From Jennifer Lawrence to the Stranger Things kids, here’s how much the top TV and film actors get paid

Including how much the cast of Game of Thrones make per episode

Jack Shepherd@JackJShepherd
Friday 29 September 2017 11:19

How much do actors get paid? It’s a question we’ve all asked at some stage. Hard to imagine these film-stars, parading around wearing designer brands, being on a regular salary.

The Hollywood Reporter has offered a detailed report on how much money actors and filmmakers make, ranging from A-list talent to complete newcomers.

Despite the movie business changing drastically in recent years, relying more on franchises than big-name actors to sell tickets, there are still some who demand a high price.

They include Jennifer Lawrence, Will Smith, and Dwayne Johnson, who all made around $20 million a picture (for Red Sparrow, Netflix's Bright, and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, respectively).

Those still part of huge franchises can still make top-dollar, Harrison Ford and Robert Downey Jr. making $15 for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Some actors are also making deals that take into account the final box-office gross. Emma Watson, for instance, was paid $3 million for Beauty and the Beast, but ended up pocketing $20 million after the film made over $1 billion.

At the bottom of the scale for leading actors are those who have limited credits but then appear in franchises. For instance, both Gal Gadot and Henry Cavil made between $150,000 and $300,000 for Wonder Woman and Man of Steel. Below them, the kids from It made between $65,000 and $75,000 each.

TV stars can also make considerable amounts of money. At the top end are those who appear as regulars on the biggest TV shows. The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki make $900,000 per episode, around $20 million for the series.

Game of Thrones’ leading cast members take $500,000 per episode, while Kevin Spacey earns the same per episode of House of Cards.

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Actors lower on the credits can make large amounts also, with Indira Varma — who played Ellaria Sand on Game of Thrones — taking $55,000 an episode. Supporting actors with no former experience, such as the kids on Stranger Things, make around the $30 million mark.

THR’s report also details how much screenwriters, producers, directors, and make-up artists can make on these projects. Check out the full report here.

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