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Miranda Taylor Cosgrove (born May 14, 1993)[1] is a American film and television actress and pop recording artist. Cosgrove played the roles of Megan Parker in Drake & Josh and title character in iCarly. Her career started at the age of three, participating in television commercials. Cosgrove's film debut was in 2003, as Summer Hathaway in School of Rock. After years of small television appearances, Cosgrove was cast into the hit show Drake & Josh and later in iCarly. Cosgrove earns $180,000 per episode of iCarly, making her the second highest paid child star on television.[2]

Following the success of iCarly, a soundtrack album was released in June 2008, in which she performed four songs. Cosgrove's debut album Sparks Fly was released on April 27, 2010; The Matrix, Dr. Luke, and Espionage worked with her on the Album.

Life and career

Early life and acting interest

Cosgrove was born in Los Angeles, California to Tom, who owns a dry cleaning business,[3] and Chris, a stay-at-home mother.[3] At the age of three, she was discovered by a talent agent[3] while singing and dancing at the Los Angeles restaurant Taste of L.A.[4] Cosgrove stated that when the agent walked up to her and her mom for modeling, she had "never really thought of being an [actress]" and "was lucky".[5] After choosing to take the offer, she appeared in television commercials for McDonald's[6] and Mello Yello,[6] and also modeled.[7] At the age of seven, Cosgrove decided that "[she] loved doing it" and auditioned for theater and television roles.[5]

2001–2006: Rise to fame

Cosgrove's first television appearance was in 2001 as a 5-year old Lana Lang in the pilot of Smallville. Cosgrove then made her film debut with the 2003 film School of Rock. In the movie, she played Summer Hathaway, a young girl with great ambition and discipline who finds herself adjusting to the free-spirited nature of the new teacher by becoming band manager of classroom's rock band. School of Rock was both a box office hit, grossing over $131,282,949 worldwide,[8] and critical success, receiving a 91 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.[9] Cosgrove's acting on the film was praised with David Ansen of Newsweek describing it as "spot on".[10] She said of the experience of working with Jack Black: "The first week it was like, 'Oh, my God, that's Jack Black,' but two weeks later it was fine. He's really funny. Sometimes the director would say, 'Jack you can't make them laugh so much.'"[11] She cited the scene as trying to sing wrong as very difficult. Cosgrove stated that "I got a 45-minute lesson from Jim O'Rourke of Sonic Youth on how to sing badly. I've been taking singing lessons for about five years, so getting to sing badly was new. The director kept saying, 'Try to sing even worse, Miranda,' so it was weird."[6] She is grateful she was in School of Rock, as it exposed her to classic rock songs she was unfamiliar with. "After the movie," said Cosgrove, "I discovered Led Zeppelin and I've taken up the electric guitar".[6]

2004 saw Cosgrove breaking out into the television network. She guest starred in a special episode of the animated series What's New, Scooby-Doo?, as well as guest starring in a season five episode of Grounded For Life, portraying the character of Jessica.[12] Cosgrove also got her first major role in a television series, when she was awarded a main role in the Nickelodeon series, Drake & Josh, alongside Drake Bell and Josh Peck. In the series, she portrayed the mischievous sister of the title character, Megan Parker. The show made its debut on January 11, 2004 and drew positive responses in ratings. Cosgrove said this about show: "It's like a big family. We know each other so well, nothing is embarrassing anymore....It's really comfortable, and it's really fun."[13] While on the show, she was able to develop a partnership with Dan Schneider, known for producing various Nickelodeon shows, such as Zoey 101, The Amanda Show, Kenan & Kel, and All That.

