The list, compiled by the UK Film Council, reveals the country's most successful actors in terms of box office earnings over the course of the past five years. It also lists the most successful directors of the same period.

To qualify for the list, actors must have had significant roles in films with a box office haul of at least 500 million, while directors need to have taken at least a tenth of that with their own projects

TOP 10 MONEY-MAKERS:

Orlando Bloom - Lord of the Rings trilogy, three Pirates of the Caribbean films, Troy, Kingdom of Heaven: 2.64 billion

Ian McKellen - Lord of the Rings trilogy, X Men trilogy, Da Vinci Code: 2.33 billion

Christopher Lee - two Lord of the Rings films, two Star Wars films, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: 1.86 billion

Daniel Radcliffe/Emma Watson/Rupert Grint - four Harry Potter films: 1.75 billion

Bernard Hill - two Lord of the Rings films, The Scorpion King, Gothika: 1.16 billion

Ewan McGregor - two Star Wars films, Robots, Moulin Rouge, The Island, Black Hawk Down: 1.12 billion

Keira Knightley - two Pirates of the Caribbean films, Love Actually, King Arthur: 1.07 billion

Sean Bean - Lord of the Rings, Troy, National Treasure and Flight Plan: 956 million

Brian Cox - Troy, X Men, two of the Bourne trilogy, The Ring: 813 million

Ralph Fiennes - one Harry Potter film, Red Dragon, Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Maid in Manhattan: 713 million
Source of this article : The Telegraph