McCurdy at the 2012 Hall of Game Awards
June 26, 1992|
Long Beach, California, U.S.
|Residence||Studio City, California, U.S.|
Jennette McCurdy (born June 26, 1992) is an American actress, producer, screenwriter, and singer. She is known for playing Sam Puckett on the Nickelodeon sitcom iCarly and its spin-off series Sam & Cat. McCurdy has also appeared in a number of television series, including Victorious, Zoey 101, True Jackson VP, Malcolm in the Middle, and Lincoln Heights, and has also produced, written, and starred in her own online series titled What's Next for Sarah?. From May 2015 to August 2016, she starred in the Netflix/City drama series Between as Wiley Day.
Jennette McCurdy was born on June 26, 1992 in Long Beach, California, and grew up in Garden Grove, California. She is of Dutch, English, French, Irish, Italian, and Swedish descent. McCurdy reportedly became interested in acting upon watching Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope after her mother recovered from breast cancer. However, in a 2014 appearance on the podcast You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes, she said that this was not entirely true.
McCurdy started her acting career in 2000 at the age of eight on MADtv. Since then she appeared in television series, including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Malcolm in the Middle, Lincoln Heights, Will & Grace, The Penguins of Madagascar, Zoey 101, True Jackson, VP, Law and Order SVU, Medium, Judging Amy, The Inside, Karen Sisco, Over There, and Close to Home. In 2003, she had the chance to act with her inspiration, Harrison Ford, in the film Hollywood Homicide. In 2005, she was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Television Series - Guest Starring Young Actress for her performance in Strong Medicine as Hailey Campos. She has also appeared in several commercials, such as one for Sprint and a public service announcement on crossing the road safely.
In 2007, she won a starring role in the Nickelodeon TV series iCarly as Sam Puckett, a series she would be a part of until its end in 2012. In 2008, she was nominated for a Young Artist Award for her work on iCarly and her performance as Dory Sorenson in the TV movie The Last Day of Summer. She was nominated for a 2009 Teen Choice Award in the Favorite TV Sidekick category for her work on iCarly. She played Bertha in Fred: The Movie, a movie based on a YouTube series about Fred Figglehorn.
In June 2008, McCurdy announced on her official website that she was working on her debut album. The first single, "So Close", was released on March 10, 2009. On May 19 her cover of the Amanda Stott song "Homeless Heart" was released. The song was released in honor of McCurdy's recently deceased friend Cody Waters, who died at the age of nine from brain cancer, and 20% of the proceeds were donated to the Cody Waters Foundation. She met Waters through St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. In mid-2009, McCurdy signed with country music label Capitol Records Nashville. On April 16, 2010, samples of select songs from McCurdy's upcoming debut country album were released online. The song clips were released in order for fans to vote for which one they believed should be McCurdy's first single. "Not That Far Away" received the most votes, and was released to country radio on May 24, 2010 and iTunes on June 1.
She released an EP on August 17, 2010, which included "Not That Far Away" and three new songs: "Stronger", "Put Your Arms Around Someone", and "Break Your Heart". The iTunes version included "Me with You" as a bonus track. "Stronger" was later included on Now That's What I Call Music! Vol. 35, released on August 31, 2010. McCurdy's second single, "Generation Love", was released as a digital download on March 22, 2011, followed by its release to radio April 25, 2011. Capitol Nashville released McCurdy's self-named seven-track EP on February 8, 2012 at clothing retailer Justice. The full-length, ten-track edition was released to iTunes on June 5, 2012 and is her first full-length album. On July 11, 2012, Fanlala released an interview with McCurdy in which she confirmed that she has since left Capitol Records Nashville, saying, "I'm kind of between projects right now. I actually just left Capitol Records recently. I'm really just deciding what else I want to do next. Right now I'm working on my new show, and I'm just figuring out where I should take my music from here." On July 31, 2012, How to Rock released an interview with McCurdy, in which she talked about her acting and music careers. A follow-up interview was released on August 8, in which McCurdy reflects on her music career.