2005 proved to be just as successful. Miranda was awarded the role of 'Munch' in the Disney channel film Here Comes Peter Cottontail: The Movie. In the film, Miranda portrays a new character, A female mouse who is rescued from a hawk by Junior and Flutter, and subsequently comes along for the adventure that the characters must take.[14] Cosgrove also guest-starred on two episodes of the animated comedy, Lilo & Stitch: The Series. The television series, which aired on Disney, is a spin-off of the original film, Lilo & Stitch. Cosgrove was also rewarded her second major role in a theatrical film, when she cast alongside Drake & Josh co-star Drake Bell in the comedy film Yours, Mine and Ours, in which she portrayed the character Joni.[15][16] The film was a minor success at the box office. Yours, Mine and Ours opened at number three, with an opening weekend of $17,461,108 in the US.[17] Its final domestic box office was $53,412,862, and its international box office was $18,615,890, earning a combined total of $72,028,752.[18] Despite it's success at the box office, the film was critically panned. Rotten Tomatoes ranked the film 63rd in the 100 worst reviewed films of the 2000s, with a rating of 5%.[19] Metacritic reports it to have an average score of 38 out of 100, based on 25 reviews.[20] Cosgrove later starred in her third theatrical release, Keeping Up with the Steins, which was released to generally negative reviews from critics. The film was also a failure at the box office.[21][22][23] She also earned a role in the straight to DVD film The Wild Stallion.[23]

2007–present: iCarly and music career

Cosgrove kicked off 2007 by appearing in several Nickelodeon television series. The first of these appeareances was in Zoey 101, which starred Jamie Lynn Spears and Victoria Justice. Cosgrove portrayed a young student named Paige, who is going to install her new energy converter to make PCA run on "Paige Power". This upsets Quinn because she realizes that she may no longer be the smartest girl on campus, and she gives up science. Cosgrove later guest starred on an episode of Just Jordan. In the episode, Jordan gets a new piano player named Lindsey (Miranda Cosgrove) to save his basketball career. This goes wrong when Lindsey's desire to be normal gets out of hand. Then his coach threatens his role on the team when he has to return Lindsey to her old self. Cosgrove later guest starred on an episode of Unfabulous, which starred Emma Roberts. In the episode, Cosgrove guest starred as a sweet girl named Cosmina. 2007 saw the end of Drake & Josh, with the final episode airing on September 16, 2007. However, Cosgrove was already in the works of starring in her own series, titled iCarly.

Schneider tailored iCarly around the interest young people have in the internet. A unique part of this show is the fact that viewers may submit their own videos and also be included in the show. Cosgrove said of the audience participation aspect, "When I first heard about the idea, I thought it was so cool. If I were home and watching TV, I'd want to send in a video."[24] The show has been a success. By the summer of 2008, the show was the third highest rated in the 9-14 demographic. The "iCarly Saves TV" special extended episode, became the most-viewed entertainment show on cable TV in June 2008.[6]

Cosgrove's debut as a recording artist began with the iCarly theme song "Leave It All to Me". The song features her former Drake & Josh castmate Drake Bell and is written by Michael Corcoran, one of Bell's band members. It was released as a single in December 2007 through digital distribution[25] and eventually peaked at number one-hundred on the Billboard Hot 100.[26] The album debuted at number one on the Billboard Kid Albums chart.[27] In June 2008, Columbia Records released the iCarly soundtrack, which featured four songs performed by Cosgrove ("Leave It All to Me", "Stay My Baby", "About You Now", and "Headphones On").[28] Critical reception for her performance was positive. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic stated that Cosgrove proved "herself to be an appealingly spunky singer" and the "good tunes" she performed "[made] the most of her girlish talents".[28] However, Erlewine noted that the "focus [was] not on her" because of other artists, she but rather "[blended] in the mix".[28] The following promotional single "Stay My Baby" failed to reach charts, but "About You Now" reached number forty-seven on the Hot 100 in January 2009, becoming her most successful single to date.[29]

Following all the success of the iCarly soundtrack, Cosgrove became one of MTV's Female Pop Rookies of 2009.[30] In December 2008, a cover of the holiday song "Christmas Wrapping" was released to promote the hour long special "Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh".[31] On February 3, 2009, Cosgrove released her first solo recording, the extended play About You Now, exclusively on the iTunes Store.[32] The extended play featured the title track, a remix of it, and a remix of "Stay My Baby", as well as two new songs "F.Y.I." and "Party Girl".[32] To promote the 2009 animated film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Columbia Records released a single entitled "Raining Sunshine" with an accompanying music video in August 2009.[33]

