Harry Potter stars lead the way thanks to franchise box office bankability
In fact, Watson’s biggest rival for the accolade is another Harry Potter co-star, Dame Maggie Smith. Although her role as Hogwarts teacher Minerva McGonagall has kept her busy, she’s found time for parts in Gosford Park and The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood too.
There’s some discussion over who tops the list as the biggest-grossing male actor. The Guiness Book of World Records, who compiled the original list, names an exhausted Samuel L Jackson as the market leader, with credits in 44 films – including Star Wars – to his name.
But Entertainment Weekly disagrees, citing Orlando Bloom as the winner with box office takings of $6.5 billion. He’s appeared in the massively successful Pirates of The Caribbean trilogy – as well as every boy’s favourite, The Lord of The Rings.