Tuesday, November 30, 2010

As if by magic, Harry Potter stars lead Brit rich list... but Emma Watson only comes third

By Liz Thomas

She has earned more at the tender age of 20 than most of us can imagine making in a lifetime.

But despite having more than £20million to her name, Emma Watson has only made it to third place in a list charting the wealthiest British stars aged 30 and under – with her Harry Potter co-star Daniel Radcliffe beating her to the top spot.

Miss Watson’s fortune has come primarily from her role as Hermione Granger in the seven films, topped up by a contract as the face of Burberry and modelling work for Chanel.

Wealthy: Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson are collectively worth more than £65million

But Radcliffe, 21, is estimated to have made more than £45.6million from playing the boy wizard, as well as starring in West End and Broadway productions such as Equus.

Keira Knightley wins second place in the chart, with a £30.1million fortune from roles in films such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Atonement, as well as a modelling contract with Chanel.

But the Potter spell is cast again over fourth place – taken by actor Rupert Grint, who has made £19million from playing Harry’s sidekick Ron Weasley.

The success of teenage vampire films the Twilight Saga has seen 24-year-old Robert Pattinson become a multi-millionaire, earning £18.5million in just a few years.

Coleen Rooney, 24, also scrapes into the top ten, with £9million from deals with Littlewoods, Argos and Nike as well as her ITV2 series.

But Cheryl Cole, 27, only makes it to 14th place, with a relatively modest £7.9million income.

The list was compiled by industry experts for Heat magazine.

Editor Sam Delaney said: ‘The Heat rich list is proof that not all mega-rich people are corrupt, cigar-chomping fat cats.'


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