||Making it in Tinseltown, while also maintaining your artistic integrity, is a difficult balancing act. It is one that Jude has managed, however, and he is now reaping the rewards of being a bona-fide star. His paycheque for The Talented Mr Ripley was just over £400,000, but that figure has been rising steadily with each movie he makes. The actor was paid just over £4 million for Alfie, while Closer netted him £5 million.
In terms of box office clout, he isn't in quite the same league as the Tom Cruises and Russell Crowes of this world. But then again, the softly-spoken Londoner has never expressed any desire to be. "He is a beautiful boy with the mind of a man," says Cold Mountain director Anthony Minghella. "A character actor struggling to get out of a beautiful body."