She starred alongside Ariana Grande in the Nickelodeon series Sam & Cat, reprising her role as Sam Puckett, with Grande reprising her role as Cat Valentine. The series' plot centers on the girls becoming roommates and starting their own babysitting business. It premiered on June 8, 2013. In 2014 McCurdy along with good friend and former co-star Miranda Cosgrove were absent from the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards. Explaining her absence, McCurdy stated that Nickelodeon put her in an "uncomfortable, compromising, unfair situation" where she had to look out for herself, and McCurdy and Grande were having problems with the network over their respective salaries, and that McCurdy accused Nickelodeon of paying Grande more money. The network placed Sam & Cat into hiatus. The network initially stated that the hiatus was planned and that the series was not cancelled. On July 13, 2014, Nickelodeon announced that, after only one season, Sam & Cat was cancelled. In an interview on Entertainment Pop, McCurdy mentioned that she later made up with Grande.
On August 13, 2014, McCurdy launched the online show What's Next for Sarah?. She served as the star of the series as well as the writer of the show, along with duties as executive producer and editor. She says that the show is based loosely on her life and that the character she plays, Sarah Bronson, is based on her.
In August 2016, McCurdy signed a deal to develop projects with digital production company Canvas Media Studios to further utilize her social media connections with fans. She also starred as Claire in the psychological thriller film Pet.
In 2011 McCurdy began writing articles in the Wall Street Journal. She has written a total of eight articles for the paper, on various topics ranging from Shirley Temple to body shaming and the corporate culture of smoke and mirrors. She is a columnist for Seventeen magazine. She has also written for The Huffington Post.
McCurdy composed an article titled "Off-Camera, My Mom's Fight With Cancer", which was published in the Wall Street Journal in June 2011. It describes in detail her mother Debra's ongoing battle with cancer and how her family coped with the situation. The article also features advice from McCurdy on living with such a situation. On September 20, 2013, her mother died after battling cancer for 17 years.
|2001||Shadow Fury||Anna Markov|
|2002||My Daughter's Tears||Mary Fields|
|2003||Hollywood Homicide||Van Family Daughter|
|2003||Taylor Simmons||Amanda Simmons|
|2004||Breaking Dawn||Little Girl|
|2005||See Anthony Run||Lucy||Short film|
|2010||Fred: The Movie||Bertha|
|2011||The Death and Return of Superman||Eradicator Folks||Short film|
|2013||Snowflake, the White Gorilla||Petunia||Voice role|
|2014||Almost Heroes 3D||Sue||Voice role|
|2000||Mad TV||Cassidy Gifford||Episode 6.1|
|2002||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Jackie Trent||Episode: "Cats in the Cradle"|
|2003, 2005||Malcolm in the Middle||Daisy / Penelope||Episodes: "If Boys Were Girls", "Buseys Take a Hostage"|
|2004||Karen Sisco||Josie Boyle||Episode: "No One's Girl"|
|2004||Strong Medicine||Hailey Campos||Episode: "Selective Breeding"|
|2004||Tiger Cruise||Kiley Dolan||Television film|
|2005||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Holly Purcell||Episode: "Contagious"|
|2005||Medium||Sara Crewson||Episode: "Coded"|
|2005||Judging Amy||Amber Reid||Episode: "My Name is Amy Gray"|
|2005||The Inside||Madison St. Clair||Episode: "Everything Nice"|
|2005||Over There||Lynne||Episode: "Situation Normal"|
|2005||Zoey 101||Trisha Kirby||Episode: "Bad Girl"|
|2006||Will & Grace||Lisa||Episode: "Von Trapped"|
|2006||Close to Home||Stacy Johnson||Episode: "Escape"|
|2006||Against Type||Meredith||Television film|
|2007||The Last Day of Summer||Dory Sorenson||Television film|
|2007||Lincoln Heights||Beckie||3 episodes|
