! This article is about the iCarly Carly Shay. For the Drake & Josh character, see Carly.
Carly Shay


Full name
Carly Shay
July 24th, 1994 (age 13-18)
Seattle, Washington (formerly)
Family & Friends
Spencer Shay (brother)
Colonel Steven Shay (father)
Granddad Shay (grandfather)
Barry Dorfman (uncle)
Tess Dorfman (aunt)
Ozlottis Dorfman (cousin)
Faye Dorfman (cousin)
Sam Puckett
Freddie Benson
Gibby Gibson
Melanie Puckett
Shelby Marx
Missy Robinson (formerly)
Jake Crandle (possibly, iLike Jake)
Gibby Gibson (one date in iWin a Date)
Shane (possibly, iSaw Him First)
Nevel Papperman (alternate reality in iChristmas)
Ben Huebscher (mentioned in iKiss)
Griffin (iDate a Bad Boy)
Austin (iSpeed Date)
Freddie Benson (iSaved Your Life)
First appearance
Last appearance
Portrayed by

Carly Shay is the main character in iCarly.

She is portrayed by Miranda Cosgrove.

Personality Edit

Carly is a typical teenager...except that she produces her own web show! She lives in her quirky older brother's loft because her parents are overseas. She and her pals, Sam and Freddie never dreamed of being cyber-celebrities but "iCarly" is a huge hit. Carly is the usually the voice of reason among her friends, no matter what kind of wacky trouble comes their way because of the show.

Relationships With Other Characters Edit

Sam Puckett Edit

(2002-2012; Best Friend) Carly and Sam met when they were about eight years old and Sam wanted to steal Carly's tuna sandwich. When Carly fought back, Sam was impressed and the two eventually became friends. To this day, they share a close friendship that some fans even think of as romantic to a certain degree.

Carly acts as a moral guardian to Sam, trying to keep her out of trouble and occasionally taking the blame for her pranks. Although Sam frequently causes Carly trouble, she likes her for being "creative, smart, fun and awesome". In iChristmas, it was shown that Carly's life would be very different without Sam; iCarly would never have existed and Carly would be dating Nevel Papperman. At times, Carly and Sam's fights are extremely bad, such as in iDon't Want to Fight and iSaw Him First. In iQuit iCarly, one of their fights even lead to a near-death situation for both of them. They seem to be close as sisters as they look out for each other.

Freddie Benson Edit

(2005-2012; Best Friend)

Carly is very aware of Freddie's crush on her, and sometimes exploits that he would do anything for her if she says "Please? For me?" in a sweet, cute voice. They keep up a good friendship, though, and know they can rely on each other when it's necessary. Freddie and Carly have in common that they maintain high grades, don't like getting in trouble, and both live in the Bushwell Plaza. They are really good friends (See Creddie Friendship). They have been girlfriend and boyfriend once, (see iSaved Your Life) but Sam convinced Freddie to break up with Carly (Saying he was "foreign bacon"). Carly has shown possible jealousy over two girls that Freddie has possibly been attracted to (iBeat the Heat and iHire An Idiot) as Freddie has been of guys that Carly likes in previous episodes. Carly has also been seen slightly flirting with Freddie (iSaved Your Life, iStart a Fanwar, etc.). In the series finale iGoodbye, Carly comes up to the iCarly studio while Freddie is packing up. Carly stops him by placing her hand on his, and then she kisses him. Freddie returns the kiss, and as they are leaving the iCarly Studio, he is seen raising his hands up in a triumphant gesture, because he was happy Carly finally made a move. It is possible that they go out in the future, because in iGoodbye, Carly kisses Freddie and he reacts by a fistpump like in iSaved Your Life. (For more on their relationship, see Creddie)

Spencer Shay Edit

(1994–Present; Siblings)

Carly and her brother usually have a very good relationship and have fun hanging out together. Carly acts as the voice of reason or as an emotional support when needed, but can also rely on him when she has trouble. She is used to him letting her have a lot of freedom and gets irritated when he doesn't give her what she wants, as shown in iLook Alike. Their brother/sister relationship is very important to the show.

Gibby Gibson Edit

(2007-2012; Friend)

Carly and Gibby have known each other for four years. She has shown a little attraction to Gibby, and Gibby might have an attraction to Carly. They are very good friends, and he's a recurring guest on her webshow. Carly once mentioned that Gibby was "sweet, cute, and fun".

