- By Check-a-Salary
- Posted Tuesday 19
th January 2021
Love or loathe them, underpaid or ridiculously overpaid, it’s only natural to be inquisitive about the salary of TV personalities, actors, and actresses. Here we take a look at the most searched for TV personalities from Piers Morgan to Holly Willoughby.
James Corden Salary: £6,500,00
James Corden is an actor, comedian, and television host with a reported salary of £6.5 million5. Perhaps most recognised here in the UK as Smithy from the comedy series Gavin and Stacey, James also enjoys great success in the United States as host of The Late Late Show. He co-wrote Gavin and Stacey, and the show won the Most Popular Comedy Programme at the NTA's in 2010 and had the highest Christmas Day viewership in the UK when it returned for a special on Christmas Day, 2019.
Gary Lineker Salary: £1,750,000
Gary Lineker is a retired footballer and sports broadcasting, earning £2,200,00 with a net worth of £25 million2. This Leicester-born English footballer holds FIFA’s record for the most goals scored in the World Cup finals. He has written columns for The Sunday Telegraph and hosts Match of the Day.
Piers Morgan Salary: £1,500,000
Piers Morgan is a journalist, writer, and television broadcaster reportedly earning £1.5 million4 with a net worth of £14 million. He started his career as a tabloid writer and editor, working for publications including The Sun and News of the World, and he is currently the co-host of Good Morning Britain from Monday to Wednesday. Controversial comments and an outspoken personality have made him a standout judge on Britain's Got Talent and America's Got Talent.
Susanna Reid Salary: £725,000
Susanna Reid, being the darling of the nation, is a British TV presenter and journalist who attracts a salary of £725,000 and has a net worth of more than £7 million1. She was the co-presenter of BBC Breakfast between 2003 and 2014. Since 2015, she has been a Good Morning British co-anchor, alongside Ben Shephard and Piers Morgan. She has also hosted Save Money: Good Food on ITV and Sunday Morning Live on the BBC.
Holly Willoughby Salary: £600,000
TV royalty Holly Willoughby has a £600,000 salary7 and an impressive net worth of £10 million. She is the UK’s most in-demand female presenter, appearing on Dancing on Ice and presenting alongside Phillip Schofield on This Morning. Holly was also a team captain on Celebrity Juice, ‘the best show on’t telly, not in full VR,’ with best friend and team captain Fern Cotton.
Phillip Schofield Salary: £600,000
Actor and producer Phillip Schofield fronts This Morning alongside Holly Willoughby and earns a £600,000 salary7. His TV credits include The Cube, All Star Mr & Mrs, and 5 Gold Rings. He officially announced that he was gay in 2020, after 27 years of marriage, and is fondly remembered as a Children’s BBC personality working alongside the always professional Gordon the Gopher.
Kay Burley Salary: £500,000
Kay Burley is a broadcaster and writer and is currently a presenter on Sky News, earning £500,0006. She started her career in local radio before joining TV-am in 1985 as a newsreader and presenter. Kay moved to Sky News when it started in 1988 and hosts Kay Burley @Breakfast on the news channel and she was one of the early contestants of Dancing on Ice.
Huw Edwards Salary: £465,000
Huw Edwards is a Welsh actor and BBC News at Ten news anchor who appeared in Skyfall with Britain’s favourite spy, 007 James Bond. Lesser known facts about Huw, who earns £465,0004, include working for Cardiff University researching medieval French, and his love of music playing piano and the organ.
Fiona Bruce Salary: £450,000
Fiona Bruce is an actress and writer who earns £450,0004. Staring in The Vicar of Dibley, she is a BBC newsreader and replaced Jill Dando as co-presenter of Crimewatch UK. Worrying about her looks, she famously commented that whoever invented high-definition must have been a bloke.
James O’Brien Salary: £365,000
James O’Brien is an English tabloid journalist, radio and TV presenter, author, and podcaster with a £365,000 Salary8 and a net worth of £1,250,000. The ‘Mystery Hour’ LBC presenter occasionally makes guest appearances on BBC Two’s Newsnight and has interviewed Lily Allen, Gary Lineker, Tony Blair, and Sir Nick Clegg on his podcasts.
Greg James Salary: £275,000
Greg James hosts Radio 1 Breakfast, taking over from Nick Grimshaw in 2018. Earning a £275,000 salary4, his passion for radio started at the young age of 14, pestering his way into a role at his local hospital radio station; however, unknowingly to him, the transmitter was damaged, and none of his shows were broadcast.
Adam Woodyatt Salary: £260,000
Adam Woodyatt is the longest-serving male actor on EastEnders and is renowned for his role as Ian Beale. He earns a reported £260,000 for his role3 and is one of only four members of the soap's original cast members. He started his career in 1983 in the TV Serial The Witches and later appeared in The Baker Street Boys. Along with his continuous appearance on the square, he has made guest appearances on A Question of Sport, Robot Wars, and Children in Need. In 2013 his longevity on our TV screens was recognised at the British Soap Awards, where he received a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dan Walker Salary: £260,000
Dan Walker is a newsreader, journalist, and television presenter on BBC Breakfast and Football Focus. He reportedly earns £260,0004 and can regularly be spotted on Match of the Day and Final Score. Dan started with work experience at Sheffields Hallam FM after winning a competition for young sports commentators. Walker went on to be a sports presenter on Key 103 in Manchester before moving to television as a commentator covering big events including the 2010 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympics.
Naga Munchetty Salary: £195,000
With a £195,000 salary4, Naga Minchetty is a presenter, journalist, newsreader, and BBC Breakfast host, the UK’s favoutite breakfast news programme. She has interviewed many of the greatest, including Mick Jagger, Tony Blair, Hillary Clinton, and Benedict Cumberbatch. Her quick-step and jive delighted us in 2016, during her time as a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing.
Highest Paid Soap Stars
Gary Lineker continues to top the list of highest-paid BBC salaries, closely followed by the much-loved Zoe Ball and the hilarious yet compassionate Graham Norton. Jack Shepherd, who plays David Platt, takes the number one spot in Coronation Street salaries, while Adam Woodyatt tops EastEnders' salaries as the longest-serving cast member.
How To Become a Soap Star or TV Presenter
If you wish to kickstart a career in acting, you should enroll in acting classes before looking for your first audition. You won’t need a degree in media or journalism to become a TV presenter or CBeebies presenter, but it can increase your odds.
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