Penny (The Big Bang Theory)

The Big Bang Theory / Young Sheldon character
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Kaley Cuoco as Penny
First appearance"Pilot" (2007)
(The Big Bang Theory)
Last appearance"A Swedish Science Thing and the Equation for Toast" (2019)
(Young Sheldon)
Created by
Portrayed byKaley Cuoco
Quinn Aune (Young Sheldon)
In-universe information
Full namePenny Hofstadter
  • "Bestie" (by Amy)
  • "Slugger" (by Wyatt)
  • Waitress (seasons 1–7)
  • Actress (seasons 1–7)
  • Pharmaceutical sales representative (seasons 8–12)
ChildrenUnnamed Child

Penny Hofstadter is a fictional character from the American CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, portrayed by actress Kaley Cuoco. She is the primary female character in the series, befriending her across-the-hall neighbors Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons), two physicists who work at the nearby California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Penny's lack of advanced education sets her apart from the group, but her outgoing personality and social aptitude drastically contrasts with the personalities of the primary male characters in the series, so she is considered as "one of them". She is the primary love interest of Leonard, with whom she maintains a brief romantic relationship during the third season, which is later resumed in the fifth season and culminates in an engagement at the end of the seventh season and their wedding at the start of season 9.[1]

Penny is the only main character of the program whose last name is not revealed*, although she has been occasionally referred to or addressed with the last name Hofstadter since her marriage to Leonard.[2][3][4] *In Season 2, Episode 18, Sheldon delivers a package to Penny on which her name is shown to be "Penny Teller", most likely a gag reference to Penn & Teller.

  1. ^ Steinbeiser, Andrew (August 28, 2015). "Whether Leonard And Penny Get Married On The Big Bang Theory Season 9 Premiere Revealed". Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  2. ^ Directo, Denny (September 22, 2014). "6 Things You Didn't Know About 'Big Bang Theory' Before the Season 8 Premiere!". Entertainment Tonight.
  3. ^ "The Matrimonial Momentum". The Big Bang Theory. Season 9. Episode 1. September 21, 2015. CBS. Finally, a Mrs. Hofstadter who isn't disappointed with me.
  4. ^ "The Separation Oscillation". The Big Bang Theory. Season 9. Episode 2. September 28, 2015. CBS. Penny Hofstadter, will you stay married to me?