|2009||Fred: The Movie||Bertha||Television film|
|2009, 2010||True Jackson, VP||Pinky Turzo||Episodes: "Amanda Hires a Pink", "True Drama"|
|2010||The Cleveland Show||Girl #1||Voice role; episode: "Little Man on Campus"|
|2010||Glenn Martin, DDS||Mazy||Voice role; episode: "Courtney's Pony"|
|2010, 2015||The Penguins of Madagascar||Becky||Voice role; episodes: "Badger Pride", "Tunnel of Love"|
|2011||Cupcake Wars||Herself||Guest judge; episode: "Jennette McCurdy Country Cupcakes"|
|2011||Big Time Rush||Training Fan||Episode: "Big Time Concert"|
|2011||Best Player||Christina "Prodigy" Saunders||Television film|
Ponnie / Fawn Liebowitz
|Crossover movie: "iParty with Victorious"|
Special guest star, episode: "Crazy Ponnie"
|2012||Bucket & Skinner's Epic Adventures||Devon||Episode: "Epic Break-Up"|
|2012||Camp Orange||Herself||Co-host (season 8)|
|2013||Ben and Kate||Bethany||Episode: "Gone Fishin'"|
|2013||Swindle||Savannah Westcott||Television film|
|2013-2014||Sam & Cat||Sam Puckett
|2014||What's Next for Sarah?||Sarah Bronson||Web series; lead role; also writer, creator, and executive producer|
|2014||The Birthday Boys||Kendra Taylor||Episode: "Love Date Hump"|
|2015||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Allie Dawson||Episode: "Simon Helberg Wears a Sky Blue Button Down and Jeans"|
|2015-2016||Between||Wiley Day||Main role|
|2016||Robot Chicken||Skipper, Nany, Nurse||Voice role; episodes: "Joel Hurwitz"|
|2016||The Eric Andre Show||Herself||Episode: "Jack Black / Jennette McCurdy"|
|2017||8 Bodies||TJ||Web short; main role; also writer, director and executive producer|
|2017||Wine and Cheese||Jen||Web short; main role; writer, director and executive producer|
|Not That Far Away||
|"--" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.|
|"So Close"||2009||--||--||Non-album single|
|"Not That Far Away"||2010||58||58||Not That Far Away|
|"Generation Love"||2011||44||44||Jennette McCurdy|
|"--" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.|
|2005||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a Television Series - Guest Starring Young Actress||Strong Medicine||Nominated|||
|2008||Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special - Supporting Young Actress||The Last Day of Summer||Nominated|||
|Best Performance in a TV Series - Supporting Young Actress||iCarly||Nominated|||
|2009||Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Supporting Young Actress||iCarly||Nominated|||
|Outstanding Young Ensemble in a TV Series||iCarly||Nominated|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Sidekick||iCarly||Nominated|||
|2010||Young Artist Awards||Outstanding Young Performers in a TV Series||iCarly||Nominated|||
|Australian Kids' Choice Awards||LOL Award (shared with cast)||iCarly||Won|||
|2011||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite TV Sidekick||iCarly||Won|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV: Female Scene Stealer||iCarly||Nominated|||
|Choice Music: Female Country Artist||Jennette McCurdy||Nominated|||
|Australian Kids' Choice Awards||LOL Award||iCarly||Won|||
|Meus Prmios Nick Brazil||Funniest Character||iCarly||Won|||
|2012||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite TV Sidekick||iCarly||Won|||
|2013||Australian Kids' Choice Awards||Aussie's Fave Nick Star||Jennette McCurdy||Nominated|||
|2014||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite TV Actress||Sam & Cat||Nominated|||
...watching the original 'Star Wars' movies, episodes 4, 5 and 6. We'd watch them over and over every day... [McCurdy's mother] recovered and everything and a couple of years after, (one of the films) came out on the big screen. It was a huge deal for our family since it helped us get through a lot of tough times. We went to go see it as a family, and it touched me so much that I turned to my mom and said, 'Mommy, I want to be in the movies, like Han Solo.'