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Eric Idle Net Worth, Biography & Lifestyle: Eric Idle is an English actor, comedian, musician, composer, voice actor, and writer. He is worldwide famous for being a former member of the British surreal comedy troupe Monty Python and the creator of the parody rock band The Rutles. He is also the writer and lyricist for the hit Broadway musical “Spamalot.” Eric Idle has a net worth of $60 million.

In today’s article, we will take a look at Eric Idle net worth, as well as:

  • Eric Idle’s early life and career;
  • How he became a member of Monty Python;
  • His other works;
  • His personal life and relationships;
  • And many more…

Let’s get started…

Who Is Eric Idle?

Eric Idle Net Worth Quick Overview

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Full Birth Name: Eric Idle
Tom Joyner Net Worth: $60 million
Source of Wealth: Acting, music, and writing career
Date of Birth: March 39, 1943
Spouse/ Relationship:Lyn Ashley (m. 1969; div. 1975) ,Tania Kosevich (m. 1981
Place of Birth/Nationality: South Shields, County Durham, England, United Kingdom
Children: Lily Idle ,Carey Idle

Aside from his work with Monty Python, Eric Idle is also admired for his multiple talents. A  successful singer, songwriter, and musician, he wrote the lyrics of and sang many of Monty Python’s well-known songs such as “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” from “Life of Brian,” “Galaxy Song” from “The Meaning of Life,” and “The Philosopher’s Song.” He is a talented guitarist too. He also closed the 2012 Summer Olympics held at the London Olympic Stadium.

As a writer, he wrote several novels, as well as non-fiction books, such as “Hello Sailor,” “The Road to Mars,” and “The Quite Remarkable Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat,” as well as the script for the comedy musical “Spamalot.”

Of course, his talents and body of work don’t end here. Read further to know more about the comedic genius.

Young Eric Idle

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On March 29, 1943, Eric Idle was born to Ernest Idle, a Royal Air Force officer during the second world war, and Norah Barron Sanderson, a health visitor.


In a tragic turn of events, the young Eric lost his father to a road accident on the way home for Christmas. His mother became too depressed to take care of Eric, so he was sent to live with his grandmother. 

As a child, he went to George’s Primary School, then later to Royal Wolverhampton School as a boarder. Sadly, he didn’t have a good experience in that school, later calling it a “physically abusive, bullying, and harsh environment.” He coped with it through various escapisms, including sneaking out of school to watch movies.

Next, he attended Pembroke College, Cambridge University, to study English. There, he was invited to, and later became the president of, Cambridge University Footlights Club. His future Monty Python castmates John Cleese and Graham Chapman were also members of the Cambridge University Footlights Club.


Eric Idle began his TV career by starring in the children’s television comedy series “Do Not Adjust Your Set” co-starring Michael Palin and Terry Jones, who would later become his fellow Pythons.

In 1969, Monty Python’s first show, “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” was created, and the legendary comedy troupe was born. The big success of the show eventually led to Monty Python movies, such as “And Now For Something Completely Different” (1971), “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” (1975), “Monty Python’s Life of Brian,” and “Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life”; as well as stage shows, albums, books, and more.

Unofficially called the “singing Python,” Eric Idle was the one who wrote and performed many of Monty Python’s iconic songs and musical numbers, like the “Galaxy Song,” “Eric the Half-a-Bee,” “The Philosopher’s Song,” and the Python signature tune “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.”

Monty Python would later become considered as one of the most enduring 1970s pop culture icons, with their comedic influence even compared to The Beatles’ influence on music.

One of Eric Idle’s most notable projects is the BBC2 sketch show “Rutland Weekend Television (RWT),” and with it, the creation of The Rutles, a Beatles parody band. The immense popularity of The Rutles, particularly in the US, led to Idle appearing onSaturday Night Live.” He became further known to American audiences when NBC aired “All You Need Is Cash,” a Rutles mockumentary.

He also appeared in films such as “Adventures of Baron Munchausen” (1989), “Nuns on the Run” (1990), “Casper” (1995), and “The Wind in the Willows” (1996).

As a voice actor, Eric Idle lent his voice to various films, including The Transformers: The Movie(1986) as Wreck-Gar, “Quest for Camelot” (1998) as Don Rickles, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie” (1998) as Slyly the Arctic Fox, “South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut” (1999) as Dr. Vosknocker, “Shrek the Third” (2004) as Merlin, and most notably, “The Simpsons” as Declan Desmond.

In 2004, Eric Idle created the Broadway comedy musical “Spamalot” adapted from the film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” The hit musical was nominated for various awards, winning the Tony Award for Best Musical and earning Eric Idle a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics. The huge success of “Spamalot” resulted in Idle regaining his global fame.

The celebrated comedian performed at the London Olympic Stadium in 2012 for the Summer Olympics closing ceremony, where he sang Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.”

Personal Life

Eric Idle Wife

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The comedian’s first wife, Lyn Ashley, is an Australian actress, whom he married in 1969. They had a son together, Carey Idle, born in 1973. The couple divorced in 1975. 

His second marriage was to wife Tania Kosevich, a former model, in 1981. The couple has a daughter born in 1990, named Lily Idle.

Eric Idle was ranked number 21 in a 2005 “Top 50 Greatest Comedy Acts Ever” poll by industry insiders and other comedians. The asteroid 9620 Ericidle was named in his honor.

How Old Is Eric Idle

Eric Idle is 78 years old, born in South Shields, County Durham, England, United Kingdom.

Eric Idle Height & Weight

Eric Idle is 6 ft 1 inches or 1.85 meters (185 cm) tall and weighs 75 kg or 165 lbs.

Eric Idle Body Measurements

Eric Idle has a chest measurement of 43 inches. 

Other Quick Facts:

  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Hair Color: Light brown
  • Zodiac Sign: Aries
  • Smoking/ Drinking: No
  • Tattoos: None
  • Her Favorite Movie: Magnificent Seven
  • IMDb Profile Link 

How Much Is Eric Idle Worth?

Actor, comedian, and musician Eric Idle has an estimated net worth of $60 million.

Eric Idle Net Worth Year By Year

YearEarnings $
2016 $57 million
2017$58 million
2018$58.7 million
2019$59.2 million
2020$59.8 million
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Eric Idle Shows

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Monty Python’s Flying Circus

A surreal sketch comedy TV series that is known as the first Monty Python TV show and ran from 1969 to 1974.

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Monty Python’s Life of Brian

A Monty Python comedy film that tells the story of Brian Cohen (Graham Chapman), a young Jewish-Roman man and reluctant would-be messiah.

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Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl

Directed by Terry Jones, Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl is a concert comedy film where the comedy troupe performed both classic sketches and new materials at the Hollywood Bowl.

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Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life

A musical sketch comedy film and the last feature film to star all six Monty Python members.

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All You Need is Cash

A mockumentary television film about the career of the fictional band The Rutles, parodying The Beatles movies.

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