The British comedy industry is one of the most lucrative industries in the United Kingdom. This industry is well-known for its continually odd characters, stories, and settings. UK’s comedy industry has given birth to some of the most popular comedians and personalities in the world. Aside from being popular, these comedians and personalities have gathered a lot of money. In this article, you will see the top 10 richest comedians in the United Kingdom. Let’s read down together.
Richest Comedians in the United Kingdom: Top 10 in 2022
These are the top 10 wealthiest comedians in the United Kingdom:
1. Rowan Atkinson
With an estimated net worth of $150 million, Rowan Atkinson is the number one richest comedian in the United Kingdom. Rowan Atkinson rose to fame in 1981, after he featured in the BBC sketch comedy program, ‘Not the Nine O’Clock News. He won the British Academy Television Award for Best Entertainment Performance, and Olivier Award, among other awards.
For his portrayal of Mr. Bean in the movies Bean (1997) and Mr. Bean’s Holiday in 2007, Rowan Atkinson rose to international fame. Other movie roles starred by Rowan include the red-billed hornbill Zazu in The Lion King (1994), and the James Bond movie Never Say Never Again (1983).
2. Sacha Baron Chen
Sacha Baron Chen ranks 2nd position among the top 10 richest comedians in the United Kingdom. He is an English actor, comedian, and producer with a cash flow of $145 million. Sacha is well-known for his formation and imitation of the imaginary satirical characters Ali G, Admiral General Aladeen, Borah Sagdiyev, etc.
Sacha has produced and featured in numerous comedic movies like Borat, The Dictator, and Ali G Indahouse, among others. Also, he is a recipient of numerous awards including the British Comedy Awards, BAFTA Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award, and others.
3. Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais has a growing total asset of $140 million and is also among the top 10 richest comedians in the United Kingdom. Apart from being a comedian, he is a scriptwriter, and actor who has written several films/comedic shows and has been featured in many movies.
Ricky has won 7 BAFTA awards, 2 Primetime Emmy awards, 5 British Comedy awards, and 3 Golden Globe Awards, among other awards/achievements. Also, he was ranked in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest entertainers in British comedy in 2003.
4. Michael McIntyre
With a net worth of $80 million, Michael McIntyre falls in 4th place among the10 richest comedians in the United Kingdom. Also, Michael is one of the highest-selling artists in the history of the O2 Arena, selling over 400,000 tickets for more than 28 shows.
Along with stand-up comedy, McIntyre has also performed in three episodes of ‘Live at the Apollo’. He has presented his comedy show on BBC One called ‘Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow’, and served as a judge on Britain’s Got Talent in 2011. Presently, Michael is the host of the game show, ‘The Wheel’ on BBC One and his Saturday night program, ‘Michael McIntyre’s Big Show’.
5. Peter Kay
Peter Kay is a 49-year-old stand-up comedian, who also makes the list of the richest comedians in the United Kingdom. He has an estimated net worth of $70 million. Besides, Peter is a writer, producer, and actor.
Kay started his stand-up comedy on the side while attending studying media performance at the University of Salford. His stand-up comedy tour from 2010 to 2011 was formally entered into the Guinness World Records as the most profitable ever after selling more than 1.2 million tickets. Kay has won several awards including the National Television Award for Best Comedy, BAFTA TV Award for Best Scripted Comedy, BAFTA TV Award for Best Male Comedy Performance, and many others.
6. Eric Idle
Eric Idle is one of the wealthiest comedians in the UK, with an estimated net worth of $70 million. He is a former member of the British surreal comedy group, ‘Monty Python’, and the parody rock band ‘The Rutles’. Eric is well-known for his complex wordplay and musical compositions.
Eric is a musician and songwriter. Many of Python’s songs, like “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” and “Galaxy Song,” were sung by Eric. In the first five seasons of Saturday Night Live in the US after Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Eric hosted the show four times and made appearances on The Simpsons.
7. Stephen Fry
With an estimated net worth of $40 Million, Stephen Fry is a multi-talented comedian who ranks seventh among the richest comedians in the United Kingdom. Stephen Fry gained popularity in the 1980s after featuring in several TV programs.
Stephen has appeared in various films including Wilde (1997), Love & Friendship (2016), and Gosford Park (2001), among others. Also from 2001 – 2017, Stephen served as host of the British Academy Film Awards 12 times.
8. Stephen Merchant
Stephen Merchant is an English comedian, presenter, writer, and actor with a cash flow of $40 million. Alongside Ricky Gervais, Stephen wrote and directed the British TV comedy series, ‘Extras’, ‘The Office’, and ‘Life’s Too Short. Stephen Merchant has won numerous honors, including 4 British Comedy Awards, 3 BAFTA Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, and 2 Golden Globe Awards.
9. Jimmy Carr
With a growing cash flow of $35 million, Jimmy Carr ranks ninth among the richest comedians in the United Kingdom. Jimmy Carr is a British-Irish comedian. He has received praise and criticism for his ability to deliver controversial one-liners with a deadpan tone.
Jimmy Carr started his comic career in 1997, and since then, he has hosted several panel programs for Channel 4 including 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, The Big Fat Quiz of the Year, 8 Out of 10 Cats, etc. He is regarded by many as one of the Greatest Stand-Ups in history.
10. Michael Palin
Sir Michael Palin ranks 10th place on the list of the richest comedians in the United Kingdom with an estimated net worth of $25 million. Michael was a member of the Monty Python comedy troupe, and he co-wrote the majority of his comic work with Terry Jones. A few of the well-known Python skits that Michael appeared in include ‘Argument Clinic’, ‘The Lumberjack Song’, ‘The Fish-Slapping Dance’ and ‘Bicycle Repair Man’.
In 1980, Michael started a new career as a travel writer and documentary filmmaker for BBC programs. Since then, he has visited several locations in the world, including the North and South Poles. In the New Year’s Honours of 2000, Michael received the CBE for his contributions to television. In the 2019 New Year Honours, he also earned a knighthood for her contributions to travel, culture, and geography.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who are the Highest-Paid Comedians in 2022?
Here are the top highest-paid comedians in 2022:
- Rowan Atkinson – US$150 million
- Will Ferrell – US$160 million
- Sacha Baron Cohen – US$160 million
- Mike Myers – US$200 million
- Eddie Murphy – US$200 million
- David Letterman – US$400 million
Who is the Richest Comedian in the UK?
Ricky Gervais is a British actor, comedian, filmmaker, and writer who has earned most of his net worth as the creator of the popular comedy show ‘The Office’. The series has gone on to become one of the most lucrative shows in history. As of October 2022, Ricky Gervais’ net worth is roughly $140 million.
Who are the top 4 Richest Comedians in the World?
|1||Jerry Seinfeld||$920 Million|
|2||Larry David||$800 Million|
|3||Matt Groening||$500 Million|
|4||Bill Cosby||$400 Million|
Who are the Top 8 Richest Comedians?
This is the list of the top 8 richest comedians:
- Jerry Seinfeld
- Matt Stone
- Matt Groening
- Trey Parker
- Ellen DeGeneres
- Jay Leno
- Byron Allen
- Adam Sandler
The comedy industry has continued to produce wealthy comedians. Among some of the richest comedians in the United Kingdom are Rowan Atkinson, Sacha Baron Chen, and Ricky Gervais, among others. To learn more, go through the write-up above carefully.