TV's highest paid actors revealed: Big Bang cast earn the big bucks

Gilmore Girls cast members Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel are reportedly earning $750,000 per episode.
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Gilmore Girls cast members Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel are reportedly earning $750,000 per episode.

Television actors are earning more than ever before, with The Big Bang Theory's leading men (and woman) earning an estimated US$1 million ($1.4million) per episode.

According to Variety magazine, Big Bang's Kaley Cuoco, John Galecki and Jim Parsons are still earning well above their Hollywood peers.

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Big Bang Theory core actors are still earning well above their Hollywood peers.
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Big Bang Theory core actors are still earning well above their Hollywood peers.

 

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is reportedly earning around US$400,000 per episode for his role in the dramedy Ballers, while actor Drew Barrymore is sitting on a tidy sum of US$350,000 per episode for her role in the Netflix original series, Santa Clarita Diet.

In the television drama category, Gilmore Girls' Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel, who play Lorelai and Rory Gilmore in reprised Netflix series, are earning $750,000 per episode.

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister.
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Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister.

Meanwhile, House of Cards actor Kevin Spacey, along with Game of Thrones cast members Peter Dinklage, Kit Harrington, Emilia Clarke and Lena Headey, are earning an estimated $500,000.

Just below them is Emmy-winner Claire Danes, who is earning $450,000 per episode for her leading role in the Showtime drama, Homeland.

Actors earning somewhat more modest pay packets include Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan for their leading roles in Showtime's Masters of Sex and the younger cast members of Fox network's Empire.

Kevin Spacey plays the role of Frank Underwood on the television series House of Cards.
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Kevin Spacey plays the role of Frank Underwood on the television series House of Cards.

See the full Variety list here.

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Masters of Sex Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan.

Masters of Sex Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan.

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