Which leading lady brings in the most money for her role on a television series? Here’s a hint, she’s held the top spot for the last 3 years and she doesn’t even bring in the most per episode. This list is evidence that endorsement deals and side projects rake in the big bucks. Take a look at our list to find out which TV star is the highest paid actress of 2014. We even have a few three-way ties!
10. Lena Dunham
The Golden Globe award winning Girls star comes in as the 10th highest paid actress on our list. Lena is not only the star of the HBO hit show, she’s the creator and director too. Dunham is the first woman to win a Directors Guild Award for Outstanding Director in a Comedy Series. Last year Lena brought home $3.5 million.
9. Claire Danes
After starring in the 1996 film, Romeo and Juliet, it seemed like Claire Danes had taken a break from Hollywood. She had a few movie and television appearances over the last ten years, but nothing significant beyond her award winning role in Temple Grandin. Claire made a comeback in 2011 with the Showtime series, Homeland. Claire received three Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, and two Screen Actors Guild Award’s for her portrayal of of Carrie Mathison in the psychological thriller. Last year, Danes made $5 million.
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