Hollywood’s highest-paid TV actresses of 2014

Sofia Vergara of Modern Family
Sofia Vergara of Modern Family

Sofia Vergara, the sexy and sultry actress on ABC’s hit TV show ‘Modern Family,’ was the highest paid actress last year on U.S. television, with estimated earnings of US$37 million, according to Forbes magazine.

It’s the third consecutive year that the Colombian-born actress took the top spot on this list.

Vergara, who is currently dating True Blood’s Joe Manganiello, reportedly earned US$325,000 per episode for her work on the popular sitcom last year.

In addition to Vergara’s TV work, the 42-year-old actress also made money from her endorsement deals with beverage, cosmetic, clothing and other companies. She also co-founded Latin World Entertainment, a talent, management and entertainment marketing firm, according to Forbes.

Vergara’s remarkable $37-million earnings in 2013 was way more than the top-earning TV actor, Ashton Kutcher, who earned US$26 million last year.

Sitting at No.2 is Mariska Hargitay of NBC’s ‘Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.’ The Emmy-winning actress earned about US$13 million last year, while Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, 28, of CBS’s ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ came in third, with US$11 million.

Rounding out the top spots were Julianna Margulies of the CBS legal drama ‘The Good Wife’ in a three-way tie with Ellen Pompeo of the ABC drama ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and Cobie Smulders of the CBS sitcom ‘How I Met Your Mother.’ These actresses earned an estimate of US$10 million each.

Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother) took the No. 7 spot with US$9.5 million; funny woman Amy Poehler (Parks & Recreation) stood at No. 8 with US$7 million; Mindy Kaling of ‘the Mindy Project’ reportedly earned US$6.5 million in 2013. Kerry Washington of ‘Scandal,’ ‘New Girl’ Zooey Deschanel and sitcom veteran Courteney Cox finished the top 10 in a 3-way tie.