Highest paid actors around the world in 2022

Highest paid actors around the world

Amid the pandemic, at one hand where people were suffering from the coronavirus, some were looking to entertain the people at their best, as this year the Life is getting back on track, and everything is getting normal, but the work doesn’t stop. 

These last two years were very challenging, it affected the box office and the whole entertainment market, the theatres were shut down. Even the shooting was shut down for a while, it has recovered a bit with the new guidelines, and these actors have earned the most from their work, and that’s why they are on the list of highest-paid actors for the current year around the globe. 

They have given their successful movies to the world and earned a lot, and some of the big-budget films did exceptionally well when released on the OTT platforms like Disney Plus Hotstar, Netflix, HBO Max, etc. So these are the top actors who have managed to spot their position in the list of highest-paid actors worldwide. 

Daniel Craig


In this multiple entertainment industry spread worldwide, Daniel Craig is one of the well-known names & faces for almost everyone. Daniel Wroughton Craig is one of the prominent British actors, and he is widely known for his role as secret agent James Bond in the film series. After that, it just became a synonym for his James Bond. 

The actor was born in Chester, England, on March 2, 1968, and started his journey in 1992. At first, he completed his training at the School of Music & dance at national youth theatre and made his debut with the drama named The Power of One in the year 1992.

In 1995, he appeared in a family movie called A Kid in King Arthur’s Court but got the breakthrough for his career from the serial drama name Our Friends in the North in 1996. 

He has appeared in movies including Casino Royale, Spectre, Skyfall, Layer Cake, Quantum of Solace, Logan Lucky, The Invasion, Cowboys & Aliens, Knives Out, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Golden Compass, Munich, Road To Perdition, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Elizabeth, GoldenEye and many more, the list won’t end. 

For his roles & acting, he has won several awards like the London Film Critics award for Best actors Independent Spirit Award and had been nominated for British Academy Awards, Primetime Emmy Awards, and Golden Globe Awards. He is also known for his fundraiser and charity works & he is involved with charities like S A F E Kenya, Opportunity Network and more.

He charged the whopping amount of $ 100 million for his last work with Netflix that was a series. 

Dwayne Johnson

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The Rock for the whole world is his ring name but born with the name Dwayne Douglas Johnson. He is one of the most successful American actors, and apart from that, he is a businessman and a former pro wrestler. He is also considered one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. 

He was born in Hayward, California, United States, on May 2, 1972. He wrestled in WWE for eight years before he began his journey in the acting industry.

He entered the Hollywood industry by becoming a wrestling star, but he proved himself to be an all-rounder; he is now one of the highest-paid and highest-grossing actors in the industry. In the year 1999, he made his first acting appearance on television. 

Later the actor started getting into the acting profession, and he has appeared in many movies like Red Notice, Jungle Cruise, Rampage, Fast & Furious Baywatch, Jumanji: The Next Level.

Central Intelligence, Snitch, San Andreas, Jumanji: Welcome to the jungle, Tooth Fairy, Pain & Gain, Get Smart, Hercules, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Race to Witch Mountain, The Scorpion King, The Mummy Returns, The Fate of the Furious, Rampage, etc. 

In 2012, he started his own production company named Seven Bucks Productions. He has won several awards, including Teen Choice Awards, CinemaCon, Kids Choice Award, Mr Olympia, Hollywood Walk of Fame, and 100 most influential people in the world. Red Notice is one of the most-watched films that counts around 328.8 million hours, and he charges around $ 50 million for his work. 

Will Smith

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Willard Carroll Smith II, who is also known by his stage name The Fresh King, is a well-known American actor, film producer, and actor. He is often spotted delivering groundbreaking entertainment in television, music and movies. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the United States, on September 25, 1968. 

The actor started his journey in 1986, and he began the path with hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince; Jeffrey is one of his childhood friends. In 1993, he got his film breakthrough with a significant role in a drama named Six Degrees of Separation and an action movie called Bad Boys in 1995.

