You'll Never Guess What The Cast Of The Big Bang Theory Look Like In Real Life

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John Galecki as Leonard Hofstadter – Then


Leonard is one of the original cast members. He has appeared on every episode of the show since the very first pilot. His character is the roommate and best friend of the brilliant Sheldon Cooper. The pair work together at the local university. The gorgeous neighbor from across the hall, the lovable Penny, captures Leonard’s heart. The two finally wed in the ninth season of the show, much to the delight of the show’s fans.
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John Galecki as Leonard Hofstadter – Now


In real life, John was a success before he landed the role of Leonard. The character has won John numerous awards, including a prestigious Emmy for the leading role in a series. When season eight was in the works, John renegotiated his salary from $350,000 per episode, to nearly $1 million.
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Alessandra Torresani as Claire – Then


Claire is the adorable bartender, that meets Howard and Raj at Stuart’s store. Raj immediately feels a connection with the pixie-haired beauty but his feelings are not returned. Later, while Raj is dating Emily, the two pursue a relationship. Much to both of the ladies’ surprise, he breaks up with both of them
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Alessandra Torresani as Claire – Now


This beautiful 30-year-old actress had a string of impressive acting gigs before getting a role in the show. Some of these include cameos on Two and a Half Men, American Horror Story, and Husbands. It does not seem like the actress’s character will return to the show but Alessandra is looking forward to a career in feature films.
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Sara Rueas as Stephanie Barnett – Then


In the second season of the show. Stephanie makes her debut as a surgical resident and doctor at the hospital Howard must visit. Stephanie ends up falling for Leonard and Howard is left angry and resentful. The couple would date for a while before Leonard would break it off – over text!
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Sara Rue as Stephanie Barnett – Now


Since her time on the show, Sara has been cast in many small roles for a variety of TV series. She’s appeared as Brenda in the show Rules of Engagement, Kim Sallinger in Malibu Country, and Candice in the sitcom Mom. Sara is set to play the librarian in the popular mini-series A Series of Unfortunate Events.
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Sara Gilbert as Leslie Winkle – Then


Leslie works with Leonard at Caltech in experimental physics. Leslie is essentially a female version of Leonard. Leonard eventually plucks up the courage to ask Leslie out but it turns out she’s more interested in Howard. The two would go on to date for a short period of time. Leslie is best known for her hysterical feud with Sheldon.
 
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Sara Gilbert as Leslie Winkle – Now


Sara Gilbert is actually 42 years old in real life. Sara got her first major role in the nineties sitcom Roseanne, playing the character Darlene Conner. It has recently been announced that Sara will bereaving the character, while also taking on the role of executive producer for the new show. Production is set to finish next year.
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Simon Helberg as Howard Wolowitz – Then


Howard works as an aerospace engineer at Caltech. He even managed to wangle a trip to space. Howard is a typical mommy’s boy despite his great achievements in his field. Penny introduces him to Bernadette in the third season, who she works with at The Cheesecake Factory. The two fall madly in love and tie the knot in the fifth season and go on to have a child together.
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Simon Helberg as Howard Wolowitz – Now


Since the success of the show, Simon has been involved in the movie Florence Foster Jenkins, working alongside A-listers like Hugh Grant and Meryl Streep. The actor also voiced Bian Zao throughout the Kung Fu Panda television series. Despite Simon earning less than his co-stars, he takes home an impressive $750,000 for each of his episodes.
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Laura Spencer as Emily Sweeney – Then


Emily is the sweet dermatologist who falls forRaj in the seventh season of the series. Raj ends up dating Emily while continuing to date Lucy, a pretty deplorable move on the character’s part. Surprisingly Emily doesn’t seem to mind. Raj falls for her dark wit and passion for scary movies. When Claire comes into the picture, Raj decides to break it off with Emily but the two continue to date after much deliberation. Ultimately, Raj dumps both Claire and Emily in the tenth season.
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Laura Spencer as Emily Sweeney – Now


Since her time on The Big Bang Theory, Laura has pursued other acting roles. She was also on Bones, playing Jessica, and has recently finished shooting for the short film Vitality. It seems the actress is set to take a break from the spotlight for a while.
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Kunal Nayyar as Rajesh Koothrappali – Then


Raj, the astrophysicist, is another member of the gang of brainy friends. At the beginning of the series, Raj struggled with social anxiety whenever he was confronted by a beautiful woman. He would ultimately get over his female troubles and go on to date many ladies.
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Kunal Nayyar as Rajesh Koothrappali – Now


