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Top Irish agent to make a killing at Oscars

Roisin Burke

Published 26/02/2012 | 05:00

Film industry superagent Hylda Queally could win big from Oscar night, with two of her clients competing for golden statues.

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The Artist actress Berenice Bejo and The Help star Jessica Chastain -- both Queally protegees -- are nominees in the Best Supporting Actress category. If one of them bags the Oscar, their earning power is likely to rocket -- as will Queally's.

Queally is one of Hollywood's famous "tenpercenters", as movie power agents are dubbed because of the big slice of income they net from the talent they represent.

"They make between 10 and 12.5 per cent commission on the gross earnings of their stars, so naturally that runs to an easy seven figures for a top star," said one well-placed Hollywood insider. "The profile generated by an Oscar nomination or, better still, a win, garnishes the actor's price tag tremendously."

Oscar-winner Kate Winslet is a long-time client. Forbes puts Winslet's earnings at around $15m a year, of which Queally would take a chunk.

Her list of clients also includes Penelope Cruz, Cate Blanchett and Irish actress Sarah Bolger, who starred in The Tudors and has just landed a role in a major US TV pilot called Gilded Lilys.

From Barefield, Co Clare, Queally is a former AIB cashier who started a talent agency in Dublin in the Eighties before moving to Los Angeles. She is a top rep at talent giant CAA and is rated as one of the top 100 most powerful people in Hollywood.

Married with three children, the 50-year-old lives in Pacific Palisades in LA.

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