Rich-list Irish stars have blockbuster year

Colin Farrell had  almost €14m in earnings in 2012
Colin Farrell had almost €14m in earnings in 2012

A trio of Irish Hollywood stars have made it into the top 50 of a leading showbiz Rich List after earning huge pay packets in a string of blockbuster films.

Dubliner Colin Farrell, who is currently in New York filming his latest movie, has the highest Irish entry on the 'OK' annual Rich List at No 16 with almost €14m in earnings in 2012.

Meanwhile, 'Taken' star Liam Neeson is just one place below him on the list with close to €14m, while Michael Fassbender reached No 22 on the list with €12.5m in pay cheques, according to the magazine.

Farrell was back to his box office best over the past year with the big budget 'Total Recall' hitting screens, while 60-year-old Neeson is also picking up huge fees for a succession of movies including 'Wrath of the Titans', 'The Dark Night Rises' and 'Taken 2'.

BAFTA-winning comic Brendan O'Carroll entered the Rich List at No 47, with reported earnings of over €9m in the past year.

His enormous reversal in fortunes is thanks to the sitcom 'Mrs Brown's Boys', his stage show and a new movie deal.

"The Irish sitcom is on for a third series and sells well across Australia and New Zealand," said an 'OK' spokeswoman.

Chat-show host Graham Norton is No 43 on the list with an estimated €9.1m in the bank as a result of the sale of his production company to ITV last year and his BBC pay packet, according to the magazine.

TV guru Simon Cowell landed in the No 1 spot.

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