|Net Worth||$5 Million|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.75 m)|
|Profession||Writer, Comedian, Actor, Television producer|
|Date of Birth||Nov 10, 1974 (47 years old)|
How Much Is Chris Lilley Worth?
Chris Lilley has a net worth of $5 million as an Australian comedian, television producer, actor, musician, and writer. Lilley is best known for creating and portraying characters in mockumentary television programs such as “We Can Be Heroes: Finding The Australian of the Year” (2005), “Summer Heights High” (2007), “Jonah from Tonga” (2014), “Ja’mie: Private School Girl” (2013), and “Angry Boys” (2011), all of which aired on ABC or ABC1 in Australia.
Chris has acted as a writer, director, and producer on “Angry Boys,” “Ja’mie: Private School Girl,” “Jonah from Tonga,” and the 2019 Netflix series “Lunatics,” and he has also written for “Big Bite” (2003–2004) and “Hamish & Andy” (2004). Lilley has appeared in “Ned” (2003), “The Monday Dump” (2001), and “Young Lions” (2002); he has also presented the podcasts “Jana’s Yard” (2020) and “Ja’miezing” (2021) as Jana Melhoopen-Jonks (from “Lunatics”) and Ja’mie King (from “Ja’mie: Private School Girl”), respectively.
Christopher Daniel Lilley was born in Turramurra, New South Wales, Australia on November 10, 1974. Chris attended Pymble Public School while growing up with three elder siblings and attending Pymble Public School. After completing high school, he enrolled at Barker College and subsequently majored in Contemporary Music at Macquarie University, graduating in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma in Education. Lilley began his stand-up comedy career while working at Turramurra North Public School as a childcare provider in his twenties.
Chris portrayed characters such as Mr. G, a high school theatre teacher, and Extreme Darren, an extreme sports fanatic, on the Seven Network comedy show “Big Bite” from 2003 to 2004. He also wrote for the show. In 2004, he wrote and featured in six episodes of the Seven Network’s “Hamish & Andy,” and in 2005, he produced and co-authored the series “We Can Be Heroes: Finding the Australian of the Year.” Lilley portrayed all of the nominees for Australian of the Year, including police officer Phil Olivetti, housewife Pat Mullins, and narcissistic private school student Ja’mie King (who would subsequently feature in “Ja’mie: Private School Girl” and “Summer Heights High”). Chris produced the sitcom “Summer Heights High” in 2007, in which he portrays Mr. G, Ja’mie King, and the Tongan youngster Jonah Takalua (who he portrayed in brownface). The next year, as Mr. G, he released the single “Naughty Girl.”
In 2011, Lilley played American rapper S.mouse!, Japanese mother Jen Okazaki, surfer Blake Oakfield, juvenile detention center officer Ruth “Gran” Sims, and Ruth’s twin grandchildren Daniel and Nathan Sims in “Angry Boys” (who he previously portrayed in “We Can Be Heroes”). “Ja’mie: Private School Girl,” a co-production between ABC and HBO, debuted in 2013, while “Jonah From Tonga” aired in 2014 on HBO, ABC1, and BBC3. Chris produced the Netflix series “Lunatics” in 2019 and portrayed six characters, including ambitious fashion designer Keith Dick, lesbian pet psychic Jana Melhoopen-Jonks, and former adult film actress Joyce Jeffries. Lilley collaborated with Paris Hilton and The Jonas Brothers on Jana Melhoopen-Jonks and Keith Dick sequences.
From 2014 until 2016, Chris was in a relationship with DJ Milly Gattegno.
As a kid, he became a vegetarian, and he was included in a PETA Australia Starter Kit promoting vegetarianism and veganism with the quote.
“Even at the age of 5, I realized that eating animals was wrong. Therefore, I became a vegetarian; it’s the only politically right thing I’ve ever done!”
In 2017, Lilley was criticized for posting a remix of the “Squashed N****” music video on his Instagram account. Chris released a video of himself in blackface as the “Angry Boys” character S.mouse! only days after a man was acquitted of manslaughter in the killing of an Indigenous kid called Elijah Doughty (who was run over by the man in question). Thousands expressed their disapproval of the video on social media, prompting Lilley to delete all of his social media accounts.
Many have described the program “Jonah from Tonga” as racist, and the Tongan student on whom the character was based stated that he felt “totally ashamed, full of hatred, enraged, and exploited” by the character. Civil rights organizations including the NAACP, The Asian Pacific American Media Coalition, and the National Hispanic Media Coalition expressed “grave concern” to HBO over the program. After the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020, “Jonah from Tonga” was banned from the BBC iPlayer streaming service, and “Angry Boys,” “Summer Heights High,” and “We Can Be Heroes” were taken from Netflix.
Honors and Candidatures
The Rose d’Or Light Entertainment Festival awarded Lilley the Golden Rose in 2006 for Best Male Comedy Performance for “We Can Be Heroes.” He has been nominated for seven Logie Awards, receiving the Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding New Talent for “We Can Be Heroes” in 2006 and for “Summer Heights High” and “Ja’mie: Private School Girl” in 2008 and 2014, respectively. Chris won the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Award for Best Performance in a Television Comedy and the Australian Directors Guild Award for Best Direction in a Television Comedy Series in 2012 for “Angry Boys.” Lilley garnered nominated for Best Lead Actor in Television, Best Screenplay in Television, and Best Comedy Series for “We Can Be Heroes” in 2005. Chris has also been nominated twice for Best Comedy Program at the Banff Television Festival, for “We Can Be Heroes” in 2006 and “Summer Heights High” in 2008.