Her pulling power with audiences has been steadily on the rise.
Now Nicole Kidman has the earning power to match.
The Oscar-nominated actress is to receive £10million to appear with Brad Pitt in a spy drama, a considerable jump from her usual £6million fee in Hollywood.
Although almost a 50 per cent pay rise, the Australian actress is still not in the league of Julia Roberts, who stands alone in the almost £13million-a-movie pay bracket. But that could all change on Oscars night.
If Miss Kidman collects the best actress Oscar for The Hours at the Academy Awards, her asking price for major studio movies could go through the roof.
Her latest pay rise has already catapulted her way ahead of Hollywood names such as Oscar winner Halle Berry and Renee Zellweger.
Miss Kidman, 35, and Pitt, 39, will star in Mr and Mrs Smith, the story of a bored married couple who discover they are assassins hired to kill each other.
The movie will go into production at the end of this year after both complete other projects.
For Miss Kidman, Mr and Mrs Smith is what's referred to in Los Angeles as a 'payday' or 'mortgage movie'.
'She just does movies because she loves the scripts and the directors she gets to work with. Often there's little money in it for her,' said a film executive who has worked with her.
'She did The Hours for very little because it was this little British film compared to what she could command for a big studio picture.
'Sometimes you need a big movie to be able to put something by for a rainy day.'
However Miss Kidman's interest in critical rather than earning capacity makes financial sense as well.
It is the success of The Hours, in which she plays Virginia Woolf, that has propelled her further up the A-list ladder and increased her desirability as a leading lady.
She won a Bafta award in London for The Hours on Sunday and is favourite to win the best actress Oscar in Los Angeles next month.
She has been amazed at the success of The Hours, particularly in the U.S., where it has made more than $30 million (£19million) while showing in fewer cinemas than blockbusters Chicago and Daredevil.
'I'm astounded, I must say, at how well the film has done,' she said.
'I thought of The Hours as this very small art film that would probably get lost amongst everything. But it didn't get lost which is brilliant.
'But when I get sent a script I don't go "Well, is this a small film or a big film?" To me it's "Is the script good and is the director someone I'm dying to work with?" I'm not immune to the big Hollywood films as long as they're well written.'
The combination of Kidman and Pitt should be a powerful box-office draw.
Director Doug Liman, who made the Bourne Identity with Matt Damon, is looking for big action scenes combined with a smart script.
In the two years since Miss Kidman's marriage to Tom Cruise ended she hasn't stopped working.
'There was a time when part of me didn't really want to take on too many projects because I had other priorities like my marriage and my family,' she said.
'I didn't always feel I could experiment as much as I can now. I feel more confident. Also I find with two children that are older, that sort of allows me a bit more time to devote to making films.
'The children go "get out of our hair Mum", so they don't need you every five minutes and they spend time with their father.
'In any case I'm a pragmatist and I won't always be offered these opportunities. Work while you can, I say.'
Miss Kidman's upcoming movies include The Human Stain with Anthony Hopkins, which will be released at the end of this year.
She has also completed Dogville, which she describes as an 'experimental' film with Lars von Trier, and Cold Mountain opposite Jude Law.
At the moment she is in New York making Birth with British director Jonathan Glazer, before tackling The Stepford Wives.
Then she'll play Leonardo Di Caprio's mother in Baz Luhrmann's Alexander the Great before starting work on Mrs and Mrs Smith, her most profitable role yet.
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