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Miranda Cosgrove
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Cosgrove in April 2022
Miranda Taylor Cosgrove

(1993-05-14) May 14, 1993 (age 31)
Alma mater University of Southern California
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active 1996–present
Awards Full list
Musical career
Instruments Vocals
Associated acts
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Miranda Taylor Cosgrove (born May 14, 1993) is an American actress and singer. She was the highest-paid child actor in 2012 and was included on Forbes magazine's "30 Under 30" list in 2022. She is known for her career on television, particularly for her work in comedy drama productions, commercials, and hosting.

Cosgrove began her career at the age of seven, making several appearances in television commercials. Thereafter, she made her acting debut as Summer Hathaway in Richard Linklater's comedy film School of Rock (2003). She went on to play a number of minor television roles before starring as Megan Parker on the sitcom Drake & Josh (2004–2007); this established her as a child actress and introduced her to a wider audience.

Cosgrove further rose to prominence starring as Carly Shay in the teen sitcom iCarly (2007–2012), for which she earned several accolades, including two Young Artist Awards and four Kids' Choice Awards. She made her musical debut in 2008 with the titular soundtrack album for the series in which she performed four songs. In 2009, she debuted her first extended play, About You Now. Her debut studio album, Sparks Fly, was released in April 2010. The album featured the single "Kissin U" which peaked at number 54 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified gold. Her second extended play, High Maintenance, was released the following year.

Cosgrove is the voice of Margo in the animated film series Despicable Me (2010–present), which is the highest-grossing animated film franchise and the 15th highest-grossing film franchise of all time. She has starred in leading roles in the films The Intruders (2015), 3022 (2019), and North Hollywood (2021). Cosgrove hosts the CBS television show Mission Unstoppable with Miranda Cosgrove (2019–present), which earned her a Daytime Emmy Award nomination. She reprised the role of Carly Shay on the iCarly revival series of the same name (2021–2023), which she also executive-produced.

Early life

Cosgrove was born in Los Angeles, California to Tom Cosgrove, who owns a dry-cleaning business, and Chris (née Casey), a homemaker. She has said that she is of Irish, English, and French descent. An only child, she was homeschooled from sixth grade onwards. Prior to becoming an actress, she wanted to be a veterinarian.


1996–2003: Early years and breakthrough

At the age of three, she was discovered by a talent agent while singing and dancing at the Los Angeles restaurant Taste of L.A. Cosgrove says that when the agent approached her and her mother, she had "never really thought of being an actress" and "was lucky". She then appeared in numerous television commercials for McDonald's and Mello Yello, and also modeled for various brands. At the age of seven, she began auditioning for theater and television roles. Her first television appearance was in 2001 when she provided the voice of young Lana Lang in the pilot episode of Smallville.

Cosgrove made her film debut in 2003's School of Rock, directed by Richard Linklater. 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 her new music teacher (Jack Black). School of Rock was both a box office hit, grossing over $130 million worldwide, and a critical success, receiving a score of 91% on Rotten Tomatoes. Cosgrove's acting in the film received praise, with David Ansen of Newsweek describing it as "spot on". She cited the scene in which her character tries to sing as particularly difficult: "[I'd] 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."

2004–2006: Rise to prominence and Drake & Josh

Miranda Cosgrove at 2009 MTV VMA's
Cosgrove at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards

In 2004, Cosgrove landed her first major role in a television series when she was cast in the Nickelodeon series Drake & Josh, alongside Drake Bell and Josh Peck. In the series, she portrayed Megan Parker, the mischievous younger sister of the title characters. In 2005, Cosgrove was awarded the role of Munch in the Cartoon Network film Here Comes Peter Cottontail: The Movie. In the film, Cosgrove portrays a female mouse who is rescued from a hawk by Junior and Flutter and who goes on to join them on their adventure. Cosgrove also guest-starred on two episodes of the animated comedy, Lilo & Stitch: The Series. She also received her second major role in a theatrical film when she cast alongside her Drake & Josh co-star Drake Bell in the comedy film Yours, Mine & Ours. The film performed mildly at the box office. Yours, Mine & Ours opened in third place, earning $17 million at the U.S. box office during its first weekend. Cosgrove's third theatrical release, Keeping Up with the Steins, was released in 2006. It received generally negative reviews from critics and performed poorly at the box office.

