Last Updated: February 22, 2024
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Net Worth:
$5 Million
Nov 10, 1974 (49 years old)
5 ft 8 in (1.75 m)
Writer, Comedian, Actor, Television producer
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Chris Lilley in an Australian comedian, television producer, actor, musician, and writer who a net worth of $5 million. Lilley is best known for creating and portraying characters in mockumentary TV shows 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), which all aired on ABC or ABC1 in Australia.

Chris has served 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 the sketch comedy series "Big Bite" (2003–2004) and the variety show "Hamish & Andy" (2004).  Lilley has appeared in the film "Ned" (2003), the TV series "The Monday Dump" (2001), and the miniseries "Young Lions" (2002), and he has hosted the podcasts "Jana's Yard" (2020) and "Ja'miezing" (2021) in character as Jana Melhoopen-Jonks (from "Lunatics") and Ja'mie King (from "Ja'mie: Private School Girl"), respectively. Chris has been compared to character improvisationalists like Groucho Marx, Charlie Chaplin, Larry David, Ricky Gervais and Sacha Baron Cohen.

Early Life

Chris Lilley was born Christopher Daniel Lilley on November 10, 1974, in Turramurra, New South Wales, Australia. Chris grew up with three older siblings, and he attended Pymble Public School. After graduation, he enrolled at Barker College, then he majored in Contemporary Music at Macquarie University, earning a Bachelor of Arts with a Diploma of Education in 1997. In his twenties, Lilley worked at Turramurra North Public School as a childcare worker while he was starting his stand-up comedy career.


From 2003 to 2004, Chris appeared on and wrote for the Seven Network comedy show "Big Bite," portraying characters like Mr G, a high school drama teacher, and Extreme Darren, an enthusiast of extreme sports. He then wrote and appeared in six episodes of the Seven Network's "Hamish & Andy" in 2004, and he created the 2005 series "We Can Be Heroes: Finding The Australian of the Year," which he co-wrote with Ryan Shelton. Lilley played all of the Australian of the Year nominees, including police officer Phil Olivetti, housewife Pat Mullins, and narcissistic private school student Ja'mie King (who would later appear in "Ja'mie: Private School Girl" and "Summer Heights High"). In 2007, Chris created the series "Summer Heights High," on which he played Mr G, Ja'mie King, and Tongan teenager Jonah Takalua (who he portrayed in brownface). The following year, he released the single "Naughty Girl," which he performed as Mr G.

Lilley followed "Summer Heights High" with "Angry Boys" in 2011, playing American rapper S.mouse!, Japanese mother Jen Okazaki, surfer Blake Oakfield, juvenile detention center guard Ruth "Gran" Sims, and Ruth's twin grandsons Daniel and Nathan Sims (who he previously portrayed in "We Can Be Heroes"). "Ja'mie: Private School Girl," a co-production between Australia's ABC and the U.S.'s HBO, premiered in 2013, and "Jonah From Tonga" aired on HBO, Australia's ABC1, and the U.K.'s BBC Three in 2014. In 2019, Chris created the series "Lunatics" for Netflix, and he played six characters on the show, including aspiring fashion designer Keith Dick, lesbian pet psychic Jana Melhoopen-Jonks, and former adult film star Joyce Jeffries. Lilley teamed up with Paris Hilton and The Jonas Brothers for scenes featuring Jana Melhoopen-Jonks and Keith Dick.

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Personal Life

Chris was in a relationship with DJ Milly Gattegno from 2014 to 2016.

He became a vegetarian as a child, and he was featured in a PETA Australia Starter Kit about vegetarianism and veganism alongside the quote:

"Even at the young age of 5, I knew that it was wrong to eat animals. So I went vegetarian – it's about the only politically correct thing I've ever done!"

In 2017, Lilley earned criticism after he posted a remix of the music clip "Squashed N****" on his Instagram account. The video features Chris in blackface as the "Angry Boys" character S.mouse!, and he posted it a few days after a man was acquitted of manslaughter in the death of an Indigenous teenager named Elijah Doughty (who was run over by the man in question). Thousands voiced their disgust for the video on social media, and Lilley later ended up deleting all his social media accounts.

The show "Jonah from Tonga" has been labeled racist by many, and the Tongan schoolboy Jonah was based on has said that he felt "absolutely embarrassed, full of hate, angry and exploited" by the character. Civil rights organizations such as the NAACP, The Asian Pacific American Media Coalition, and the National Hispanic Media Coalition, wrote to HBO about their "deep concern" over the show. After the Black Lives Matter protests in 2020, "Jonah from Tonga" was removed from the BBC iPlayer streaming service, and Netflix removed "Jonah from Tonga," "Angry Boys," "Summer Heights High," and "We Can Be Heroes."

Awards and Nominations

In 2006, Lilley won a Golden Rose for Best Male Comedy Performance for "We Can Be Heroes" at the Rose d'Or Light Entertainment Festival. He has received seven Logie Award nominations, winning the Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding New Talent for "We Can Be Heroes" in 2006 and Most Popular Actor for "Summer Heights High" in 2008 and "Ja'mie: Private School Girl" in 2014. In 2012, "Angry Boys" earned Chris an Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Award for Best Performance in a Television Comedy and an Australian Directors Guild Award for Best Direction in a TV Comedy Series. In 2008, Lilley won Australian Film Institute Awards for Best Television Comedy Series and Best Performance in a Television Comedy for "Summer Heights High," and he received Best Lead Actor in Television, Best Screenplay in Television, and Best Comedy Series nominations for "We Can Be Heroes" in 2005. Chris has also earned two nominations from the Banff Television Festival, Best Comedy Program for "We Can Be Heroes" in 2006 and Best Comedy Program for "Summer Heights High" in 2008.

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