Kunal has been acting for a long time, but he hadn’t struck it big until he landed his role on the show. Since making a name for himself on the small screen, he has acted in the movie Dr. Cabbie where he played the role of Tony, he also voiced the character of Guy Diamond in the movie Trolls. He brings in a whopping $750,000 per episode of The Big Bang Theory.
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Kevin Sussman as Stuart Bloom – Then


The show just wouldn’t be the same without Stuart’s comic book store. Stuart first makes his appearance in season 2 when the gang start frequenting his comic store. Stuart is perpetually lonely but manages to end with Raj while Howard is in space. You can’t help but feel sorry for this sweet yet horribly insecure and neurotic character.
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Kevin Sussman as Stuart Bloom – Now


Before The Big Bang Theory. Kevin had already made a name for himself in Hollywood. Most notably, he starred in Steven Spielberg’s 2001 movie A.I. Artificial Intelligence. Unlike his woeful character, Kevin has no money troubles. He earns $50 000 for each of his Big Bang appearances.
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Carol Ann Susi as Debbie Wolowitz – Then


Debbie has never actually appeared on screen, but every Big Bang fan knows her distinct voice. Debbie is the domineering mother of Howard who she treats as if he was still a child. Over the course of the show, the audience is teased with small glimpses of Debbie in the background. Even though she does not have a starring role, the character is a well-loved favorite amongst the audience.
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Carol Ann Susi as Debbie Wolowitz – Now


It was a tragic day for Big Bang when it was announced that Carol Ann Susi had passed away after a long battle with lung cancer. The actress was 62 years old when she died. The producers of the show made a heartfelt public statement about Carol, offering their condolences and saying that the actress would live on through the show forever. Our thoughts are with her family.
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Aarti Mann as Priya Koothrappali – Then


Raj’s younger sister, Priya, made her first appearance on the show in season four. She begins to secretly date Leonard but Raj soon discovers their relationship. Priya gives Leonard an ultimatum; he has to cut contact with Penny if he wants to continue to date her. Priya is forced to return to India when her conservative parents find out about their daughter’s secret relationship. The couple attempts a long distance romance, but neither is able to remain loyal to the other.
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Aarti Mann as Priya Koothrappali – Now


The actress received some great exposure while on the show. She was subsequently cast in Suits, playing Maria Monro, she also appeared in Scandal as Agent Laura Kenney. Aarti’s career seems to be on upward trajectory. She is set to appear in numerous feature films later this year.
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Margo Harshman as Alex Jensen – Then


Alex landed the job of being Sheldon’s assistant. Despite her brains, Sheldon gives her menial tasks to complete instead of doing anything of real value. Like so many other female characters, Alex was romantically interested in Leonard. Leonard doesn’t pick up on her hints but Penny knows exactly whats going on. Sadly for Alex, Leonard declines her request for a date.
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Margo Harshman as Alex Jensen – Now


Margo once played Tawny Dean on the Nickledeon show Even Stevens, alongside Shia LaBeouf. After her success on The Big Bang Theory, Margo nabbed other roles including Alison Kidman on the show Bones, as well as landing a part in NCIS where she played the character of Delilah Fielding.
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Brian Patrick as Kurt – Then


Kurt is one of Penny’s ex-boyfriends. Kurt is the complete antithesis of Leonard’s character. He’s a hunky beefcake who has little interest in science. The two compete for Penny’s affections. Leonard ultimately wins the blonde beauty’s heart.
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Brian Patrick Wade as Kurt – Now


Before he got the role as Kurt on The Big Bang Theory, Brian had been involved in a few other  TV shows. Following his time on TBBT Brian has landed himself a variety of minor roles for series but he considers his work as a personal trainer to be his primary profession.
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Charlotte Newhouse as Joy – Then


Howard and Bernadette are on a double date with Leonard when Bernadette introduces him to her friend Joy. The obnoxious character turns up to the posh restaurant wearing her gym clothes. Joy apologizes for being late – she was at a spin class. Leonard later declares it was the worst date he had ever been on. But when Joy asks him to accompany her to a wedding suggesting there may be something in it for him, Leonard jumps at the opportunity.
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Charlotte Newhouse as Joy – Now


After her short stint on The Big Bang Theory, Charlotte got a part on Idiotsitter where she played the popular character of Billie. Charlotte would also go on to do some notable voice acting work for cartoons such as Adventure time and Mike Tyson Mysteries.
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Valerie Azlynn as Alicia – Then


Like Penny, Alicia is Leonard and Sheldon’s neighbor. The blonde from next door is trying to make it as an actress. Raj, Howard, and Leonard all fall hard for the newbie. They all quickly begin a conquest for her affection. Penny becomes jealous, a catfight ensues and Penny earns herself a black eye after she and Alicia have a go at ut. The boys quickly stop pursuing her.
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Valerie Azlynn as Alicia – Now


