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Liam Neeson shoots into top 10 of highest paid actors

By Kirsty Blake Knox

Liam Neeson has made it into Forbes's top 10 list of the highest paid actors of 2014.

The Ballymena star ranked sixth after earning an impressive £21m in the last year — joining the likes of Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Bradley Cooper and Leonardo DiCaprio.

With Taken 3 due for release in early 2015 and roles in blockbusters Non-Stop and The Lego Movie, Neeson is believed to have earned around $36m.

That makes the 62-year-old Hollywood star one of Ireland's most bankable actors, outshining the likes of Michael Fassbender and Colin Farrell.

Iron Man star Robert Downey Jnr topped the list for the second year running with estimated earnings of $75m (£43m).

Downey Jnr's success comes as a result of his role as Iron Man, the Marvel Comics superhero.

Dwayne Johnson has successfully made the transition from wrestler to Hollywood superstar starring in big-budget movies like Hercules and San Andres and is worth $52m (£30m).

Bradley Cooper is believed to have netted $42m (£24m) thanks to his performances in Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle. Leonardo DiCaprio's role in The Wolf of Wall Street and The Great Gatsby saw him take home $39m (£22m).

Chris Hemsworth, was in fifth place with $37m (£21m) as a result of his role as Thor in The Avengers. Batman stars Ben Affleck and Christian Bale are in joint seventh place with $35m (£20.5m) while Will Smith and Mark Wahlberg both made $32m (£18.7m).

Neeson's up-coming films include A Monster Calls and Silence and he will also make a guest appearance on animated series Family Guy.

The rich list

1. Robert Downey Junior – $75m (£43m)

2. Dwayne Johnson – $52m (£30m)

3. Bradley Cooper – $42m (£24m)

4. Leonardo DiCaprio – $39m (£22m)

5. Chris Hemsworth – $37m (£21m)

6. Liam Neeson – $36m (£21m)

7. Ben Affleck and Christian Bale – $35m (£20.5m)

9. Will Smith and Mark Wahlberg – $32m (£18.7m)

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