The payments follow years of unlawful phone voice mail intrusions by the now defunct Sunday tabloid News of the World, and those targeted by the disgraced newspaper will receive what solicitors Bindmans have called “substantial compensation for victims of illegal intrusion by journalists and private investigators.”

Jude Law has been awarded £130,000 and his former partner Sadie Frost has accepted £50,000 in damages. Lisa Gower, who allegedly had an affair with comedian Steve Coogan accepted £30,000.

Rugby star Gavin Henson and former partner of singer Charlotte Church has accepted £40,000. A friend of Prince Harry whose phone was hacked has also received £40,000, and ex-deputy Prime Minister and self styled Twitter ‘cyber warrior’ Lord John Prescott has also been given £40,000 in the pay out.

Footballer Ashley Cole has been rewarded an undisclosed sum.

Lawyer Mark Thomson from law firm Atkins Thomson said “All of the claimants have been extremely brave to take on and succeed against a massive and influential multinational media organisation.

“They can take the credit for triggering the new police investigation, the parliamentary inquiries and the Leveson Inquiry. They should be very pleased with what they have achieved.

“A number of claimants are still pursuing the matter to trial and, as a result, NGN will continue to disclose further information and evidence.”

The news organisation has already settled with stars Ulrika Jonsson, Abi Titmuss, James Hewitt and Calum Best, and Labour politicians David Blunkett and Tessa Jowell plus several others.