Valerie acted in various films and series, before her appearance in TBBT. In 2012, Valerie landed herself a leading role in the popular comedy TV show Sullivan & Son where she played a character named Melanie Sutton.
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Brooke D’Orsay as Christy Vanderbel – Then


Penny introduces Christy to the gang, she and the blonde are long-time friends after Penny dated her brother. After Penny lets her stay in her apartment, Howard and Christy soon start dating. However, Christy is just using Howard as he buys her extravagant gifts. Christy ditches Howard after his mother tells him that he won’t be included in her will if they continue to see each other.
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Brooke D’Orsay as Christy Vanderbel – Now


The Big Bang Theory was a major stepping stone for Brooke, she has since received roles on many shows. Brooke has appeared in Happy Hour as well as How I Met Your Mother. Brooke has played two different roles for Two and a Half Men during 2007 and 2014. Her latest role was for Royal Pains, but most recently, she has made the decision to take time away from acting and focus on her personal life.
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Steven Yeun as Sebastian – Then


Appearing during a flashback episode, the character of Sebastian is Sheldon’s previous roommate. He first bumps into Leonard walking out of an elevator, he asks where he can find Sheldon’s apartment.
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Steven Yeun as Sebastian – Now


When he first appeared on The Big Bang Theory, Steven was just starting out in Hollywood. He has since built a name for himself with many roles, most notably playing Glenn, one of the starring roles in the immensely popular show The Walking Dead. He continued to act in the series until season seven where his character was killed off but that didn’t deter his career. He has since landed a string of minor roles and has crossed over into voice work.
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Riki Lindhome as Ramona Nowitzki – Then


Ramona is first noticed by Sheldon in the lunch hall at Caltech. She later makes dinner and wants to bring it to his apartment. Everyone think Ramona is a stalker with a screw loose, but Sheldon just sees the gesture as an opportunity for free food. When Ramona shows up at the apartment uninvited things take a turn for the worst and Sheldon quickly asks her to leave.
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Riki Lindhome as Ramona Nowitzki – Now


Over the years Riki has had a successful acting career. She’s had roles The Last House on the Left, and Million Dollar Baby. The actress is now 38 years old and has most recently starred in the thriller film Under the Silver Lake. The film gave Riki the opportunity to work alongside Riley Keough, the granddaughter of Elvis, as well as Superman heartthrob Andrew Garfield.
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Eliza Dushku as Angela Page – Then


Angela is the sexy FBI agent who conducts Howard’s background check before being cleared to join the Equipped Surveillance Satellite Team. Raj only speaks about his legal status in the country; Leonard hopelessly flirts with her and Sheldon accidentally mentions that Howard had used the Mars Rover to woo a girl but had managed to crash the vehicle. Needless to say, the background check did not go well.
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Eliza Dushku as Angela Page – Now


Eliza has long been a recognized face in Hollywood. Her role in the teen classic Bring It On shot her to stardom, she also played Faith in both Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Angel. Eliza has gone on to land the leading role of Echo in the TV show Dollhouse.
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Courtney Henggeler as Missy Cooper – Then


Missy plays Sheldon’s unlikely and lovely twin sister. Unlike her brother, she is popular, fun and a social butterfly. In true Big Bang fashion, Howard, Raj, and Leonard all fall for Missy and vie for her attention. Sheldon declares that as her brother he will make the decision for her. This does not go according to plan and the boys end up alone.
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Courtney Henggeler as Missy Cooper – Now


Since playing Sheldon’s sister, Courtney has got various minor roles on television series. She played the character of Claudia on the show Mom for two years working with the likes of Allison Janney and Anna Faris. Courtney has most recently appeared in the movie Feed.
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Kate Micucci as Lucy – Then


Lucy is one of Raj’s most prominent love interests. Lucy is quiet and super socially awkward. Raj relates to her sweet setbacks but things take a turn when he tries to introduce Lucy to his friends. Lucy ditches Raj over text claiming she felt uncomfortable and overwhelmed. Poor little Lucy.
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Kate Micucci as Lucy – Now


Surprisingly, the youthful-looking actress is 37 years old! She has gone on to voice many characters in TV shows. She has appeared in cartoons such as Be Cool, Scooby-Doo, as well as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In the last year, Kate was cast to voice the character of Clayface for the latest Lego Batman Movie.
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John Ross Bowie as Barry Kripke – Then


Barry Kripke is not exactly a fan of the Big Bang gang. His character constantly uses his intellect to provoke Howard, Raj, Leonard, and Sheldon since his debut on the show in the second season. Fans secretly love to hate him.
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John Ross Bowie as Barry Kripke – Now


