NEW YORK

Reuters

Sofia Vergara of ABC’s successful TV comedy “Modern Family” is the highest-paid actress on U.S. television for the second consecutive year with estimated earnings of $30 million (19 million pounds), Forbes magazine said on Wednesday.

The voluptuous Colombian-born actress easily surpassed Emmy and Golden Globe-winner Mariska Hargitay of NBC’s “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” and Kaley Cuoco, a star of CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory,” who both tied for second with $11 million.

“As the reigning queen of celebrity endorsement deals (thanks largely to her bilingual portfolio), Vergara’s earnings over the past year reached $30 million - making her far and away the highest-paid actress on prime time,” Forbes.com said. Vergara, 41, has clothing and home goods lines sold at Sears Holding Corp’s retailer Kmart and lucrative endorsement deals with PepsiCo Inc’s Diet Pepsi,