Friends star Lisa Kudrow told to pay ex-manager $1.6m

Friend's actress Lisa Kudrow

Friends star Lisa Kudrow has been ordered to pay her former manager $1.6m (£963,000) in earnings from her work on the hit show.

A jury in Los Angeles made the ruling in favour of Scott Howard, who claimed he had an oral agreement with the actress and was owed a percentage of her income from her time on the sitcom.

The 50-year-old played Phoebe Buffay in the show, which ran from 1994 to 2004.

Cast of Friends: David Schwimmer As Ross Geller, Jennifer Aniston As Rachel Cook, Courteney Cox As Monica Geller, Matthew Perry As Chandler Bing, Lisa Kudrow As Phoebe Buffay And Matt Leblanc As Joey Tribbiani

After the show she went on to play roles in films such as P.S. I Love You.

Her Friends character was renowned for performing songs in the fictional coffee shop Central Perk - the most famous one being Smelly Cat.

Friend's cast in Central Perk

The actress argued that she had already paid Scott Howard more than $11m before they parted ways in 2007 after a 16-year working relationship.

Evidence heard during the trial suggested Kudrow was earning more than $1m an episode by the end of the show's run.

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