2007–2012: iCarly and recording debut

Cosgrove made guest appearances in a number of Nickelodeon series, the first of which was Zoey 101. Cosgrove later guest starred on an episode of Unfabulous, which starred Emma Roberts. Cosgrove was cast as the titular lead character in the sitcom iCarly, which premiered on September 8, 2007. Creator Dan Schneider tailored iCarly around the interest young people have in the internet; viewers could submit their own videos and be included in the sitcom. The final Drake & Josh episode was aired on September 16, 2007. By the summer of 2008, iCarly was the third highest rated series in the 9–14 demographic. The "iCarly Saves TV" special became the most-viewed entertainment show on cable television in June 2008.

Cosgrove's debut as a recording artist began with the iCarly theme song "Leave It All to Me", which featured Drake Bell and was released as a single on December 2, 2007. In June 2008, Columbia Records released the iCarly soundtrack, which featured four songs performed by Cosgrove and debuted at number one on the Billboard Kid Albums chart. "Stay My Baby" was released as a promotional single from the album. In December 2008, a cover of the holiday song "Christmas Wrapping" was released to promote the hour-long special Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh. On January 28, 2009, Cosgrove released "About You Now" as the lead single from her upcoming debut extended play of the same name, that was released on February 3, 2008. "About You Now" peaked at number 47 on the Billboard Hot 100. To promote the 2009 animated film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Columbia Records released the promotional single "Raining Sunshine" with an accompanying music video in August 2009. Cosgrove became one of MTV's Female Pop Rookies of 2009. The same year, Cosgrove had a role in the straight-to-DVD film The Wild Stallion (2009).

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Cosgrove at the 2010 MuchMusic Video Awards

On March 17, 2010, it was reported that Cosgrove signed a deal, reportedly in the "low- to mid-seven-figure range" to do 26 additional episodes of iCarly. Cosgrove also voiced Margo in Universal Studios' 3-D computer-animated feature Despicable Me, released in July 2010. In 2010, Cosgrove worked with songwriters The Matrix, Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Leah Haywood and Daniel James for her debut studio album, later revealed to be titled Sparks Fly. "Kissin U" was released as the sole single from Sparks Fly and premiered on Ryan Seacrest's radio show on March 12, 2010. "Kissin U" became Cosgrove's best-selling single release, peaking at number 54 on the Billboard Hot 100 and being certified gold. Sparks Fly was released in April 2010 and peaked at number 8 on the US Billboard 200 chart. In January 2011, Cosgrove revealed that her follow-up EP would be titled High Maintenance. The first single from the EP, "Dancing Crazy", was written by Max Martin, Shellback and Avril Lavigne, and produced by Martin and Shellback. The single peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 100.

On January 24, 2011, she embarked on the Dancing Crazy Tour. The tour began in Missouri, traveled throughout the United States, and ended in Ohio. On July 15, 2011, the tour continued with the title, Dancing Crazy Summer Tour; Cosgrove traveled the United States and Canada and performed at music festivals and state fairs. On May 17, 2012, it was announced that iCarly's sixth season would be its last. The series finale, "iGoodbye", aired on November 23, 2012. On January 24, 2012, Cosgrove was featured on the iCarly soundtrack, iCarly: iSoundtrack II. Following the filming of iCarly's finale in June 2012, Cosgrove embarked on a new tour dubbed the Summer Tour in July and August 2012.

2013–2021: Professional expansion

On February 15, 2013, Deadline reported that Cosgrove would star in Girlfriend in a Coma, a television series written by Liz Brixius for NBC and adapted from the novel of the same title by Douglas Coupland. However, following production difficulties, the project was canceled. Cosgrove again voiced Margo in Despicable Me 2, released on June 5. In 2013, she appeared in the animated short films Training Wheels as Margo and Gru's Girls as Savana. In December, she announced on The Today Show that she was recording a new album. In 2014, Cosgrove performed voice work in the animated film A Mouse Tale, which was released on February 10, 2015. Cosgrove also starred in the horror film The Intruders with Austin Butler, portraying the role of Rose Halshford.

Cosgrove was cast in the NBC sitcom Crowded, which aired from March 15 to May 22, 2016. In 2017, Cosgrove reprised her role as Margo once again in Despicable Me 3, which was released on June 14, 2017. In 2019, Cosgrove appeared in the limited budget Netflix science fiction film 3022. Since 2019, she has been the host of Mission Unstoppable with Miranda Cosgrove, a show which airs on CBS and earned the actress a Daytime Emmy Award nomination in 2020. In 2021, Cosgrove played Rachel in the independent film North Hollywood.

