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Vergara retains top spot

  • Vergara retains top spotSofía Vergara. IMAGE: FayesVision/WENN.com

Modern Family star still highest-paid actress

Modern Family star Sofia Vergara has maintained her title as the highest-paid actress on TV for the sixth year running.

The Colombian beauty tops the annual Forbes magazine poll with an estimated $41.5 million (£30.9 million) in pre-tax earnings for the year since 1 June, 2016, thanks to her multiple licensing and endorsement deals with companies like CoverGirl, Head & Shoulders, and Pepsi.

Interestingly, only a quarter of her income is from her work as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett on hit TV comedy Modern Family, which has earned her multiple Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy nominations since the show's launch in 2009.

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Sofia easily tops the new list ahead of Kaley Cuoco, who places second with $26 million.

The bulk of her earnings come from her popular sitcom The Big Bang Theory, for which she is paid $1 million per episode.

Pregnant The Mindy Project star Mindy Kaling and Grey's Anatomy's Ellen Pompeo tie for number three with $13 million each, while Mariska Hargitay, of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit fame, rounds out the top five with $12.5 million).

Also landing mentions in the top 10 are Sofia's Modern Family co-star Julie Bowen, Scandal's Kerry Washington, Quantico actress Priyanka Chopra, Robin Wright from House of Cards, and NCIS' Pauley Perrette.

Collectively, the 10 highest-paid television actresses of 2017 banked $156.5 million.

The news emerges weeks after Oscar winner Emma Stone was crowned the highest-paid movie actress in another Forbes ranking, with an income of $26 million.