Since July 2008, plans for a debut album have been active.[34] In an interview with MTV News, Cosgrove discussed the forthcoming album.[34] Cosgrove reported to be "co-writing and getting really into" the album, as oppose to the iCarly soundtrack in which she "just picked songs that meant a lot to [her], that [she] really liked."[34] She also described the album as "still pop rock fun" in comparison to her previous work on the iCarly soundtrack, though "a little more mature".[34] Themes for the album are "love songs and just fun songs about hanging out with your girlfriends".[34] When releasing About You Now, Cosgrove further elaborated on the album's concepts.[35] She described working with producers and songwriters The Matrix and Dr. Luke as "definitely different".[35] Cosgrove also worked with songwriters Leah Haywood and Daniel James,[36] and said that "most of the songs are fun, pop, rock-girl empowerment".[35] She noted that "there's one ballad that's kind of sad" and that "it's called 'What Are You Waiting For?' It's about a girl who likes a guy [but he doesn't feel the same way]".[35] She added it's something she's experienced in her own life: "I definitely have guys that I'm friends with that I have a crush on, and you don't want to ruin the friendship".[35] Nickelodeon has announced the album will be released in April 2010,[37]Template:Update after and the first single from her album, "Kissin' U", was premiered on Ryan Seacrest's radio show on March 12, 2010, and released to iTunes on March 23, 2010.[38]

She signed with Neutrogena on February 12, 2010, as an ambassador for the well-known skincare and cosmetics company.[39] On March 17, 2010, it was reported that Cosgrove had signed a deal, reportedly in the "low- to mid-seven-figure range" to do 26 additional episodes of iCarly.[40] Cosgrove voiced a character in Universal Studios' 3-D computer animated feature Despicable Me, released in July 2010. In January 2011, Cosgrove revealed that her new extended play would be titled High Maintenance,[41] and also released the first single from the same. The song, titled "Dancing Crazy", was written by Max Martin, Shellback, and Avril Lavigne, and produced by Martin and Shellback.[42] With three weeks of airplay, the song debuted at number forty on the US Billboard Adult Pop Songs.[41]


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Films made for television or video
Year Title Role Distributor
2005 Here Comes Peter Cottontail: The Movie Munch Classic Media
2006 The Wild Stallion Hannah Mills Myriad Pictures
2008 Merry Christmas Drake & Josh Megan Parker Nickelodeon/Schneider's Bakery
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Smallville Young Lana Lang "Pilot" (Season 1, Episode 1)
2004 Grounded for Life Jessica "You Better You Bet" (Season 5, Episode 5)
2004 What's New, Scooby-Doo? Mirand Wright Voice[43]
2004–2007 Drake & Josh Megan Parker Main Role
2005 Lilo & Stitch: The Series Girl / Sarah 2 Episodes - Shush: Experiment (S2E34) & Morpholomew: Experiment (S3E16)[43]
2007 Zoey 101 Paige Howard "Paige at PCA" (Season 3, Episode 13)
Just Jordan Lindsey Chandler "Piano Stressin" (Season 1, Episode 13)
Unfabulous Cosmina "The Talent Show" (Season 3, Episode 1)
2007–present iCarly Carly Shay Lead Role
2008 The Naked Brothers Band Herself "Mystery Girl" (Season 3, Episode 1)
2010 7 Secrets with Miranda Cosgrove Herself Nickelodeon Special (Apr. 24, 2010)
2010 The Good Wife Sloan Burchfield Bad Girls (Season 2, Episode 7)[44]
2010 Big Time Rush Herself Big Time Christmas



Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2004 Young Artist Award[45] Best Young Ensemble in a Feature Film School of Rock Template:Nom
MTV Movie Awards[46] Best On-Screen Team Template:Nom
2006 Young Artist Awards[47][48][49] Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast Yours, Mine and Ours Template:Nom
2007 Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Supporting Young Actress Drake & Josh Template:Nom
2008 Best Performance in a TV Series – Leading Young Actress iCarly Template:Nom
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Show Template:Nom
Drake and Josh Template:Won
2009 Favorite Television Actress iCarly Template:Nom
Favorite TV Show (Shared with cast of iCarly) Template:Won
Young Artist Awards[50] Outstanding Young Performers in a TV Series Template:Nom
Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actress Template:Won
Teen Choice Awards[51][52] Choice TV Actress: Comedy Template:Nom
2010 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Television Actress Template:Nom
Favorite TV Show (shared with the cast of iCarly) Template:Won
Young Artist Awards[53] Outstanding Young Performers in a TV Series Template:Nom
Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actress Template:Nom
Teen Choice Awards[54] Choice TV Actress: Comedy Template:Nom
Choice Smile Herself Template:Nom
Choice Music: Breakout Artist—Female Sparks Fly Template:Nom
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards México Favorite International Character of Series: Female Carly Shay Template:Won
Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Award Favorite TV Star iCarly Template:Nom
2011 Producers Guild of America Awards 2010 Favorite Animated Feature Despicable Me Template:Nom
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Television Actress iCarly Template:Pending
Favorite TV Show (shared with the cast of iCarly) Template:Pending


  • Played the sister of Drake Bell in both "Drake & Josh" (2004) and Yours, Mine and Ours (2005).
  • Her role models are Anne Hathaway and Rachel McAdams.
  • She began homeschooling after elementary school.
  • Favorite color is purple.
  • In 2008, she admitted that, despite loving earrings, she could only wear clip-ons because she didn't have pierced ears as she was scared of the pain. She eventually got them done early in 2010.
  • Her celebrity crushes are Shia LaBeouf, Orlando Bloom and 'Robert Pattinson'.
  • Her favorite artists are Gwen Stefani, Avril Lavigne and Paramore.
  • Her favorite movie is Mean Girls (2004).


  • I play Guitar Hero and Rock Band a lot but I'm not very good.
  • I love wearing a lot of jewelry like bracelets and a ton of necklaces. I love wearing earrings too, although I can only wear clip-ons as I'm scared to pierce my ears. I'd love to get them done, but I just can't get up the courage to do it.
  • (on appearing on The Dr. Phil Show): It was great. We had such a good time. Never a dull moment on set, considering the 18 kids. It never got boring.
  • (on her film Yours, Mine and Ours): I'm an only child, and after making the movie, I know it would be awesome to have 17 brothers and sisters in real life. My character's name is Joni North and I'm kind of like the rooster in the family because I have to wake everybody up every morning with my saxophone. I've never played saxophone before, this is my first time. I got to take a couple of lessons, and it was so much fun.
  • (on appearing in School of Rock): Being in the movie was really cool. Sometimes we had to do takes over, but Jack always kept us going. He was fun. I've been acting since I was 2, so I've been doing it for about 7 years. I did the screen test for my fourth audition and I met Jack Black, and I really wanted it, and two weeks later I got the call to pack my bags and come to New York.
  • I'm lucky because all of my friends are from elementary school, so they just see me as the same dorky Miranda that they knew before. So they still think I'm a total dork, the TV show doesn't help. Drake always says not to act like you're better than everybody else, because a lot of people get into acting, and they get like a commercial or something, and they think they're a big star, which is terrible. So he's helped me with that, not acting like you're really great?
  • It's crazy when I watch myself on TV. I'm always thinking like 'oh no how could I have done that', and I go crazy like seeing these little things that I do that probably other people would never even notice and stuff like that.
  • (After getting her ears pierced in 2010): I'd been wanting to get my ears pierced for a long time, as I love earrings, but I was always too scared of the pain to get them done. But it got to the stage where all of my friends had got theirs pierced and I was the only one not to have them done. So I managed to screw up the courage to go and get them done and it didn't hurt at all when they did them. In fact, I didn't realise that they were pierced until they told me that they'd done them. And I really love having them done - I'm still getting used to it, but I love buying and trying new earrings and experimenting with new looks.
  • I actually fence, and I horseback ride, and I play the guitar, which is really fun. Basically, I just hang out with my friends and go see movies constantly. I'm a movie junkie, I love movies. We have a Friday night movie thing, everybody from Drake and Josh meets and we go see a movie every Friday night.


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