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What is Eddie the Eagle’s net worth? Who was Eddie the Eagle married to?


Eddie the Eagle (real name – Michael Edwards) is an English ski-jumper and Olympian who represented Great Britain at the 1987 World Championships.

Michael was ranked 55th in the world.


Edwards was born on December 5, 1963, in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, UK.

He has a sister, Liz, who is two years younger, as well as a brother. Eddie said in an interview:

”When I was a child, my brother was always picking on me.”

Michael went on to say:

”Generally, he was the one who would start the fights, but I gave as good as I got.”

Eddie learned to ski when he was 13.

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1988: Ski Jumper Eddie Edwards of Great Britain relaxes with his cat during a feature at his home in Cheltenham – @Getty

In 1987, Edwards represented Great Britain at the World Championships.

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1988 Winter Olympics

He was ranked 55th in the world but was qualified for the 1988 Winter Olympics ski-jumping competition.

The 1988 Winter Olympics was held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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Eddie became the first British ski jumper to compete in the Olympics since 1929. He later said:

”After Calgary, I was getting three or four marriage proposals every day from all over the world.”

He often ate food scavenged from campsite bins since Michael had neither a sponsor nor a coach.

During the 1988 Winter Olympics, he finished last in both the 70-meter and 90-meter events. Edwards confessed in an interview:

”If you are the best in the world you can go to the world championships.”

Eddie added:

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Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards arrives at London Airport after failing spectacularly in the Winter Olympics ski-jumping competition, 2nd March 1988 – @Getty

”If you are the best in your country you should fly the flag for it at the Olympics.”

Following the 1988 Winter Games, the International Olympic Committee instituted a rule known as the “Eddie the Eagle Rule.”

According to CBC, the rule requires Olympic hopefuls to finish in the top half of an international competition.

In 1991, his song, “Mun nimeni on Eetu” (“Eetu’s my name”), reached #2 in the Finnish Single Charts (1991).

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1988 Winter Olympics: Great Britain Eddie The Eagle Edwards in action at Canada Olympic Park. Calgary, Canada – @Getty

Eddie said about the song: ”A guy wrote a song about me, and I went over and sang the song with him and had a great time.”

After the 1988 Winter Olympics, his finances rose significantly.

Eddie said: ”Over the next three or four years, I must have banked £1.5 million easily.”

However, Michael was declared bankrupt in 1992.

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Eddie Edwards in a sports shop – 1994 – @Getty

He explained: ”I was forced to file for bankruptcy because the fund was mismanaged.” Michael continued: ”I sued, and the matter was settled out of court at the 11th hour.

To support Eddie’s attempt to reach the 1998 Games in Nagano, Eagle Airlines sponsored Michael. But, he failed to qualify for the competition.

Eddie graduated from De Montfort University in Leicester with a degree in law in 2003.

He made a return visit to Calgary on February 13, 2008, to participate in festivities marking the 20th anniversary of the 1988 Winter Olympics.

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Edwards attends a show jumping event on day 2 of the Four Hills Tournament Ski Jumping event at Schattenberg-Schanze on December 29, 2013 in Oberstdorf – @Getty

Edwards commentated on the British television series The Jump in January 2014.

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In 2016, a British biographical sports comedy-drama film, Eddie the Eagle, was released.

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Hugh Jackman, Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards and Taron Egerton arrive for the European premiere of ‘Eddie The Eagle’ at Odeon Leicester Square on March 17, 2016 in London – @Getty

The film was nominated for the Empire Award for Best British Film in 2017. It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

The film grossed more than $46.1 million worldwide.

Eddie the Eagle stars Jim Broadbent, Iris Berben, Christopher Walken, Hugh Jackman, and Taron Egerton as Michael Edwards.

It was directed by Dexter Fletcher.

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Taron Egerton, Michael Edwards, and Hugh Jackman attend a press conference of new movie “Eddie the Eagle” on March 9, 2016 in Beijing – @Getty

Eddie said about the film:

”I was thrilled to have a film made about my life – I thought they did a fantastic job.”