Trivia Edit

  • She is known to have her own Debit card, a necklace that says Love & Giggles, and enjoy Gummy Hearts in iRescue Carly.
  • It is mentioned various times that Carly watches and possibly likes the show Full House.
  • It is mentioned in iWanna Stay With Spencer that she has asthma.
  • Carly has had multiple near-death experiences: in iWanna Stay With Spencer (nearly getting hit in the head with a hammer); in iQuit iCarly (almost falling off a window washer platform, along with Sam); and in iSaved Your Life (almost getting hit by a taco truck, but rescued by Freddie, off-screen).
  • Carly's head has nearly been hit twice: in iWanna Stay With Spencer (nearly getting hit with a hammer) and iStart a Fanwar (a fan threw a chair at Carly at Webicon).
  • She and Sam had been friends five years before the episode iDon't Want to Fight. Carly and Sam have now been best friends for ten years.
  • She and Sam have broken up as best friends twice in the series. Once in iDon't Want to Fight, and again in iQuit iCarly.
  • Carly is fond of Build-A-Bra and Glitter Gloss which are both stores at the Crown Ridge Mall.
  • Carly has a bikini with a floral design, skirt bikini bottom, and a g-string in the back. (iHatch Chicks)
  • Carly has shown her midsection the most out of any female on the show, due to her wearing a bikini (iHatch Chicks), a hula skirt with a coconut bikini top (iSaw Him First), and a two-piece mixed martial arts outfit (iFight Shelby Marx), a little bit of her belly in a plaid pink - black cami (iBeat the Heat), and in a black-pink shirt before she left (iSpace Out).
  • She is an avid believer in Bigfoot (iBelieve in Bigfoot).
  • Her great-grandmother gave her a heavily insured diamond-encrusted watch when she died, although it seems Spencer and Carly did not go to her funeral. It came in handy when her room was destroyed in a fire and her heavily insured diamond-encrusted watch was destroyed in the fire. It was insured for $82,000. (iGot a Hot Room)
  • Carly had stuffed her bra once or gotten a pushup bra at Build-A-Bra because Sam noticed and said, "Thanks to your little helping!" to which Carly replied "There's nothing wrong with a little help. (iSaw Him First)
  • She appears to really like bad boys, like Griffin, possibly because they are like her best friend Sam.
  • Despite the fact that Carly's birthday is on July 24, in iScream On Halloween, she says she's a Capricorn (which would place her birthday in early January or late December). On, her birthday originally was said to be January 14, but it was changed shortly before the finale of Season 3, probably to make it closer to the airdate of iGot a Hot Room.
  • Although it would be logical to think that her full first name is "Carlotta" ("Carly" is short for "Carlotta") because she gets called that several times in the series, in fact, there is no proof in the series or the website that "Carlotta" is her true first name. It is eventually proven false in iStill Psycho when the police send a text to Carly which has the characters' full names.
  • Carly cries 7 times in the series; iChristmas because she wanted things back to the way they were, iTake on Dingo because the hobo touched her hair and kept trying to climb into the hotel room, iQuit iCarly because she and Sam almost fell to their deaths off of a window washer, and also because she was sorry for getting in a fight with Sam, iGot a Hot Room because her room burned down, iPity The Nevel during a webshow when Nevel apologizes to Molly, iParty with Victorious because she found out that her boyfriend Stephen was cheating on her with Tori Vega, and iGoodbye when her father couldn't take her to the last Air Force father-daughter dance she can go to until later on in this episode.
  • Carly is the youngest of the iCarly trio (Sam, Freddie and herself), as her birthday is in July and Freddie and Sam's birthdays are in February and April, respectively. Though again it is thought that her birthday may be in January, so her age as opposed to that of her friends is debatable.
  • She loves the band Cuddlefish.
  • Carly's only younger counterpart was presented on iDon't Want to Fight, in a flashback showing when Carly and Sam met.
  • In iOwe You, Spencer says Carly used to be a Sunshine Girl.
  • Although Carly is the main character in the series, she no longer appears in new segments due to Miranda Cosgrove's busy schedule. The gang only say she's on camera.
  • Carly sometimes pokes people when she wants to get them to focus (iPromise Not to Tell).
  • She apparently loves asking people to have a bath.
  • Caleb predicted that she would be the future Vice President of the United States.
  • In iLost My Mind, Carly grabs a set of keys on the way out of the door on the way to Troubled Waters. This poses the possibility that Carly can drive.
  • Carly's star sign is Leo.
  • In iDate Sam & Freddie, it is revealed that she uses a machine that keeps her from snoring.
  • Carly, until the episode iRescue Carly was made known, was the only one of the main characters (including Gibby) not to have her name featured in an episode title. Instead, iCarly was used (the webshow's title).
  • It is known that Carly is claustrophobic, as seen in iSam's Mom and iSpace Out.
  • In iGet Pranky, when Carly is watching TV, she is watching Drake & Josh, in the episode when Drake and Josh think they killed Megan's pet hamster. Then she says 'why is that girl so good at pranks?' she's talking about herself.
  • Carly has had one job in iGot a Hot Room at the Groovy Smoothie.
  • She is the first person to beat Shelby Marx.
  • Carly moved to Italy with her dad in the series finale, iGoodbye.
  • Her best friend and ex-boyfriend is Freddie Benson.