The world's highest-paid actor with £49m may surprise you...

Forbes has released its annual list of the world's highest-paid actors, with Johnny Depp, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise all securing a place in the top ten. It may come as a surprise however that the star with the most earnings from the past year is... Dwayne Johnson, also known as The Rock.

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The Ballers star raked in a near total of £49m this year, compared to his £24m earnings last year that placed him eleventh in the rich list.



The Rock pulled in a near total of £49m this year

For the second consecutive year, Jackie Chan was named the second highest-paid actor, earning a cool £48m. The Hong Kong-born star may not have had a Hollywood release for some time, but he is the king of China's burgeoning box office.

In third place was The Martian's Matt Damon with £41m, jumping up 17 places compared to 2015.

Following Matt in fourth place was Tom Cruise with £40m, newly divorced Johnny Depp with £36m and Ben Affleck with £32m.


Jackie Chan was named the second highest-paid actor for the second consecutive year

But no one could surpass The Rock, who scored his highest annual paycheck to date. The wrestler's wages came from upfront fees for films including Central Intelligence and Fast 8, as well as the forthcoming Baywatch in which he's set to play Mitch Buchannon.

Even at the very top, a pay gap prevails. Jennifer Lawrence is the world's highest-paid actress with £35m – a rough 72 per cent of The Rock's total earnings.

Those who have dropped off the list this year are Daniel Craig, Hugh Jackman and Channing Tatum, largely due to their quieter years. Liam Neeson, Seth Rogen and Chris Hemsworth all narrowly missed the £11m cut off for this year's ranking.


Ben Affleck was placed sixth with £32m 

The world's highest-paid actors for 2016:

Dwayne Johnson – £49m
Jackie Chan – £48m
Matt Damon – £41m
Tom Cruise – £40m
Johnny Depp – £36m
Ben Affleck – £32m
Vin Diesel – £26m
Shah Rukh Khan and Robert Downey Jr – £25m
Akshay Kumar and Brad Pitt – £23m

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