How real estate careers helped Millie Bobby Brown and David Harbour


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David Harbour and Millie Bobby Brown speak about the Stranger Things series in Los Angeles last year. Picture: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images.

WE’VE followed them to the upside down and back, but David Harbour and Millie Bobby Brown have more in common then their Stranger Things characters could ever imagine.

In real life, they both come from real estate families.

David Harbour, who plays Sheriff Hopper, grew up in a family of real estate agents working in New York.

While Millie Bobby Brown’s dad was a Dorset real estate agent in England before selling up to move the family to America in support of his daughter’s emerging acting career which has resulted in her lead role as Eleven.

Sadie Sink, Noah Schnapp, Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard and Caleb McLaughlin in a scene from season three of Stranger Things. Picture: Supplied by Netflix.

The 1980s-inspired Netflix thriller Stranger Things premiered in 2016, turning unknown actors into instant stars and bringing established careers back into the spotlight.


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The series, which tells the story of the small (fictional) country town of Hawkins, Indiana in the grip of a supernatural incursion, will release its highly anticipated third season on July 4.

The cast of Stranger Things, also starring Winona Ryder, on the red carpet in California for the world premiere of season 3. Picture: Chris Delmas/AFP.

For David Harbour, it has been the most high profile role in a solid 20-year acting career which was reportedly inspired by seeing Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V as a Year 8 student.

US actor David Harbour attending Netflix’s Stranger Things 3 premiere at Santa Monica High School, California on June 28, 2019. Picture: Chris Delmas/AFP.

Supporting him through school were his real estate agent parents, Kenneth and Nancy Harbour, with his mum focusing on residential property and his father on commercial sales.

This is what US$525,000 will buy you in White Plains, New York. This city is where David Harbour grew up with his real estate agent parents. Picture: Supplied.

Their original stomping ground of White Plains, New York was ranked third in the top 10 places to live in New York by online real estate brokerage Movoto in 2016. His parents have since moved their home and business to Armonk, New York, the headquarters of IBM worldwide.

This is what US$2.475 million will buy you in Armonk, New York today. Picture: Supplied.

Millie Bobby Brown’s dad, Robert Brown, was also a real estate agent, before the family moved from their Bournemouth, Dorset home in England to America to support their daughter’s acting career.

Bournemouth real estate agents in the UK are selling homes like this one at Talbot Hill Rd, Talbot Park, for $1 million (575,000 pounds). Millie Bobby Brown lived in Bournemouth from the age of four until the family moved to America four years later. Picture: Supplied.

The move was a risk that paid off when Netflix offered Millie Bobby Brown the role of Eleven in Stranger Things at the age of 12.

Something else Millie Bobby Brown and David Harbour have in common is their salary.

The Stranger Things Season 3 world premiere party at Santa Monica, California last month ahead of the worldwide release on July 4. Picture: Charley Gallay/Getty Images.

While you’re binge watching Stranger Things season three this week, it might be interesting to note that both stars were paid $500,000 an episode.

That’s more than the sales commission Australia’s elite real estate agents would see in a year.


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