Richard Arnold begs Amanda Holden for invite to Christmas dinner as her £5m a year wages are revealed

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RICHARD Arnold begged Amanda Holden for an invite to Christmas dinner after her £5m a year wages were revealed by The Sun.

Amanda, 48, has become the UK’s top-earning female TV star — overtaking daytime rival Holly Willoughby.

Richard Arnold flicked through the morning papers and could not believe his eyes when he saw The Suns piece on Amanda Holdens wages

Richard went through the papers on Good Morning Britain today and came along The Sun’s exclusive story, telling hosts Kate Garraway and Adil Ray: “Amanda Holden, apparently bagging £5 million a year.

“So, I’m going to text her and see if I can come round for Christmas dinner. You guys carry on and chat, I think I’ll tap Amanda up.”

The Britain’s Got Talent judge has become the UK’s top-earning female TV star — overtaking daytime rival Holly Willoughby.

Amanda is pocketing the incredible sum after landing a string of six-figure deals on top of her telly work.

Amanda Holden has raked in a fortune thanks to a string of high-earning deals
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The mum of two is believed to be earning around £1million as a judge on two series of BGT — the latest, which sees former contestants compete in a Champions series, starts on August 31.

She is also thought to net around £1.5million as the co-presenter of the Heart radio breakfast show.

A further £1million comes from a record deal with Virgin EMI after a bidding war over her musical future.

Amanda is thought to cash in around £1.5million as a co-host on Heart radios breakfast show
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Amanda is estimated to cash in around £1.5million as a co-host on Heart radio’s breakfast show[/caption]

The TV star, pictured with Britains Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon, is believed to be earning £1million for the two series of the reality show this year
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The TV star, pictured with Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon, is believed to be earning £1million for the two series of the show this year[/caption]

The Sun revealed in February that Amanda was the subject of a battle between Warner, Sony and Universal after a singalong she filmed went viral.

She is also paid £500,000 for her work with High Street giant Marks and Spencer and the same amount again for her QVC interiors range.

And her latest venture is a clothing range with Fenn Wright Manson, which is out this week. She is earning another half a million for the project.

Amanda landed a £1million record deal after a video of her singing went viral
Amanda landed a £1million record deal after a video of her singing went viral

The mum-of-twos clothing range with Fenn Wright Manson is out this week
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The mum-of-two’s clothing range with Fenn Wright Manson, earning her another £500,000, is out this week[/caption]

Amanda has also filmed a guest appearance in ITV’s comedy Plebs, to be screened in the autumn.

A source said: “Amanda’s earning potential has gone through the roof the last few years. She’s raking it in from various angles and is sitting very pretty right now.”

Richard’s pal Amanda and her record producer husband Chris Hughes own two properties – a sprawling family home in Surrey and a country retreat in the Cotswolds.

The family has just got back from a luxury holiday in Puglia, Italy, and is now having a break in Cornwall.

The source added: “She loves the glitz and glamour but also is very down to earth. She’s as happy rubbing shoulders with superstars as she is in Cornwall with the family.

Amanda has raked in half a million for her work with Marks and Spencer
Amanda is thought to have raked in half a million for her work with Marks and Spencer
The TV judge was paid a further £500,000 for her QVC interiors range
The TV judge is understood to have been paid a further £500,000 for her QVC interiors range


“She has been told she’s overtaken other female TV stars including Holly Willoughby and the likes of Claudia Winkleman. She couldn’t believe it.

“She is determined not to let her growing bank balance go to her head.”

Amanda and Chris have two properties — a sprawling family home in Surrey and a country retreat in the Cotswolds.

How Amanda made her fortune

  • Britain’s Got Talent: Amanda has judged on the hit reality show since its start in 2007. With two series of the show this year thanks to a special spin-off called Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions, the TV judge is expected to earn around £1million for the show.
  • Heart radio: Amanda has co-hosted the Heart radio breakfast show along with Jamie Theakston since June. She is expected to net around £1.5 million for the role, making her a higher earner than Radio 2’s Zoe Ball.
  • Record deal: The star signed a £1million record deal with Virgin EMI last month after a singalong she filmed went viral. The video of her singing Tightrope from hit film The Greatest Showman clocked up almost 1.5million views on social media.
  • Fenn Wright Mason: Amanda’s range with the brand is out this week, and has earned her a further £500,000. The pieces from her collection are named after her closest friends. 
  • Marks and Spencer: Her work with the highstreet giant has raked in another £500,000 for Amanda. The work includes voiceovers for their self-service tills along with fellow BGT stars Ant and Dec and Alesha Dixon.
  • QVC: Amanda signed a deal with TV shopping network QVC for her own homeware range, earning her another £500,000.

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