Jim Parsons is best known for his Emmy-nominated role as the genius, albeit neurotic physicist Dr Sheldon Cooper, on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory. Whilst it may appear that he has come from nowhere, Parsons actually has a long standing history in theatre and also small guest roles on TV series' such as Ed and Judging Amy.
A graduate of Klein Oak High School in 1991, and he initially studied acting at the University of Houston. He continued on to gain his MFA in Dramatic Arts through the University of San Diego's partnership with The Old Globe in 2001.
Whilst at the University of Houston, he was a founding member of the Infernal Bridegroom Productions theatre company. After obtaining his MFA, Jim relocated to New York where he did some TV advertisment work (including FedEx, Stride Gum, and Quiznos) as well as smaller TV and feature film roles, including Garden State, On the Road with Judas, School for Scoundrels, 10 Items or Less, and Gardener of Eden.
During this time, Jim also produced several pilot shows for FOX, which were not picked up, but this did, however, lead to a talent-holding deal with CBS. Parson relocated to Los Angeles in order to star in The Big Bang Theory, which has been renewed until the end of Seas