In 1996, he became a cast of Independence Day by Roland Emmerich, which resulted in a blockbuster. It became the 2nd highest-grossing film in that time, and Will Smith was able to establish himself. 

He has appeared in movies including Gemini Man, Bad Boys For Life, Aladdin, Focus, After Earth, Concussion, Collateral Beauty, Suicide Squad, The Pursuit of Happyness, I Am Legend, Men In Black 3, Hitch, I Robot, Ali, Enemy of the State, and many more. 

Will Smith has won many awards like Favourite Soul/ R & B Album, Favourite Pop/Rock Album, Favorite Soundtrack, the award for best rap performance, best rap performance by a duo or group, best rap solo performance, best music video.

He was also nominated for the award of Best Actor for his movie The Pursuit of happiness in Academy awards, nominated for British Academy Film Award, won Cesar Award, nominated for Critics’ Choice Super Awards, Golden Globe Awards, NAACP Image Awards, Primetime Emmy Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, and many more.

The actor charged around $ 40 million for his latest role of Richard William in the movie ‘King Richard’ as the father of tennis players Serena Williams and Venus. 

He has also registered his name in the Guinness Book of World Records for world record-breaking three premiers in 24 hours, and he is also referred to as the most powerful actor in Hollywood. He has been awarded by Grammy Award four times. He is one of the most influential actors in the industry and holds a robust fan following with him. 

Denzel Washington

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Denzel Hayes Washington Junior, who is widely recognized as Denzel Washington, is one of the prominent & successful American actors. Apart from being an actor, he is a producer, and he is known for his stage performances. He was born in Mount Vernon, New York, United States, on December 28, 1954. 

The actor is referred to as the one who reconfigured the whole concept of classic movie stardom. He started his journey in the year 1975; at that time, he did acting in the theatres, and he came into the spotlight from the medical drama named St. Elsewhere from 1982 to 1988.

In the 1990s, he established himself as the leading actor. He has appeared in films including Fences, The Equalizer, Safe House, The Equalizer 2, 2 Guns, Training Day, Flight, Man on Fire, American Gangster, Philadelphia, The Great Debaters, Crimson Tide, Deja Vi, Unstoppable, Malcolm X, The Taking of Pelham 123, Inside Man, Remember the Titans, The Little Things, and many more. 

For his contribution and performance, he has won several awards like Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Screen Actors Guild Award, Tony Award and has been nominated for Grammy Awards Primetime Emmy Awards.

He has also received the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, and he was also listed as the most outstanding actor of the 21st century by The New York Times. He has appeared in more than 50 films, and at his last work, he charged the whopping amount of around $40 million in ‘The Little Things’.

Leonardo DiCaprio

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Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio is one of the well-known American actors, and you might have also seen the savage memes on various social media sites. He has been ranked eight times as the highest-paid actor in the world. The actor was born in Los Angeles, California, United States, on November 11, 1974. 

Apart from being a successful actor, he is a producer as well, and he started his journey from the year 1989; he started appearing in commercial advertisements, and later he appeared in a television sitcom named Parenthood and in 1993, he got a significant film in This Boy’s Life. 

He got his international stardom after becoming a part of Romeo-Juliet in 1996 and the iconic movie Titanic in 1997. He has appeared in films like The Revenant, J Edgar, The Aviator, Body of Lies, The Wolf, of Wall Street, Shutter Island, Catch Me If You Can, The Departed, Gangs of New York, Blood Diamond, Django Unchained, The Great Gatsby, Inception, Once Up a time in Hollywood, Orphan, Red Riding Hollywood, Richard Jewell, Don’t Look Up and many more. 

The actor has won various awards like Academy Award for best supporting actor, Academy Award for best actor, Golden Globe Award for best actor in motion picture drama, BAFTA Award and Screen Actors Guild Awards for best actor and many more. He is also involved in environmental activism, politics, philanthropy. Leonardo charged around $ 30 million for his last work, and he is known for playing real-life characters in the movies. 

