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Stephen Merchant was confirmed to be the richest comedian in the UK as of September 2023, surpassing other popular stars such as Peter Kay and Ricky Gervais.
The actor initially rose to fame after co-writing the British version of The Office with his friend Ricky, which premiered in July 2001, and later Extras, which premiered four years later.
Stephen, 49, has a reported net worth of £26.6 million and has also enjoyed great financial success on TV shows such as The Outlaws and Life’s Too Short.
But how has Stephen Merchant become so successful and what do we know about his private life?
Read on to learn everything you need to know about his fame, fortune, and relationship with actress Mircea Monroe.
Stephen Merchant is the richest comedian in the UK, surpassing the likes of Peter Kay and Ricky Gervais (pictured with girlfriend Mircea Monroe at the BAFTA Gala in February).
The actor initially rose to fame after co-writing the British version of The Office with Gervais and four years later, they co-wrote Pictured Extras: Merchant as Stuart Pritchard in the comedy Hello Ladies.
How much is Stephen Merchant worth?
Stephen’s income comes primarily from his numerous television production businesses, and his main company, SJJM LTD, is worth over £25 million in assets, growing by £3 million between 2021 and 2022.
However, he previously revealed that he did not always live a life of luxury.
speaking to The Telegraph In 2010, he said: ‘I remember I once went to a party at someone’s house and they had a pool. I thought, “These people must be Richard Branson!”
Despite possessing a large fortune, the comedian refuted the idea that he could spend more lavishly as a result.
He added: “There’s this strange idea that you get a little money or success and suddenly your life is spent endlessly in a sedan chair throwing caviar.” It is not.’.
While some prefer fame to fortune, Stephen recently admitted that he would like to turn back time and be unknown again.
He said: ‘The unique thing about The Office was that no one knew who we were, so there were no expectations.
‘You’re not thinking about the newspapers or the audience. You’re just thinking, “This is fun, let’s do it.” It’s hard to go back to that moment.”
How long have Stephen Merchant and Mircea Monroe been in a relationship?
Stephen and Mircea, who have been together since 2018, met at an awards ceremony in 2017.
Stephen and his love Mircea, who have been together since 2018, met at an awards ceremony in 2017 (pictured together in 2019).
Their romance came after Stephen previously revealed he was having trouble finding a girlfriend due to his height – he’s 6ft 7in (pictured together in 2018).
Their romance came after Stephen previously revealed he was having trouble finding a girlfriend due to his 6ft 7in height.
He once told Alan Carr: “If they’re down there and I’m up here, it’s a bit complicated.”
But in 2019, Stephen admitted it was great not having to worry about “filling” that void in his life after meeting the St. Louis native.
He said: ‘Aside from the fact that she’s great… there’s something very nice about not having the endless worry of filling that part of your life.
“That’s a very lonely life, the life of one person.”
The couple live together in a £2.4million mansion once owned by former American talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.