15 Big TV Stars Without an Emmy Nomination

Emmy voters are apparently a tough bunch to please! Lauren Graham, Ellen Pompeo and Kaley Cuoco are just a few of the stars who have never been nominated for TV’s highest honor, despite their indelible roles on successful shows.

Chris Noth

The actor scored Golden Globe nominations for his roles on Sex and the City and The Good Wife, but he has never received an Emmy nod.

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Katey Sagal

Katey Sagal tackled comedy on Married With Children and got a Golden Globe nomination, then took on drama with Sons of Anarchy, for which she earned a Golden Globe win. Her day in the Emmy spotlight, however, has yet to arrive.

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Ashton Kutcher

A favorite of populist award shows such as the People’s Choice Awards and the MTV Movie Awards, Ashton Kutcher has kept TV audiences laughing for two decades with his roles in That ’70s Show, Two and a Half Men and The Ranch, yet still has not received an Emmy nomination.

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Norman Reedus

One of the longest-serving stars of The Walking Dead, Norman Reedus’ performance as Daryl Dixon on the AMC hit has captivated fans for eight-plus seasons but has come up lacking in the Emmy department.

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Ellen Pompeo

Grey’s Anatomy fans may be stunned to learn that Ellen Pompeo has yet to land a nomination, despite her 10-plus seasons of bringing title character Meredith Grey to life. A number of Grey’s cast members have managed to earn Emmy voters’ attentions, with Chandra Wilson (Miranda Bailey) and former costar Sandra Oh (Cristina Yang) previously landing nominations for their contributions to ABC’s long-running medical drama.

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Lauren Graham

Lauren Graham has starred on two beloved network dramas, Gilmore Girls (which started on the WB before moving to the CW) and Parenthood (NBC), both of which have showcased her knack for nailing laughs and sentiment in a single scene.

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Blake Lively

The CW’s Gossip Girl was not exactly awards-show bait, but Blake Lively‘s six seasons as Serena van der Woodsen earned her legions of fans and propelled her to a major film career.

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Kaley Cuoco

Kaley Cuoco is best known for playing Penny on CBS’s The Big Bang Theory, but also costarred for three seasons on ABC’s 8 Simple Rules. Big Bang is certainly an awards darling, as Cuoco’s costars Jim Parsons (Sheldon Cooper), Mayim Bialik (Amy Farrah Fowler) and Christine Baranski (Beverly Hofstadter) are Emmy mainstays for their roles on the sitcom.

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Courteney Cox

Friends earned plenty of Emmy love during its long run as one of TV's most popular comedies, but somehow the actress who embodied Monica Geller is the only one of the six core cast members to never land a nomination for the NBC series.

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Kristen Bell

What planet are Emmy voters living on? Clearly, all earthlings must know Kristen Bell did a commendable job leading three seasons of Veronica Mars (first on UPN, then the CW) before spending five as a cast member on Showtime’s House of Lies and graduating to NBC’s The Good Place.

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Ian Somerhalder

Ian Somerhalder turned heads in his lone season on ABC’s Lost, but it’s as Damon Salvatore on the CW’s The Vampire Diaries that he truly earned viewers’ undying adoration.

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Chris Pratt

Amy Poehler racked up a slew of Emmy nominations for playing lovable Leslie Knope on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, but the same cannot be said for Chris Pratt, who brought Andy Dwyer to life before launching his hugely successful movie career.

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Mila Kunis

Her role as Jackie Burkhart on Fox’s That ’70s Show landed Mila Kunis numerous Teen Choice Award nominations. Alas, Emmy voters weren’t quite as generous.


Jason Segel

After starting his career on cult fave Freaks and Geeks (NBC), Emmy success somehow eluded Jason Segel during his nine-season run as Marshall Eriksen on How I Met Your Mother (CBS).  

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