The School of Rock
“She’s a star. She is one of the classiest little girls that I’ve ever met. I don’t believe I’ve ever heard her complain about anything, I don’t think I’ve seen her in a bad mood once in my life and I’ve done 61 episodes of television with her. I really avoid the overly trained Hollywood kid, the kids that are 10 years old and have had eight years of acting and dancing and singing lessons and they’re so cute and precocious and perfect that you want to slit your wrists. Miranda’s the real deal. There’s nothing Hollywood about her.” Writer/producer/actor Dan Schneider about Miranda Cosgrove
Starting out in TV commercials, actress Miranda Cosgrove was launched to fame on the blockbuster hit “The School of Rock” (2003), where she earned a MTV Movie and Young Artist nomination. Her next role as one of the ten children of Rene Russo on the family remake “Yours, Mine and Ours” (2005) further put her in the limelight. She also had roles in “Keeping Up With The Steins” and “The Wild Stallion” (2006). On television, Cosgrove portrayed Megan Parker on the popular teen sitcom “Drake & Josh” (2004-2007). She currently stars as Carly Shay on the Nickelodeon series “iCarly” (2007-present). About her future, she said, “I definitely want to go to college. That's a big thing with me. I have a few friends that we're like already planning and we want to go to the same college, which would be really fun. I don't know. I'd love to be an actor, but I'd also like to be a marine biologist. I'm really into the sea, so…” Miranda Cosgrove
Outside the limelight, Cosgrove enjoys riding horses and going to parties. She is also a fan of vintage clothing and plays the guitar and piano.
Childhood and Family:
An only child, Miranda Taylor Cosgrove was born on May 14, 1993, in Los Angeles, California. She began singing lessons when she was 5 years old. After completing elementary school, Miranda, known by the nickname Mirry Furry, stopped attending formal school in favor of home schooling. Since 2006, she has been a student of an online school program.
“I actually do online school. It's my first year doing it. It's really strange, last year I did home schooling more. Now it's like an online thing. I hang out with my friends all the time. My next door neighbor is my age and she's a crack up and I hang out with her all the time so that helps. I've pretty much stayed in touch with all my friends from school because I went to elementary school all the way through, so I'm friends with all of them. So we hang out all the time, see movies together. The program I'm with actually has a day where you go and you get to meet kids and like take classes, which is really cool. So I've gotten to do that, which is fun. You get to meet new people and kids your age.” Miranda Cosgrove
After being discovered by an agent in an L.A. restaurant, during which time she impressively showed her singing and dancing talents, Miranda Cosgrove booked several TV commercials for clients like McDonalds and Burger King. Her first real acting job arrived when she was eight in the form of a guest role in the pilot of the series “Smallville” (2001), where she played young Lana Lang.
“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.” Miranda Cosgrove
Cosgrove's career took off when she won the role of Summer Hathaway, the 10-year-old band manager, on her motion picture debut “The School of Rock” (2003), a musical comedy starring Jack Black. The film was a success. For her work, Cosgrove was nominated for a MTV Movie for Best On-Screen Team and a Young Artist for Best Young Ensemble in a Feature Film.
The gifted young performer followed her breakthrough screen role by making a guest appearance on “Grounded for Life” and doing voiceover work for the animated series “What's New, Scooby-Doo” (both 2004). It was also in 2004 that she landed her first series regular role on Nickelodeon's “Drake and Josh” playing sinister little sister Megan Parker. She stayed with the teen comedy until the show left the airwaves in 2007.
2005 saw Cosgrove provide the voice of Munch for the direct-to-video children's movie “Here Comes Peter Cottontail: the Movie” before getting the role of Joni North, one of Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo’s kids, in the family comedy “Yours, Mine and Ours” (2005), from which she received a 2006 Young Artist nomination for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Ensemble Cast. Talking about her role on the film, she said, “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.”
Cosgrove next headlined the family film “The Wild Stallion” (2009). She also received the small role of Karen Sussman in the comedy “Keeping Up With The Steins,” opposite Jami Gertz, Daryl Hannah, Garry Marshall and Jeremy Piven. In January 2007, Cosgrove began her regular gig on the comedy series “iCarly,” (2007-2010) where she starred as Carly Shay. The show, which centers on a teenage girl and her best friends who launch an Internet website, marked her reunion with the “Drake & Josh” creator Dan Schneider. She also guest starred in such series as “Zoey 101,” “Unfabulous” and “Just Jordan” (2007).