When actor Taron Egerton was asked by Oklahoman how did he learn to ski jump for the film, Taron responded: ”I never skied before.” Egerton continued: ”So I had to go out to Germany a couple of weeks early and make sure I could ski.”

In 2017, Eddie made some jumps at the ski jumping facilities at Canada Olympic Park. Edwards said: ”I haven’t jumped for a long, long time.” Eddie continued: ”twenty years, I think, ’97 was the last time I did any jumping.”

In 2021, Michael appeared on The Masked Dancer.

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Eddie the Eagle attends a Ban Trophy Hunting Campaign reception, in the Jubilee Room at the Houses of Parliament in London – March 15, 2023 – @Getty

Dancing on Ice

In October 2023, Edwards inked as an emergency stand-in on Dancing on Ice. The TV series will return to ITV1, STV, and ITVX in 2024.

“‘Dancing on Ice’ is a show I’ve always wanted to do,” Eddie said in a press release. “It’s a challenge I think I’m going to relish!


In June 2003, Eddie the Eagle married Samantha Morton. In 2014, Samantha broke up with Michael. They got divorced in 2016. He said in an interview: ”Losing my marriage and my family life hurts more than anything that ever happened to me in ski-jumping.

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The couple has two daughters, named Ottilie and Honey.


Eddie the Eagle is 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) tall.


Eddie the Eagle – Net Worth


His nicknames include Unsteady Eddie, Abominable Snowman, Mr. Magoo, and Inspector Clouseau on skis.

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Eddie the Eagle – Net Worth – Michael Edwards

So, how much is Eddie the Eagle worth?

Michael made a lot of money after participating in the 1988 Winter Olympics. ”Once I was making £10,000 for an hour’s work,” Eddie said in a 2010 interview.

Edwards also earned some money from selling his book – ”On the Piste.”

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Christopher Biggins and Michael Edwards “Eddie The Eagle” attends the Spectacle Wearer Of the year Awards at 8 Northumberland Avenue on October 7, 2014 in London – @Getty

All the royalties (about £180,000) he received from the movie Eddie The Eagle had to hand over to his wife and daughters after the divorce. He said: ”because we had children, and other factors, I ended up losing 85%. I’m wiped out.”

Currently, he makes money from speaking engagements. For instance, he was part of Aldi’s Winter Olympics advertising campaign. In 2024, Eddie will appear on Dancing on Ice.

Therefore, Eddie the Eagle has an estimated net worth of $500,000.

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John W. Wright III

Tuesday 12th of April 2022

The last true Olympian. I remember this vividly, cried then, cried again when I watched the movie. Today, it is way too commercial, Bejing was awful. The spirit has been lost, not because of the athletes, they are wonderful, it's all the surrounding BS. I wish the spirit would return, but alas, the times have changed.

Bryan Gary

Thursday 24th of March 2022

I love you Man, once an eagle always an eagle. I saw your movie in a very small town in Iowa at a tiny theater with an all volunteer staff. No pay just free movies and you inspired all of us workers and paid movie goers alike. Totally refreshing to see a sports film focused on something captivating instead of the same old winners and the tiny fractions of time and increments of distance they won by.

robert julian thomas

Wednesday 2nd of February 2022

what a man guts and determination got him to the Olympics came last in the competition but first in the eyes of the UK well done Eddie

Jean Goddard

Sunday 21st of November 2021

Saw you in Surbiton Surrey England many years ago. I got your autograph and still have it. Live in the USA now near Lake Placid but always followed your progress. I think you were in Surbiton as guest star for the opening of a Loan Company on Ewell Rd. I also have the advertising brochure telling you were coming to town. Not many people would have made the sacrifices you did to carry out your dream. If you would like these items l have let me know where to send them l would be glad to send them to you. God Bless.

charles long

Saturday 20th of November 2021

you are an amazing inspiration for having the courage never to give up on myself... thank you charles long