Beyond The Big Bang Theory, John has had a lot of acting work. He started out as a comedian performing his original writing. He got picked up by the show and shot to stardom. John has also had roles in He’s Just Not That Into You, as well as the movie What the Bleep Do We Know?!
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Wil Wheaton as Wil Wheaton – Then


Wil didn’t have to do much research for this role – he has played himself on the show from the first season. He and Sheldon clashed personalities initially, but by the fifth season the two had kissed and made up and had formed an unlikely bond.
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Wil Wheaton as Wil Wheaton – Now


Richard William Wheaton III (fancy title, hey?) appeared in shows such as Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Legion of Superheroes, he has also had parts in the films Toy Soldiers, Eureka, and Stand By Me. The multi-talented star does voice acting, writes, and runs a popular blog.
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Laurie Metcalf as Mary Cooper – Then


Mary is the mom to Sheldon. She seems to be the only person who can keep the genius in check. Leonard often resorts to calling Mary and asking for help when Sheldon needs to be put in his place. Her character is a devout Christian who struggles to understand her son’s love of science but she is great and caring mom regardless. We love her character.
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Laurie Metcalf as Mary Cooper – Now


Laurie Metcalf may be best known for her work on TBBT, but plenty of people will recognize her many other acting roles. She’s had notable roles in Roseanne, Getting on, and Desperate Housewives. The actress has also found success on the big screen with parts in recognized movies such as Mistress, Scream 2, and Toy Story. Laurie has also won a Tony award for her theatre work!
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Christine Baranski as Dr. Beverly Hofstadter – Then


Beverly is the icy, curt, no-nonsense mother to Leonard. Despite her character flaws, Beverly’s appearances are always memorable. She has been on the show ten times over its duration, but only ever made it to the studio seven times. Three of her appearances were when Beverly popped up on video chat – thank goodness for technology!
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Christine Baranski as Dr. Beverly Hofstadter – Now


Christine studied acting at the prestigious Julliard School of performing arts before beginning her successful career. Christine has not only appeared on both the big and small screens, but she has also won two Tony Awards for her work on broadway. A talented vocal artist, Christine also had a lead role in the musical Mamma Mia, back in 2008.
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Ian Scott Rudolph as Captain Sweatpants – Then


While he may appear to be a minor background character, Captain Sweatpants has appeared in six seasons of the show. His character is always hanging out in Stuart’s comic book store paging through some graphic novel. Known for his distinct uniform, he wears a superhero shirt and, you guessed it, sweatpants.
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Ian Scott Rudolph as Captain Sweatpants – Now


Ian is one of the cameo stars of TBBT, that have not exactly hit the big time. He has only managed to land a few other minor roles in television shows. Despite his lack of acting credits, Big Bang fans will forever love him as the man behind the sweatpants!
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Brian George as Dr. V.M Koothrappali – Then


For much of the show’s duration, fans only ever saw the Dr. via a computer screen when he chatted with his son from New Delhi, India. He is Raj’s lovable dad with a stellar bank account. Over the years, fans have fallen in love with the character. Viewers were delighted when the character finally hopped on a plane and his first real-life appearance.
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Brian George as Dr. V.M Koothrappali – Now


The Canadian actors first major role was in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. Before his work on The Big Bang Theory, he had made a name for himself playing the character of Babu Bhatt on the iconic nineties sitcom Seinfeld.
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Alice Amter as Mrs. Koothrappali – Then


Mrs. Koothrappali is Raj’s mom. She’s a mysterious character fans don’t know too much about – not even her name! She and her onscreen husband, unfortunately, filed for a divorce during the 2015 season. Much like her Raj’s dad, viewers mainly get to see her when she video chats her son.
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Alice Amter as Mrs, Koothrappali – Now


After being born and raised in England, Alice has subsequently lived in France, Japan, and Germany before moving to the U.S. She later decided to move to Los Angeles, in the hopes of pursuing an acting career. Alice also played the character of Dr. Kapoor in the show Hot In Cleveland.
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Casey Sander as Mike Rostenkowski – Then


Mike is Bernadette’s dad who is also a police officer. The character was strong willed and opinionated. Despite Howard desperately trying to make a good impression, he wasn’t quite able to find common ground with the old man.

