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Rich-list Irish stars have blockbuster year

Lynne Kelleher

Published 21/02/2013 | 04:00

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Colin Farrell had  almost €14m in earnings in 2012
Colin Farrell had almost €14m in earnings in 2012
Taken' star Liam Neeson is  on the list with close to €14m
Taken' star Liam Neeson is on the list with close to €14m
Graham Norton is No 43 on the list with an estimated €9.1m in the bank
Graham Norton is No 43 on the list with an estimated €9.1m in the bank

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.

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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.

Irish Independent

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