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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Bullock is Hollywood's leading lady

Sandra Bullock is Hollywood's highest earning leading lady

Sandra Bullock has soared to new heights, after being named as the year's highest-earning actress in Hollywood.

The Oscar-winning actress beat Jennifer Lawrence and Jennifer Aniston to the top spot after she earned an estimated 51 million US dollars (£30 million) in the last year - mostly thanks to her award-winning role as an astronaut stranded in space in Alfonso Cuaron's drama, Gravity, according to Forbes.com.

The Oscar-winning film, which also starred George Clooney, brought in 716 million US dollars (£425 million) in global box office takings.

Jennifer Lawrence took second place on the list, with a reported 34 million US dollars (£20 million), boosted by her starring role as feisty heroine Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games franchise and Mystique in the new X-Men films.

Jennifer Aniston came in third with earnings of around 31 million US dollars (£18 million) following her roles in comedies such as Horrible Bosses and We're The Millers.

Iron Man star Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie - last year's top earner - completed the top five, with Amy Adams, Kristen Stewart and Scarlett Johansson among the top ten.

Despite Sandra's large pay packet, Forbes reported that there is a discrepancy between actresses and actor's salaries.

Females are still earning less than men in Hollywood, with the top ten women on the list earning a combined 216 million US dollars (£128 million), almost half of the 419 million US dollars (£249 million) that the top ten actors received.

Robert Downey Jr was named as the top Hollywood actor, having received around 75 million US dollars (£44.5 million) for the second year in a row, thanks to the Iron Man trilogy and Avengers films.

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