The Big Bang Theory: Penny may not have been character’s real name – here’s why

The Big Bang Theory viewers are adamant they will find out all of the show’s hidden details now that the show has come to an end.

Many mysteries still plague fans, but one of the most perplexing problems has been the issue of Penny’s (played by Kaley Cuoco) surname.

Fans noticed shortly into the show most of the characters – Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki), Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons), etc – have all been granted surnames, but Penny was not privy to one.

Obviously, this changed a little once she married Leonard, however fans of the show have begun theorising that Penny was not even her real name.

Screen Rant have proposed Penny’s name is in fact a stage name which stuck.

As viewers learned in the first few episodes, Penny was a struggling actor in Pasadena, and considering she came from Nebraska, she may have brought a new name with her to California.

If leaving Nebraska prompted Penny to leave everything behind, she may have done the same with her name.

This would make sense if she was attempting to become better known in California, and indeed needed to start a new life in the city.

Therefore it is safe to assume Penny could have had a legal name for her apartment and bills, and her Penny moniker for everything else.

However as this is just a theory, fans will never truly know exactly what Penny’s real name, or indeed surname was.

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A chance of Penny’s return to TV screens is slim, but fans are adamant they want to see Leonard and Penny once again.

In a recently held poll, over 40 per cent of fans voted that they would like to see the couple return in a spin-off.

The pair went through a huge change throughout the twelve seasons, beginning as roommates and finishing as a married couple.

Eventually, after working through their many differences, they were happy to stay together no matter what.

Just behind them in the poll was Raj (Kunal Nayyar) who perhaps suffered the worst ending to the show.

Despite beginning a relationship in season 12, Raj ultimately wound up alone once again.

Luckily he worked through some of his own problems, and found solace in the fact he had a lot of friends surrounding him.

Sheldon and Amy Farrah-Fowler (Mayim Bialik) has the grandest ending, as they won a Nobel Prize.

They also went on to give a touching speech to a room full of scientists.

The Big Bang Theory season 12 is available on CBS and All4.

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