Acting is a fantastic business to break into. If you are talented and or good looking, you can make a pretty nice sum of money to retire on in your twilight years if you don’t mind putting up with the paparazzi. Combine your talent and/or looks with a phenomenally successful book-turned-film-series and you’re on to a winner.
Rowling has written six sequels and 3 spin-offs. She has sold 450 million copies of the Harry Potter actors alone (not to mention the sales of her newer novels), has earned herself $1 billion and turned her books into an overwhelmingly successful film series.
Not bad for a woman who, before writing the first Harry Potter book was an unemployed Arts graduate. Since the first book was published in 1997 just 17 years ago, they have become the second best-selling book series in history while the films are to date the most successful film series ever.
Being on the Harry Potter gravy train was a ride and a half for anyone involved not least the actors who played the characters created by Rowling. Some already-big name stars were pulled in to take on iconic roles. For other actors their turn in the series launched a hugely profitable career.
Top 10 Richest ‘Harry Potter’ Actors 2018
Daniel Radcliffe :-
Daniel Jacob Radcliffe (born 23 July 1989) is an English actor. He rose to prominence as the title character in the Harry Potter film series. He made his acting debut at 10 years of age in BBC One’s 1999 television movie David Copperfield, followed by his film debut in 2001’s The Tailor of Panama. At age 11, he was cast as Harry Potter in the first Harry Potter film, and starred in the series for 10 years until the release of the eighth and final film in 2011.
Completely unknown before the first film (complying with JK Rowling’s wishes), Radcliffe was soon a household name appearing in film theatres all over the world as the bespectacled, scar-headed Harry Potter. The role, which Radcliffe took on for over a decade, was well received and he too has enjoyed continued success since leaving the much-loved character behind.His first on-screen post-Potter release was the 2012 horror film The Woman in Black, which received positive reviews.
- Net Worth :- $86 million
- Born: July 23, 1989 (age 24), Fulham, United Kingdom
- Height: 1.65 m
- Parents: Alan Radcliffe, Marcia Gresham
- Education: Sussex House School, City of London School
- Awards: MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo, more
Emma Thompson :-
Emma Thompson (born 15 April 1959) is a British actress, comedienne, screenwriter and author. She first came to prominence in 1987 in two BBC TV series, Tutti Frutti and Fortunes of War; she won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress for her work in both. Her first major film role was in the 1989 romantic comedy The Tall Guy. In 1992, Thompson won multiple acting awards, including an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award for Best Actress, for her performance in the British drama Howards End. In 1993, Thompson garnered dual Academy Award nominations, as Best Actress for The Remains of the Day and as Best Supporting Actress for In the Name of the Father.
Thompson was one of the best-known castings in the series, having won several awards (most significantly an Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe) for her performance in 1992’s Howard’s End, a British film which received widespread acclaim.Since finishing up filming her role as Trelawney, Thompson has enjoyed continued success, receiving several nominations for her performance in 2018 Saving Mr Banks, and endearing fans worldwide with her eccentric behaviour at 2018 Golden Globes.
- Net Worth :- $64 million
- Born: April 15, 1959 (age 54), Paddington, London, United Kingdom
- Spouse: Greg Wise (m. 2003), Kenneth Branagh (m. 1989–1995)
- Children: Tindyebwa Agaba Wise, Gaia Romilly Wise
- Siblings: Sophie Thompson
- Awards: Academy Award for Best Actress, more
Kenneth Branagh :-
Sir Kenneth Charles Branagh, (born 10 December 1960) is an actor, director, producer, and screenwriter from Northern Ireland. He has directed or starred in several film adaptations of William Shakespeare’s plays, including Henry V (1989) (for which he was nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Actor and Best Director), Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Othello (1995), Hamlet (1996) (for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay), Love’s Labour’s Lost (2000), and As You Like It (2006).
He has also starred in numerous other films and television series including Fortunes of War (1987), Wild Wild West (1999), The Road to El Dorado (2000), Conspiracy (2001), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), Warm Springs (2005), Valkyrie (2008), Wallander (2008–present), and My Week with Marilyn (2011) as Sir Laurence Olivier (Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor).
Kenneth Branagh is worth the comfortable sum of $55 million. His role as pompous professor Gilderoy Lockhart was in the second film, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Like some others on our top ten, Branagh was a movie star before taking on his Potter role the late 1980s and 1990s had brought him no less than four Oscar nominations.
