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From the very first night Malcom in the Middle hit TV screens Frankie Muniz was already earning US$30,000 per episode to play the show’s loveable protagonist. He quickly emerged as one of the most successful child entertainers of all time, winning himself an Emmy, a Golden Globe nomination and a colossal pay rise. He raked in US $120,000 per episode during the last season and went on to star in hit kid flick Agent Cody Banks.
Thought adult superstars earn a fortune? Read on as we uncover this Top 10 list and some of the seven figure pay checks cashed in by these filthy rich child stars. From silver screen blockbusters to hit TV shows, these A-listers are the highest paid young actors, and sure know how to earn a little extra pocket money on the side! Tell us if you think they deserve these lavish pay-checks for the job they do in the comments below.
As son of the super suave Will Smith Jaden was always going to be one cashed up kid. But that’s not his only claim to fame. Jaden is also a pretty talented actor, starring alongside his dad in The Pursuit of Happyness at the tender age of just eight years old. He cashed a US$1 million pay check for The Karate Kid, earned an extra US$2 million when the film grossed US$150 K and is now pursuing a career as a rap artist. He definitely takes after his daddy!
After winning herself a starring role on Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place Selena went on to become one of the hottest child stars of all time. Her cheeky smile, glossy hair and tanned complexion make her an absolute stunner, both on and off screen. While she originally earned US$30,000 per episode she now bulks out her bank account with three studio albums, world tours, a handful of films and constant VIP appearances.
This super cute youngster shot to fame when he scored a role as Carl Grimes on hit AMC TV show, The Walking Dead. Strutting his stuff alongside bloodthirsty zombies, Carl has received a myriad of Young Actor nominations for his impressive performance. With cumulative pay rises for every season, this 15 year old has definitely got a healthy college fund on the go.
Gorgeous, endearing and incredibly talented, Miss Fanning is one of the most recognised child stars on the planet. Her net worth of US$16 million was earned by starring in iconic films such as Charlotte’s Web, I Am Sam, War of the Worlds and Man on Fire. As a young adult she enjoys a mammoth salary, with her role as Jane in Breaking Dawn earning her US$4 million.
Angus T. Jones
Recognise this face? That’s probably because you’ve watched him win over Two and a Half Men viewers for a decade. While he left the show when he was 20, Jones supposedly demanded US$350,000 for every episode of the final two seasons. That makes him one of the highest paid TV teens of all time!
This English rose blossomed to fame wither role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films. After earning a cool £10 million before her 20th birthday Emma went on to become a Brown university graduate, gender equality activist, UN ambassador, fashion icon and model for prestigious brands such as Lancôme and Burberry. What a young lady!
Ahhh Macaulay. He used to be so cute but after a hugely successful career as a child actor he seems to have gone a little off the rails. But that doesn’t stop him from making our list as one of the highest paid child actors of all time. Home Alone earned him US$100,000 with his later films clearing up to US$8 million. A real life Richie Rich?
From unknown aspiring actor to world famous superstar, Daniel Radcliffe has come a long way since his days as a bespectacled 12 year old. Despite receiving US$33 million for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II this down to earth still continues to do what he loves, from starring in horror flicks and romantic comedies to stripping off for Broadway shows and strutting his stuff on West End.
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Justin Bieber (surprise, surprise)
During the height of his fame Justin seemed to have converted every teenage girl on the planet into a diehard ‘Belieber.’ While he may not be as innocent as his ‘Baby’ days Justin still continues to earn an astronomical salary, with a current net worth of US$200 million. Who would have thought that a youngster singing his heart out on YouTube could go on to release three full length studio albums, a constant string of hits and sell out stadiums across the globe?
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