rounded out the top 10 with earnings of $3.5m.



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