2021–present: iCarly revival and more films

Cosgrove reprises her role as Carly Shay in an iCarly revival, which premiered on Paramount+ in June 2021, and its second season premiered in April 2022. She additionally serves as an executive producer for the series, on which Cosgrove stated "I knew from a really young age how the executive producer of the show pretty much got to decide almost every aspect, now I get to have a say in everything." The first season received a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Cosgrove hosted the 2022 Kids' Choice Awards alongside Rob Gronkowski on April 9, 2022, where she won the award for Favorite Female TV Star, marking her second win from the Kids' Choice Awards. She was also included on Forbes magazine's "30 Under 30" list in 2022.

Cosgrove will reprise the role of Margo in Despicable Me 4, which is set for release in 2024.

Personal life

Cosgrove attended the University of Southern California in 2012.

She is an active supporter of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. She also visits other children's hospitals and considers Education Through Music one of her favorite charities. She is a national spokesperson for Light the Night Walk, an organization that creates awareness for blood cancer.



Year Title Role Notes
2003 School of Rock Summer Hathaway
2005 Yours, Mine & Ours Joni North
2006 Drake & Josh Go Hollywood Megan Parker
Greatest Ever Comedy Movies Herself Documentary
Khan Kluay Kon Suay Voice role
Keeping Up with the Steins Karen Sussman
2008 Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh Megan Parker
2009 The Wild Stallion Hannah Mills
2010 Despicable Me Margo Voice role
Despicable Me: Home Makeover Voice role; short film
2011 Our Deal Night Creepers Short film
2013 Despicable Me 2 Margo Voice role
Despicable Me: Training Wheels Voice role; short film
2015 A Mouse Tale Samantha Voice role
The Intruders Rose Halshford
2017 Despicable Me 3 Margo Voice role
2019 Despicable Me: Minion Scouts Voice role; short film
3022 Lisa Brown
2021 North Hollywood Rachel
2024 Despicable Me 4 Margo Voice role
2024 Drugstore June TBA Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Grounded for Life Jessica Episode: "You Better You Bet"
What's New, Scooby-Doo? Miranda Wright Episode: "A Terrifying Round with a Menacing Metallic Clown"; voice role
2004–2007 Drake & Josh Megan Parker Main role
2005 Lilo & Stitch: The Series Sarah Episode: "Morpholomew: Experiment"; voice role
All That Herself Episode: "10th Anniversary Reunion Special"
Here Comes Peter Cottontail: The Movie Munch Voice role; television film
2006 Drake & Josh Go Hollywood Megan Parker Television film
2007 Zoey 101 Paige Howard Episode: "Paige at PCA"
Just Jordan Lindsey Chandler Episode: "Piano Stressin"
Unfabulous Cosmina Episode: "The Talent Show"
2007–2012 iCarly Carly Shay Main role
2008 The Naked Brothers Band Herself Episode: "Mystery Girl: Part Two"
Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh Megan Parker Television film
2010 7 Secrets with Miranda Cosgrove Herself Television documentary
The Good Wife Sloan Burchfield Episode: "Bad Girls"
Big Time Christmas Herself Television film
2016 Crowded Shea Moore Main role
2019–present Mission Unstoppable Host
2020 The Goldbergs Elana Reid Episode: "Preventa Mode"
Minions Holiday Special Narrator (voice) Television special
2021–2023 iCarly Carly Shay Main role
Also executive producer

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Drake & Josh Megan Parker Character design
Drake & Josh: Talent Showdown
2009 iCarly Carly Shay Voice role
2010 iCarly 2: iJoin the Click!


  • Sparks Fly (2010)


  • Dancing Crazy Tour (2011)
  • Summer Tour (2012)

Awards and nominations

Cosgrove has won two Young Artist Awards and two Kids' Choice Awards, as well as receiving a number of nominations from both. She has won various awards in recognition for her public image. In the 2012 edition of the Guinness World Records, Cosgrove was listed as the highest paid child actress, for her work on iCarly. In 2020, she received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for her work on Mission Unstoppable with Miranda Cosgrove.

See also

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