Eddie Murphy named the 'most overpaid actor'

Business magazine Forbes publishes its annual list of shame

Eddie Murphy has been named the most overpaid actor in Hollywood by business magazine Forbes.

A number of significant flops, including 'Imagine That', 'A Thousand Words' and 'Meet Dave', have ushered him to the top of the list of stars who make back far less for their studios than they should considering their substantial pay cheques.

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Murphy... in the flop A Thousand Words (Copyright: Rex)

Over his last three films, Murphy made $2.30 (£1.40) at the box office for every $1 (62p) he was paid.

The 'Shrek' and 'Beverly Hills Cop' star beat last year's winner of the dubious title, Drew Barrymore. Barrymore has now dropped out of the top 10 completely.

Will Ferrell, who has topped the list twice in the last four years, is also out of the top 10 this year.

Here is the list in full:

1. Eddie Murphy - made $2.30 at the box office for every $1 paid
2. Katherine Heigl - $3.40
3. Reese Witherspoon - $3.90
4. Sandra Bullock - $5
5. Jack Black - $5.20
6. Nicolas Cage - $6
7. Adam Sandler - $6.30
8. Denzel Washington - $6.30
9. Ben Stiller - $6.50
10. Sarah Jessica Parker - $7