After becoming a standout character in Nickelodeon’s Drake & Josh, Miranda Cosgrove gained more popularity with her own teen sitcom, iCarly. This made her one of the most affluent child stars of her time. The show also helped her launch a career in music. As of 2022, Miranda Cosgrove has a net worth of $10 million.
Miranda Taylor Cosgrove was born in Los Angeles, California, on May 14, 1993 and is of French, Irish, and English descent. Her mother, Chris, is a homemaker, while her father, Tom, runs a dry-cleaning business.
As a child, she initially dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. However, she started acting at three years old after being discovered by a talent scout in the Taste of LA restaurant.
Throughout her early years, she struggled with body image problems. In sixth grade, she received education while homeschooling. Later, Cosgrove enrolled at the University of Southern California where she majored in psychology.
Rise to Fame
After signing with a talent agency as a child, Miranda modeled for several brands and got into commercials for Mello Yello and McDonald’s. In 2001, she made her television acting debut on The WB’s Smallville.
Two years later, she appeared in her first movie with the box office hit School of Rock. In 2004, she was cast as a supporting actress in the Nickelodeon sitcom Drake & Josh alongside Josh Peck and Drake Bell.
She also played and voiced characters on Cartoon Network and ABC Kids. This further established her as a bright young performer, and was given her own Nickelodeon show, iCarly, after Drake & Josh ended in 2007.
Cosgrove’s musical journey was launched on iCarly, and the show’s theme song served as her debut single. Four tracks from the series’ soundtrack were credited to her. In 2008, she released an EP called About You Now.
Her first studio album, Sparks Fly, came in 2010. In the same year, she started voicing Margo in the animated movie franchise Despicable Me. She later had lead roles in films like 3022 and The Intruders.
Almost a decade after premiering its final season, iCarly was given a revival on the streaming platform Paramount+. Miranda Cosgrove consequently reprised her role as the main character.
Net Worth and Earnings
The New York Post reported that Cosgrove earned $180,000 per episode on iCarly. However, it isn’t disclosed whether this number changed throughout the course of the six seasons. It is estimated that she made between $1.7 to $1.9 million after the show’s finale.
It was enough to make Miranda Cosgrove the highest-paid child actress in 2012. But this wasn’t her only source of income. Many of her movies and music gained moderate success in the mainstream. With this, she earned a fortune of $10 million.
In 2013, Miranda was in a relationship with model Noah Centineo, but she’s been quiet about her dating life ever since. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California, near the home of her iCarly co-star, Jennette McCurdy. The two have remained close friends over the years, much to the delight of iCarly fans.