TV's highest paid actress makes $390,000 an episode

Sofia Vergara is television's highest paid actress, according to Forbes. Photo/AP
Sofia Vergara is television's highest paid actress, according to Forbes. Photo/AP

Modern Family star Sofia Vergara is the highest-paid US TV actress for the third year in a row, earning some US$37 million (NZ$44m), according to Forbes.

The 42-year-old earned significantly more than the top paid actor, Ashton Kutcher, who made some $26 million, 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 US$325,000 (NZ$390,000) 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 $13 million, while Kaley Cuoco of The Big Bang Theory took home an estimated $11 million for third place.

Tied in fourth spot were The Good Wife star Julianna Margulies who earned $10 million, 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 $9.5 million, followed by comediennes Amy Poehler at $7 million and Mindy Kaling at $6.5 million.

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 $6 million.

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

- AFP

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