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Sheen, Laurie top TV salary list

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Charlie Harper in Two and a Half Men

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Charlie Sheen and Hugh Laurie have come out on top in a list of the highest-paid actors on US television.

TV Guide revealed that Sheen is the top earner overall, receiving $1.25m (around £795,000) per episode for his role as Charlie Harper on CBS sitcom Two And A Half Men. His co-star Jon Cryer is the second highest-paid comic actor, earning $550,000 (£350,000) per episode.

Other top comedy earners include 30 Rock's Tina Fey ($350,000 or £222,000 per episode) and The Office star Steve Carell ($297,000 or £189,000).

Hugh Laurie is reportedly the highest-paid actor in a drama series, earning over $400,000 (£255,000) per episode of Fox medical show House.

Law & Order: SVU stars Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay are tied second with $395,000 (£251,000) each. David Caruso is ranked third, with his role as Horatio Caine on CSI: Miami allegedly earning him $375,000 (£238,500) per episode.
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