Up Next: Miranda Cosgrove

Actress blossoms into sitcom star with 'iCarly'

Miranda Cosgrove, best known as the class know-it-all in “School of Rock,” stars in “iCarly,” a new Nickelodeon sitcom custom-tailored to her talents.

The 14-year-old actress, born in Los Angeles, was discovered in a restaurant when she was 3.

“I was singing and dancing and playing around, and a lady asked my mom if I wanted to join her agency,” Cosgrove says.

Though her mother had reservations about letting her toddler daughter work professionally, the small child tried it, booked work easily and took a liking to the lifestyle.

“I remember doing a Mello Yello commercial when I was 4 and thinking it was fun,” the actress says.

At 9, Cosgrove taped the pilot of “Drake and Josh” for Nickelodeon. She played Drake Bell’s younger, mischiefmaking sister Megan three years running.

Recently, Schneider approached Cosgrove’s mom to discuss a couple of sitcom concepts. He liked “iCarly” best, a show about a girl who launches her own Web show.

“I was so excited when I found out,” beams Cosgrove, who also guested on “Zoey 101” and “Unfabulous.”

“Miranda has turned into this great actress,” says Paula Kaplan, executive VP of talent at Nickelodeon.