Lee Evans (Image: Ian Nicholson - PA Archive)

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The award-winning comedian and actor has won millions of fans with his own brand of slapstick humour. After years of scraping by as a jobbing comic, his big break came at the Edinburgh Festival in 1993 and was followed by a string of sell-out, record-breaking tours. His 66-date Roadrunner tour is his most ambitious to date and £7 million of tickets were sold the day they went on sale. DVDs and merchandising helped the ex-boxer notch up earnings of £5.5 million last year, according to the Sun.

While stand-up comedy accounts for a large chunk of the 47-year-old's wealth, his acting career has also helped pay the bills with roles in There's Something About Mary, The Fifth Element and MouseHunt. He's also trodden the boards in the West End with starring roles in Samuel Beckett's Endgame, Harold Pinter's The Dumb Waiter and the musical The Producers.

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