How real estate careers helped Millie Bobby Brown and David Harbour
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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