New York, Sep 15: Priyanka Chopra has become the first Indian star to enter the Forbes list of highest paid television actresses in the world, after starring on American series Quantico. Priyanka ranks eighth in the coveted list, which has retained American actress Sofia Vergara at the first position fifth year in a row. The 44-year-old Colombian-American actress brought home a whooping USD 43 million before management fees and taxes, but not all came from her hit TV show Modern Family. Vergara has an impressive array of endorsement deals as well as her line of products.
Priyanka has earned USD 11 million. She made her international acting debut last year with ABC’s Quantico and now is gearing up for its second season. Back home, the 34-year-old actress has starred in two Bollywood films in the past one year – Bajirao Mastani and Jai Gangaajal – and will make her Hollywood film debut with Baywatch alongside Hollywood heavy-hitters including Dwayne Johnson, the world’s highest-paid actor.
But like most television actresses (and actresses, in general), her millions are not made from screen time alone. Priyanka is one of India’s top picks for advertisers, reported Forbes magazine. ALSO READ: Sofia Vergara rules Forbes’ highest-paid TV actress list with $ 43 million
She has had a very successful foray in the American entertainment industry so far. Apart from appearing on the popular late night TV talk shows, she presented at this year’s Oscars and is all set to present at the Emmys next week. She is also one of the hosts for the 2016 Global Citizen Festival, which will be headlined by musicians like Rihanna and Selena Gomez, on September 24. ALSO READ: Priyanka Chopra to host Global Citizen Festival for Rihanna, Chris Martin
The Big Bang Theory actress Kaley Cuoco is at the second position in the Forbes list, with an earning of USD 24.5 million. Mindy Kaling came up third with USD 15 million, followed by a tie for fourth place between Ellen Pompeo and Mariska Hargitay, who both made USD 14.5 million.
By Yoshita Singh | Photo courtesy of Guess.