- Net Worth :- $55 million
- Born: December 10, 1960 (age 53), Belfast, United Kingdom
- Height: 1.77 m
- Full name: Kenneth Charles Branagh
- Spouse: Lindsay Brunnock (m. 2003), Emma Thompson (m. 1989–1995)
- Upcoming movie: Cinderella
Gary Oldman :-
Gary Leonard Oldman(born 21 March 1958) is an English screen and stage actor, filmmaker and musician. As an actor he has collaborated with many of Hollywood’s biggest filmmakers including Francis Ford Coppola, Christopher Nolan, Ridley Scott, Oliver Stone, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Zemeckis. Some of his best-known roles are Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy, Joe Orton in Prick Up Your Ears, Lee Harvey Oswald in JFK, Count Dracula in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Drexl Spivey in True Romance, Norman Stansfield in Léon.
The Professional Ludwig van Beethoven in Immortal Beloved, Sirius Black in the Harry Potter series, James Gordon in Nolan’s Batman trilogy, and George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Oldman is also known for his role in the films Meantime, The Firm, State of Grace, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Basquiat, The Fifth Element, Air Force One, The Contender, Hannibal, Kung Fu Panda 2, and Lawless. As of 2018, Oldman’s films have grossed over $3.7 billion at the United States box office, and over $9.6 billion worldwide.
Gary Oldman has been acting since 1979. To the delight of many Potter fans, Oldman was cast as Sirius Black – Harry’s godfather – starting from the third instalment, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.Oldman had already acted in many and varied roles throughout the course of his career before starring as Black in the Potter films. One of his most significant roles was as Lee Harvey Oswald in 1991’s ‘JFK’. His casting came just after something of a career slump in the early 2000s but his popularity has since rebounded.He played Commissioner Gordon in all three films of The Dark Knight franchise and, collectively his films have taken in over $9.6 billion worldwide.
- Net Worth :- $40 million
- Born: March 21, 1958 (age 55), New Cross, London, England, London, United Kingdom
- Siblings: Laila Morse
- Spouse: Alexandra Edenborough (m. 2008), more
- Awards: BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay, more
- Children: Alfie Oldman, Charlie John Oldman, Gulliver Flynn Oldman
Emma Watson :-
Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson (born 15 April 1990) is an English actress and model. She rose to prominence playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series; she was cast as Hermione at the age of nine, having previously acted only in school plays. She starred in all eight Harry Potter films, alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint.Watson’s work on the Harry Potter series has earned her several awards and more than £10 million. She made her modelling debut for Burberry’s autumn/winter campaign in 2009. In October 2017, she was voted Sexiest Female Movie Star in a worldwide poll conducted by Empire magazine.
Emma Watson who took on the role of Hermione Granger, bookworm and Harry’s second-best friend. Watson was the youngest core cast member, at just 9 years of age when casting took place. JK Rowling gave Watson her personal seal of approval, stating she was perfect for the role. Emma blossomed into a beautiful young woman and in 2009 made her modelling debut for Burberry’s Autumn-Winter collection. She has also maintained her acting career; her performance in 2018’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower was critically acclaimed.
- Net Worth :- $40 million
- Born: April 15, 1990 (age 23), Paris, France
- Height: 1.68 m
- Siblings: Toby Watson, Nina Watson, Lucy Watson, Alex Watson
- Education: Brown University (2009–2011), more
- Upcoming movie: Noah
Rupert Grint :-
Rupert Alexander Lloyd Grint(born 24 August 1988) is an English actor who rose to prominence playing Ron Weasley, one of the three main characters in the Harry Potter film series. Grint was cast as Ron Weasley at the age of 11 having previously acted only in school plays and at his local theatre group. From 2017 to 2018 he starred in all eight Harry Potter films alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson. Beginning in 2002 Grint began to work outside of the Harry Potter franchise, taking on a co-leading role in Thunderpants.
He has had starring roles in Driving Lessons, a dramedy released in 2006, and Cherrybomb, a small budgeted drama of limited release in 2010. Grint co-starred with Bill Nighy and Emily Blunt in Wild Target, a comedy. A net worth of $36 million earns Rupert Grint his spot on our list just missing out on the top five. Aged just 11 when he was cast as Harry’s best friend Ron Weasley, Grint effectively grew up in the Harry Potter studios with some of his younger cast mates.
