Ashton Kutcher is TV's richest male actor

Ashton Kutcher

Ashton Kutcher has been named TV's richest male actor of the year for the third time in a Forbes list of highest earners.

The Two And A Half Men star has come out on top for the third year in a row with earnings of 26 million US dollars (£15.6 million) which includes the money he gets from endorsement deals.

But E! has pointed out that it could be Ashton's last year of topping the list, as the final season of the sitcom is coming up.

Ashton's co-star Jon Cryer came a joint second on the list with NCIS star Mark Harmon, but they were still some way off reaching first place, having earned 19 million US dollars each (£11.4 million).

Third was How I Met Your Mother's Neil Patrick Harris, who earned 18 million US dollars (£10.8 million), and just behind him were House Of Cards star Kevin Spacey and Grey's Anatomy regular Patrick Dempsey, who tied on 16 million US dollars (£9.6 million) each.

Other top earners included Tim Allen, whose earnings of 15 million US dollars (£9 million) included his work on Last Man Standing, The Mentalist's Simon Baker at 13 million US dollars (£7.8 million) and The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons at 12 million US dollars (£7.2 million) and Johnny Galecki at 11 million US dollars (£6.6 million), although their earnings are set to rise to one million US dollars (£603,000) per episode following a new deal.

How I Met Your Mother also saw two more of its stars included in the list, Jason Segel at 11 million US dollars (£6.6 million) and Josh Radnor at 10 million US dollars (£6 million).

Jon Hamm also raked in 10 million US dollars thanks to his role in Mad Men, as did Charlie Sheen for Anger Management and syndication of his former starring role in Two And A Half Men, while Bryan Cranston debuted on the list at eight million US dollars (£4.8 million) after the final season of Breaking Bad.

All of the actors' earnings also included any film roles or endorsement deals they had been paid for over the year.