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Casey Sander as Mike Rostenkowski – Now


He isn’t the most recognizable face in Hollywood but this actor has a surprisingly long and impressive list of acting credits. Some of his notable work includes roles on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Mad Men, Hunter, Malcolm in the Middle, Sons of Anarchy, and Rules of Engagement.
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Vernee Watson-Johnson as Althea – Then


Althea has played the host of the baby making donation facility, the emergency room as well as the patient’s floor. She is undoubtedly one of the more sarcastic characters on the show. She’s deadpan, she rarely smiles and her spot-on delivery has been a hit with the show’s audience.
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Vernee Watson-Johnson as Althea – Now


Vernee has had a full and brilliant career to date, she had multiple notable roles no television in the nineties and has also made appearances on Two and a Half Men, The X-Files, and Dexter while working as a revered acting coach, voice artist, and author. She’s one talented lady!
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Mark Harelik as Dr. Eric Gablehauser – Then


Sheldon was never a big fan of his boss. The character was the main man at Caltech who didn’t quite get along with Sheldon. To Sheldon’s horror, Eric asks out his mother. Needless to say, this did not improve their relationship.
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Mark Harelik as Dr. Eric Gablehauser – Now


Mark may not have had a major role in the show but he has proven himself to be a sought-after man in Hollywood. He has appeared in Battle of the Sexes, Breaking Bad, Seinfeld, Prison Break, and Jurassic Park III and more. Mark is also involved in writing and starring in multiple theatre productions.
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April Bowlby as Rebecca – Then


To the group’s surprise, Rebecca is introduced as Bert’s girlfriend. She is a socially awkward geologist that works with the boys at Caltech. Sheldon cheekily implies to Bert that Rebecca is only dating him for his money. Bert later arrives at their apartment to announce he had broken up with Rebecca.
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April Bowlby as Rebecca – Now


The Big Bang Theory was not April’s first acting gig on the small screen. She had previously played Kandi (who was married to Alan) on the show Two and a Half Men. The pretty actress also played Stacey Barrett for half a decade on the show Drop Dead Diva. Over the years she has appeared in several films including Love’s Last Resort, and A Mother’s Crime.
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Mayim Bialik as Amy Fowler – Then


The character of Amy makes her first appearance in the finale of the third season. Howard and Raj used an online dating website to find Sheldon;s perfect match and subsequently introduce Sheldon to Amy. She works as a neurobiologist and perfectly complements Sheldon’s personality. The couple go through a brief break up but their romance is later rekindled, and the two eventually get engaged by season ten.
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Mayim Bialik as Amy Fowler – Now


Mayim has been acting since the age of 12 but the show was her first taste of fame. Mayim is not only talented but one smart lady, she is also a neuroscientist in real life. Mayim is currently acting in season eleven of the show and has signed a contract to continue her role in the twelfth. Mayim earns half a million dollars for each of her episodes.
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Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper – Then


From the very first pilot episode, fans fell in love with Sheldon Cooper. He is a unique, witty and wonderfully eccentric character who has a serious brain on him. Sheldon works as a theoretical physicist, and since the fifth season has been in a relationship with Amy despite fans initially questioning his capacity for human intimacy.
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Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper – Now


The show has made Jim an internationally recognized face in the television world. At the ripe old age of 44, Jim has already won himself an array of prestigious awards. He has also earned himself some serious dollars for his iconic role. He is one of the highest paid comedy actors on television; he receives $900,000 per episode. Not too shabby.
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Kaley Cuoco as Penny Hofstadter – Then


Penny has been an audience favorite and a steady lead character on the show. She wooed fans – and Leonard – when she first made herself known as the boys’ says next-door neighbor. Penny and Leonard have had a tumultuous relationship, but they made things permanent when they got hitched in the ninth season while on a trip to Las Vegas.
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Kaley Cuoco as Penny Hofstadter – Now


Kaley previously rose to stardom with her role on the well loved show 8 Simple Rules where she played Bridget Hennessy. After being signed for the role of Penny, she also earned herself a  $900,000 paycheck for every one of her episodes. Thanks to the show, Kaley has become a millionaire which has enabled the actress to start her own production company. Not bad going for someone who is only 31 years old.
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Melissa Rauch as Bernadette Wolowitz – Then


A cute microbiologist who made her debut in the third season of TBBT, Bernadette Wolowitz was first introduced to Howard by Penny. The two initially didn’t share too much in common but soon bonded over their overbearing mothers. Howard asks Bernadette to marry him in the fourth season of the show, they then get married in the fifth season, and even have a child together.
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Melissa Rauch as Bernadette Wolowitz – Now


Melissa Rauch made several appearances on TV before landing her starring role in The Big Bang Theory. She had minor gigs on The Office and True Blood, and in movies such as The Bronze and Are You Here. After agreeing to stay on with the show for an 11th and a 12th season, Rauch is currently raking in $500 000 per episode.
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