JK ROWLING has climbed the Forbes’ ranking of the world’s richest authors but failed to steal top spot from US author JAMES PATTERSON.
As her Cursed Child stage play takes over London, the legacy of her Harry Potter books, including two Wizarding World theme parks, has seen Rowling leap from seventh to third place, although her estimated earnings of $19m (£14.2m) remain the same as for 2015.
Crime writer Patterson is the highest-earning author in the world for the third year in a row with $95m (£71.2m) pre-tax.
Five years since their last wizarding fix, Harry Potter fans now have two films to look forward to.
Movie bosses have announced that work on a darker sequel to upcoming flick Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is under way — before the new story has even hit screens.
The first instalment in the Harry Potter spin-off, starring EDDIE REDMAYNE, KATHERINE WATERSTON and EZRA MILLER, is out on November 18 and will be JK ROWLING’s screen writing debut.
Based on her 2001 novel of the same name, the story follows Newt Scamander, a “magizoologist” on a mission to catalogue otherworldy creatures in New York, Warner Bros said the second outing for Redmayne’s Scamander will also be penned by the author and is expected to have a “darker edge”, but fans will have to hold on for two years before the sequel reaches cinemas.
London-born actress and star of US series The Good Wife, CUSH JUMBO, believes British television “doesn’t represent the country we live in”.
Jumbo, 30, revealed how she had been told her mixed-race background made her unsuitable for several roles she had auditioned for on British TV.
In an interview with PHIL WILLIAMS on BBC Radio 5 Live she said: “You get feedback from auditions — and they might say something along the lines of, ‘We’re only casting fully black or fully white people for this particular project, and because you’re mixed (race) that doesn’t work’.
She added: “It’s not that I think those people are racist or don’t like me, it’s that we have an idea in our heads here of... you know, representation on TV — and it doesn’t represent the country we live in... and it should.
“I would like it to more. I would jump at the chance for there to be more parts for me here.”
EMILIA FOX, SHEILA HANCOCK and IAIN GLEN will be sinking their teeth into the script for DAWN FRENCH’s new drama Delicious.
French and Fox last starred opposite each other in JAMES CORDEN’s comedy, The Wrong Mans, but their reunion will be less pleasant as they play warring women both betrayed by the same man in the Sky 1 show.
Passionate cook Gina (French) was once married to successful chef and hotelier Leo Vincent (Glen), and is annoyed his business has gone from strength to strength since he left her for the glamorous Sam (Fox).
When Sam confides in Gina that she thinks Leo might be having another affair, she discovers his ex-wife herself is the “other woman”, leaving the two women to either build bridges or tear each other apart.
Fox said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be part of Delicious. It’s heaven to be working with Dawn French and Iain Glen again.”
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