Jack P Shepherd has reportedly landed a ‘£250,000 salary deal’ to keep him on
A source told the publication: ‘His handling of the recent rape storyline has been moving and very well received by the audience. And his new deal is richly deserved.’
Racking it in: Jack P Shepherd has reportedly landed a ‘£250,000 salary deal’ to keep him on Coronation Street after his tragic male rape plot
In March, viewers were left devastated after Corrie villain Josh Tucker (Ryan Clayton) threw Jack’s character David onto a bed in a semi-conscious state as he spiked his drink.
While nothing was shown on-screen, Josh could be heard undoing his trousers before closing the bedroom door, with the following episode showing David awake in Josh’s bed.
‘Jack is going nowhere for the next year and the executives are very happy’, the insider commented.
Distressing: According to The Mirror, the actor, 30, has been given a £30,000 pay rise for his award-winning portrayal of victim David Platt
They elaborated: ‘The bosses are aware that stars are keen to maximise their earnings and his new deal reflects their desire to keep top talent in the show.’
The Pudsey native is set to celebrate his 20-year anniversary on the show, after being first introduced on the cobbles in 2000. MailOnline has contacted Jack’s representatives for further comment.
While many viewers branded the rape storyline ‘uncomfortable,’ Jack revealed that he’s received plenty of praise from fans and victims’ support groups for taking on the plot.
Tragic: In March, viewers were left devastated after Corrie villain Josh Tucker (Ryan Clayton) threw Jack’s character David onto a bed in a semi-conscious state as he spiked his drink
Veteran: The Pudsey native is set to celebrate his 20-year anniversary on the show, after being first introduced on the cobbles in 2000
Speaking to the ITV soap’s official blog, the actor recently detailed: ‘People saying that they’ve enjoyed watching the storyline. Then they always hesitate and say, ‘I shouldn’t really say that as it’s not something you should enjoy’ but what they mean is that it’s been a good topic and it needed to be addressed.
‘It’s interesting because when it was released in the press that we were going to do this storyline there was a lot of response with people saying it’s disgusting, Corrie shouldn’t be putting that on the screen, it’s a family show.
‘As soon as it went on screen people realised that you didn’t see David get raped, all you saw was a door slamming shut and you knew what was going to happen after that. It let the audience use their own imagination.
‘The storyline was more about the aftermath and the mental effect that happened with David. People got it and it was a good story, I think Corrie played it out really well.’
Impressive: Jack scooped the British Soap Award for Best Actor at this year’s ceremony in June