Jennette McCurdy
Jennette McCurdy as Trisha Kirby in Zoey 101
Biological Information
Full name

Jennette Michelle Faye McCurdy




June 26, 1992 (age 27)


Garden Grove, California, U.S.A.

Background Information

Actress, singer


2000–present (actress)
2008–present (singer)

Jennette Michelle Faye McCurdy (born June 26, 1992) is an American actress and country music singer. She stars as Sam Puckett in the Nickelodeon show iCarly. She has also guest starred in a number of other television series, including Zoey 101, Malcolm in the Middle, Will & Grace, Strong Medicine, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, True Jackson, VP and Judging Amy. In mid 2010, she starred in "Fred: The Movie" as Bertha, Fred Figglehorn's best friend.


Jennette was born in Garden Grove, California, and has three older brothers, three dogs, and two turtles. She gained interest in acting after watching Harrison Ford in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope right after her mother recovered from breast cancer. She started her acting career in 2000 at the age of eight on MADtv.

In addition to supporting the Cody Waters Foundation, Jennette was active in campaigns such as stopping child soldiers (she is in the Invisible Children Inc. group) and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Jennette did a PSA for Safe Kids USA which is aired on Nickelodeon and Teen Nick.


Jennette's first appearance was in 2000 on MADtv at eight years old. Since then she starred or guest starred in several television series, including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Malcolm in the Middle, Lincoln Heights, Will & Grace, 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 movie 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 another commercial for crossing the road safely.

Since 2007, she has had a starring role in the Nickelodeon TV series iCarly, as Carly's best friend Sam Puckett. In 2008 she was nominated for a Young Artist Award for her work on iCarly, and for 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 also was casted to the role of Bertha, in Fred: The Movie, a movie based on the Fred Figglehorn YouTube series.


In June 2008, she announced on her official web site that she was working on her debut album. The first single, "So Close" was released on March 10, 2009. The second single, "Homeless Heart", a cover of a song from Amanda Stott, was released on May 19. The song was released in honor of Jennette's recently deceased friend Cody Waters, who died at the age of 9 from brain cancer, and 20% of the proceeds were donated to the Cody Waters Foundation. She met Cody Waters through St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. After the single "So Close" was released in March 2009, Jennette announced that her debut album would be released on June 30, 2009. By the time June ended, no album had been released and on July 6, 2009, Jennette announced she had signed a deal with Capitol Records Nashville. She has appeared in the music videos for Faith Hill's "The Way You Loved Me" (remix version) and Wild Horse's "Safely Home".



Year Single Album
2009 "So Close" Single only
"Homeless Heart" Single only


Year Film Role Notes
2001 Shadow Fury Anna Markov
2002 My Daughter's Tears Mary Fields
2003 Hollywood Homicide Van Family Daughter
Taylor Simmons Amanda Simmons
2004 Breaking Dawn The Little Girl
Tiger Cruise Kiley Dolan TV movie
2005 See Anthony Run Lucy Short Film
2006 Against Type Meredith TV movie
2007 The Last Day of Summer Dory Sorenson
2008 Proving Ground: From the Adventures of Captain Redlocks Aria Krait
iCarly: iGo to Japan Sam Puckett TV movie
2009 Minor Details Mia Maxwell
iCarly: iDate a Bad Boy Sam Puckett TV Movie
iCarly: iFight Shelby Marx Sam Puckett TV Movie
iCarly: iQuit iCarly Sam Puckett TV Movie
2010 Fred: The Movie Bertha Theatrical Movie
"Best Player" Prodigy
Year Title Role Notes
2000 MADtv Cassidy Gifford
2002 C.S.I. Jackie Trent Episode: "Cats in the Cradle"
2003 Malcolm in the Middle Daisy (Female Dewey) Episodes: "If Boys Were Girls"
2004 Karen Sisco Josie Boyle Episode: "No One's Girl"
Strong Medicine Hailey Campos Episode: "Selective Breeding"
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Holly Purcell Episode: "Contagious"
Medium Sara Crewson Episode: "Coded"
Judging Amy Amber Reid Episode: "My Name is Amy Gray"
Malcolm in the Middle Penelope Episode: "Buseys Take a Hostage"
The Inside Madison St. Clair Episode: "Everything Nice"
Over There Lynne Episode: "Situation Normal"
Zoey 101 Trisha Kirby Episode: "Bad Girl"
2006 Will & Grace Lisa Episode: "Von Trapped"
Close to Home Stacy Johnson Episode: "Escape"
2007 Lincoln Heights Beckie Episode: "Betrayal"

Episode: "Tricks and Treats" Episode: "House Arrest"

2007-2012 iCarly Sam Puckett 107 episodes; 2007 - 2012
2009 Sam Puckett/Melanie Puckett "iTwins" (Season 2, Episode 19)

True Jackson, VP

Pinky Turzo Episode: "Amanda Hires a Pink"

Episode: "True Drama"

2013-2014 Sam and Cat


Sam Puckett Lead Role
2015-2016 Wiley Lead role


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