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Liam Neeson slips down list of Holywood's highest paid actors

Robert Downey Jr tops the Forbes list after starring in The Avengers and Iron Man

By Claire Cromie

Liam Neeson has slipped down the list of Holywood's highest paid actors in 2015 - but remains the only Irish actor to feature on the list.

The Ballymena-born action star was ranked 6th in 2014 - but slips down to 22nd place this year on the Forbes list.

But Neeson (63) still earns a hell of a lot of money for his particular set of skills.

He has made $19.5m in the last year - £12.5m - following a spate of hit action films Run All Night, A Walk Among the Tombstones and the third installment in the wildly successful Taken series.

He also had cameo roles in Entourage and Ted 2.

Neeson earned the same paycheck as Gone Girl star Ben Affleck, and more than George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Russell Crowe and Seth Rogen.

The only British star to feature on the list is James Bond star Daniel Craig who is currently filming Spectre, directed by Sam Mendes.

Craig earned $27m in the past year making him 15th highest paid.

Top of the list of earners, however, is Robert Downey Jr who took home an estimated $80m thanks in the main to The Avengers and Iron Man.

Jackie Chan is second, making €50m.

This year is the first to feature a plethora of Bollywood stars.  Four of the top 10 highest paid actors are from outside the realms of Hollywood.

Bollywood heavyweights Amitabh Bachchan and Salman Khan both made $33.5m while Akshay Kumar earned €32.5m and came ninth in the list.

The World’s Highest-Paid Actors 2015

1. Robert Downey Jr: $80m

2. Jackie Chan: $50m

3. Vin Diesel: $47m

4. Bradley Cooper: $41.5m

5. Adam Sandler: $41m

6. Tom Cruise: $40m

7. Amitabh Bachchan: $33.5m

7. Salman Khan: $33.5m

9. Akshay Kumar: $32.5m

10. Mark Wahlberg: $32m

11. Dwayne Johnson: $31.5m

12. Johnny Depp: $30m

13. Leonardo DiCaprio: $29m

14. Channing Tatum: $29m

15. Chris Hemsworth: $27m

15. Daniel Craig: $27m

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