Mark Wahlberg

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Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg is well recognized with its former stage name Marky Mark. He is one of the prominent American actors and a former rapper. The actor was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the United States, on June 5, 1971. 

Apart from being an actor, he is a businessman and a television producer. He started his journey in the year 1989 & he was also a member of a music group named Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.

While working in that, he released albums called Music for the People in the year 1991, You’ve got to Believe in 1992 and later in the year 1994, he made his screen debut with Renaissance Man and got the star lead in the year 1996 in the movie FEAR. 

He has appeared in movies like Spenser Confidential, Mile 22, Deepwater Horizon, Joe Bell, Daddy’s Home, Pain & Gain, The Gambler, 2 Guns, Broken City, Lone Survivor, Ted, Transformers: The Last Knight, Date Night, Shooter, Max Payne, The Departed, The Lovely Bones, The Italian Job, Planet of the Apes, The Perfect Storm, The Yard, All the Money in the World, and many more. 

From 1984 to 1997, he was associated with Music, and he played Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop, New Jack Swing, and Endurance. He has been nominated for the Academy Awards twice, Golden Globe Awards, Primetime Emmy Awards, SAG Awards, the award for Best International Program, the award for Best On-Screen Duo, had been nominated for Choice movie actor favourite action team and many more.

He has appeared in more than 53 films in his career of the last 29 years. He was last seen in the movie ‘Spenser Confidential’ in the year 2020 & it was a blockbuster movie. The actor charged around $ 30 million for his work in the film released on Netflix. 

Ryan Gosling

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Ryan Thomas Gosling is one of the prominent Canadian actors, and he started his journey at the age of 13 as a child artist. He was born in London, Ontario, Canada, on November 12, 1980. 

Apart from being a successful actor, he is a musician as well, and he started his journey in the year 1993. He got broader recognition in the year 2004 when he appeared in the leading role of the romantic film The Notebook.

In 1993, the actor attended an open audition for the revival of The Mickey Mouse Club by Disney and from that, he got the contract for two years.

He has appeared in movies including The Nice Guys, Crazy, Stupid Love, First Man, Gangster Squad, La La Land, The Place Beyond the Pines, Blade Runner 2049, Blue Valentine, The Notebook, Parasite, Remember the Titans, The Big Short. 

He has won various awards like MTV Award, Golden Globe Award, Independent Spirit Award, Teen Choice Award, Satellite Award for Best Actor, Chlotrudis Award, Irish Film and Television Audience Award for Best Actor, Golden Aries Award for Best Foreign Actor and many more. 

The actor was last seen in the spy action thriller named “The Gray Man” on Netflix in 2020 and charged around $ 20 million for his work. The movie was a huge budget film and considered one of the costliest films on Netflix that has been produced, and it cost around $ 200 million. The Russo Brothers directed the film. 

Chris Hemsworth

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Christopher Hemsworth, widely known as Chris Hemsworth, is one of the prominent Australian actors and is now established as one of the highest-paid actors in the world. He was born in Melbourne, Australia, on August 11, 1983. 

Apart from being a successful actor, he is a well-known producer, and he started his acting journey in 2002. He is widely recognized for playing the role of Kim Hyde in the television series named Home and Away from the year 2004 to 2007, before playing the positions in the film in Hollywood. 

Later, he started playing the role of Thor from the year 2011, and he gained a breakthrough from this character.

The actor has appeared in movies including Thor: Ragnarok, Thor: Love and Thunder, Avengers: Endgame, Extraction, Thor: The Dark World, Men in Black: International, Snow White and the Huntsman, Avengers: Infinity War, Extraction 2, The Huntsman: Winter’s War, In the Heart of the Sea, 12 Strong, Ghostbusters, Vacation, Rush, Star Trek, The Cabin in The Woods, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and many more. 

He has worked for over a decade in the acting industry, and he charges a whopping amount of $ 20 million for his work. 

