Laurie loads of dough

British actor Hugh Laurie has become the highest paid actor in US television drama, earning around €400,000 per episode as the grumpy but brilliant doctor in the series House.

Laurie is followed by Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay from Law & Order who are paid $395,000 and David Caruso, whose role on CSI Miami earns him $375,000 an episode.

Still some catching up to do, though, to equal the top earners in Hollywood with the likes of Charlie Sheen being paid $1.25 million for each episode of the comedy series Two and a Half Men.

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