- Net Worth :- $36 million
- Born: August 24, 1988 (age 25), Harlow, United Kingdom
- Height: 1.73 m
- Education: Richard Hale School
- Siblings: Samantha Grint, James Grint, Georgina Grint, Charlotte Grint
- Parents: Nigel Grint, Joanne Grint
Tom Felton :-
Thomas Andrew “Tom” Felton (born 22 September 1987)is an English actor and singer. He is best known for playing the role of Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter film series, the film adaptations of the best-selling Harry Potter novels by author J.K. Rowling for which he auditioned at age twelve. Felton started filming in commercials when he was eight years old and in films at the age of ten, appearing in The Borrowers and Anna and the King. After being cast as Draco Malfoy he has subsequently appeared in all eight Harry Potter films, from 2001 to 2011.
Felton’s portrayal of Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 won him the MTV Movie Award for Best Villain in 2010 and 2011. Tom Felton took on the role of Draco Malfoy, yet another of Harry’s enemies (he had a few, didn’t he?). Felton was a child when he was cast as the pale, blonde and incredibly spoiled Draco. However unlike most of the kids who landed leading roles in the film, Felton had previous big-screen acting experience under his belt.
- Net Worth :- $35 million
- Born: September 22, 1987 (age 26), Epsom, United Kingdom
- Height: 1.75 m
- Education: Howard of Effingham School
- Siblings: Chris Felton, Ashley Felton, Jonathan Felton
- Parents: Sharon Anstey, Peter Felton
Robert Pattinson :-
Robert Douglas Thomas Pattinson (born 13 May 1986) is an English actor, model, musician and producer. Pattinson started his career by playing Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. He later landed the leading role of Edward Cullen in the film adaptations of the Twilight novels by Stephenie Meyer, and came to worldwide fame, thus establishing himself among the highest paid and most bankable actors in Hollywood.
In 2018, Pattinson was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in The World, and also in the same year Forbes ranked him as one of the most powerful celebrities in the world in the Forbes Celebrity 100. An actor who only appeared in one Potter film, Robert Pattinson was cast in the dishy role of Cedric Diggory in the fourth instalment, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Before landing the role he was relatively unknown but since then, his star has soared.
- Net Worth :- $32 million
- Born: May 13, 1986 (age 27), London, United Kingdom
- Height: 1.85 m
- Upcoming movies: Queen of the Desert, The Rover
- Parents: Richard Pattinson, Clare Pattinson
- Siblings: Lizzy Pattinson, Victoria Pattinson
Ralph Fiennes :-
Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes (born 22 December 1962), is an English actor. A noted Shakespeare interpreter, he first achieved success onstage at the Royal National Theatre.Fiennes’ portrayal of Nazi war criminal Amon Goeth in Schindler’s List (1993) earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor, and won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
His performance as Count Almásy in The English Patient (1996) garnered him a second Academy Award nomination, for Best Actor, as well as BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations. English actor Ralph Fiennes took on the difficult role of the most evil and notorious Dark Wizard of all time: Lord Voldemort, aka Tom Riddle, aka You Know Who, aka He Who Must Not Be Name.He first stepped into the sweeping robes of Harry’s mortal enemy in 2005, for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and remained a central part of the cast until the final film.
- Net Worth :- $25 million
- Born: December 22, 1962 (age 51), Ipswich, United Kingdom
- Height: 1.83 m
- Spouse: Alex Kingston (m. 1993–1997)
- Siblings: Joseph Fiennes, Martha Fiennes, Magnus Fiennes, Sophie Fiennes, Jacob Fiennes, Michael Emery
- Awards: Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play, more
Helena Bonham Carter :-
Helena Bonham Carter, CBE (born 26 May 1966) is a multi-awarded English actress. She made her acting debut in a television adaptation of K. M. Peyton’s A Pattern of Roses before her debut film role as the titular character in Lady Jane. She is known for her roles in films, such as, A Room with a View, Fight Club, The King’s Speech, and playing the villainess Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter series. She frequently collaborates with her domestic partner, director Tim Burton, in films such as: Planet of the Apes, Big Fish, Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Alice in Wonderland, and Dark Shadows.
In 2018, she played Miss Havisham in Great Expectations, and Madame Thénardier in Les Miserables. Helena Bonham Carter is the first of several Oscar-nominated actors on our list and kicks off our top ten. Her performance as the evil Bellatrix Lestrange was widely acclaimed by critics and fans alike; the actress was described at the time as a “shining but underused talent” in her supporting role.
- Net Worth :- $24 million
- Born: May 26, 1966 (age 47), Golders Green, London, United Kingdom
- Height: 1.57 m
- Partner: Tim Burton (2001–)
- Children: Billy Raymond Burton, Nell Burton
- Awards: Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, more