Leigh Whannell is an Australian screenwriter, actor, producer, and director. He is most known for his collaboration with his friend, filmmaker James Wan, and has lent his pen to write for movies Wan has directed like Saw, Dead Silence, Insidious, and Insidious: Chapter 2.

Recently, Whannell has turned to direct movies and his directorial credits include movies like Insidious: Chapter 3, Upgrade, and The Invisible Man.

As of June 2020, Leigh Whannell is believed to be worth $55 million. In this article, we look at the source behind his prodigious wealth.

Leigh Whannell: Net Worth & Salary Breakdown

Leigh Whannell’s net worth comes from his career as a screenwriter, actor, producer, and director. Considered a pioneer of modern horror, his collaboration with friend and fellow filmmaker James Wan has resulted in some of the most successful and critically acclaimed movies in recent memory.

Leigh Whannell and friend/frequent collaborator, James Wan
Leigh Whannell and friend/frequent collaborator, James Wan
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Whannell started his on-screen career as a minor character in TV shows like Neighbours and Blue Heelers. He also had a minor role in the 2003 sci-fi action movie, The Matrix Reloaded.

Realizing that there was a life beyond acting, Whannell turned to what he knew best: writing. He had started writing while still a child and together with his friend James Wan, they wrote what would be Saw.

Their vision was first realized in a short-film format in 2003, and when a full-length feature film was released in 2004 with Wan stepping in as the director, a horror phenomenon had begun.

Besides writing the screenplay, Whannell also starred in the movie as Adam Stanheight.

The low-budget movie became a sleeper-hit and spawned a multi-part franchise. Whannell also wrote for the next two sequels, Saw II and Saw III, stepping in as the executive producer.

The Wan-Whannell collaboration saw the making of another horror favorite: 2010’s Insidious. Starring Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne, the movie was once again directed by Wan with Whannell drafting the screenplay as well as having a prominent role.

Whannell made his directorial debut in the third installment in the Insidious franchise, 2015’s Insidious III. He has since directed two more movies: 2018’s Upgrade and 2020’s The Invisible Man — starring Elisabeth Moss.            

Box Office Earnings

The table below shows the box-office earnings of some of the most commercially successful movies that Leigh Whannell has contributed to:

Movie Budget Box-Office Earnings
Saw (2004) $1.2 million $103.9 million
Saw II (2005) $4 million $147.7 million
Saw III (2006) $10 million $164.9 million
Insidious (2010) $1.5 million $99.5 million
Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) $5 million $161.9 million
Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) $11 million $113 million
Insidious: The Last Key (2018) $10 million $167.9 million
The Invisible Man (2020) $7 million $129.4 million

How Old is Leigh Whannell? His Age and Height

Leigh Whannell was born on January 17, 1977, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The 43-year-old stands at 5 feet 6½ inches (1.69 meters).

He attributes his artistic proclivities to his parents, both of whom were in showbiz.

He enrolled at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology’s Media Arts program where he met and befriended James Wan. While in his second year, Whannell was appointed the reporter for the ABC music and youth-oriented TV show, Recovery.

During his tenure as the resident “film guy”, Whannell got to interview such actors as Tim Burton, Peter Jackson, Jackie Chan, Russell Crowe, and George Clooney.      

Is Leigh Whannell Married? Does He Have Children?

Since October 10, 2009, Whannell has been married to actress Corbett Tuck. 

Leigh Whannell and his wife, Corbett Tuck
Leigh Whannell and his wife, Corbett Tuck
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Tuck has appeared in movies like Insidious and Insidious: Chapter 3 — both of which Whannell has written for (and in the case of the latter, directed).

They are the proud parents of a daughter, Sabine Silver, born in March 2013, and twins Jones Grey and Wren River, born on July 22, 2017.