You’ll Be Stupefied to Learn How Much Money Harry Potter Background Actress Made on the Movies

Samantha Clinch, who worked as an extra in the Harry Potter films before getting a speaking role, shared how much she made in her time as a background actress.

By Alexandra Bellusci Oct 04, 2023 10:35 PMTags
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Slytherin to the chamber of secrets for this paycheck confession.

English actress Samantha Clinch recently shared how much she got paid for her background work in the Harry Potter films, before she made the jump to her speaking role as Eloise Midgen in The Prisoner of Azkaban and The Goblet of Fire.

"For context, in The Goblet of FireDaniel Radcliffe got paid $11 million," she said in an Oct. 1 TikTok video. "Now, for context, we would do 12 hour days. Big 12 hour days."

As for what those days looked like? "We would be called for breakfast to be in the holding area outside set for 5:30 a.m. in the morning," she shared. "Then be leaving at rush hour and be on the bus in like heavy, heavy traffic." 

She then dropped the bombshell, saying she was paid £35 a day, which translates to roughly $43, as a background actor. "That's £2.5 an hour," she said. "That's chaos." 

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And after she scored the role of Eloise in the third movie, Samantha recalled the pay increase that may not have been the sorcery she was expecting.  

"It was a big jump. A big jump in cash," she joked. "When I became Midgen, honestly, little did I know that day when I was going to set, how the day would change for me and my bank account."

She revealed she earned £70 a day, noting, "They just doubled it." 

@samanthaclinch Replying to @Bear The money video ?? How much I earnt as an extra, how much I earned as #eloisemidgen how much #danielradcliffe was paid, how we got the most for our money ?? AND what I spent it on ?? #nostalgia #harrypotterbts #harrypotterextra #harrynpotter #harrypottertok #harrypotterandthegobletofire #gof #harrypottertok #childstar #fyp ? original sound - Samantha Clinch

All jokes aside, Samantha—pointing to a scene of the kids of Harry Potter eating in the great hall—noted, "In the grand scheme of things, getting paid 2.91 an hour isn't that bad when there's this constant stream of food."

She added, "It's pretty all inclusive. Seriously the amount of square bars and ice buns we'd go through—£15 a day minimum."

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But what Samantha spent her earnings on as a teen will have some followers saying accio perfume.

"OK, it's the weekend, I'm going to Fenwick's with my paycheck, what do I buy? Of course. Incredible," she gushed as a Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Eau de Parfum bottle appeared on the screen behind her. "Nostalgia in a bottle. Takes me back."

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