Brad Pitt

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William Bradley Pitt, who is widely recognized as Brad Pitt, is a prominent American actor. He was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States, on December 18, 1963. 

Apart from being one of the highest-paid actors globally, he is a film producer as well. He started his industry journey in the year 1987. In that year, he appeared in the film named No Way Out with uncredited parts.

In the same year, he made his television debut with the soap opera called Another World. During his struggling days, he took training from the acting coach Roy London in Los Angeles. He started moving towards his growth with appearances in different shows. 

The actor has appeared in the movie, including Fury, Allied, Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood, The Big Short, World War 2, Killing Them Softly, The tree of Life, 12 Years A Slave, Moneyball, Troy, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Megamind, Babel, Mr. & Mrs Smith, Ocean’s Twelve, Ocean’s Eleven, Meet Joe Black, Seven Years in Tibet, 12 Monkeys, The Devil’s Own, Fight Club, and many more. 

Brad Pitt has won several awards like Academy Awards for Best Picture, Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Golden Globe Award for best-supporting actor, Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding performance, BAFTA Awards, MTV Movies & TV Award for Best Film, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor, and many more. He charged around $ 20 million for his last work in a thriller film directed by George Clooney.  

Michael B. Jordan

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Michael Bakari Jordan is one of the well-known prominent American actors, and he is known for his versatile & spectacular acting. He was born in Santa Ana, California, the United States, on February 9, 1987. 

Apart from being a successful actor, he is a well-known film producer and director. The actor started his journey in the industry in 1999, but he got his break in the 1st season of the HBO crime drama named The Wire, which was aired in 2002. 

He is considered one of the 100 most influential people globally and has been ranked number 15 in the 25 greatest actors in the 21st century. He has appeared in movies including Creed, Creed II, Black Panther, Without Remorse, Just Mercy, Creed III, A Journal for Jordan, Fantastic Four, Space Jam: A New Legacy, Chronicle, Hardball, Fruitvale Station, Kin, Fantastic Four 2, That Awkward, Moment, Red Tails, From Rocky to Creed, Justice League, Blackout, Pastor Brown, Wrong Answer, Coach: Words Matter and many more, 

For his fantastic performance & acting, he has won many awards like Soap Opera Digest Award, NAACP Image Award multiple times, EWwy Awards, Detroit Film Critics Award, Gotham Award, Hollywood Film Awards, National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, Satellite Awards, Independent Spirit Award, African-American Film Critics Award, Boston Online Critics Association, Las Vegas Film Critics Society, Black Reel Award, etc. He charged around $15 million for playing a role in ‘Without Remorse’ as a Navy elite. 

Robert Downey Jr. 

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The Iron Man or Robert Downey Jr, known for both names, is one of the favourite Marvel superheroes of the audience. He is one of the prominent American actors and is one of the highest-paid actors in the industry. 

He was born in New York City, United States, on April 4, 1965, and apart from being an actor, he is a well-known producer. He started his journey in the year 1970. In that year, while he was 5, he made his acting debut in the film named Pound along with his father. In 1985, he worked with Bart Pack in the teen film Weird Science & Less Than Zero 1987. 

He faced drug charges, and he stayed in the drug treatment program. Later he worked on himself and appeared in many movies, including Iron Man, Avengers: Endgame, Sherlock Holmes, Iron Man 3, Dolittle, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Iron Man 2, Avengers: Infinity War, Tropic Thunder, Captain America: Civil War, The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Sherlock Holmes 3, Due Date, The Judge, Chaplin, Pinocchio, Black Widow, Zodiac, Only You, I am ‘Iron Man’, Heart and Souls and many more. 

He has won the British Academy Film Award, Golden Globe Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, nominated for Academy Awards, Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, Primetime Emmy Awards, and many more. 

So these are some of the highest-paid actors in the world, and they are ruling the acting industry and are role models for many youngsters looking up to these stars. 

and are role models for many youngsters looking up to these stars. 

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