Jack P Shepherd was said to have signed a £250,000 deal to stay on
And in the wake of the claims, Kym Marsh, 42, has said she doesn’t care about Jack’s reported £30,000 salary increase to play loveable rogue David Platt.
Kym, who has played Michelle Connor since 2006, is believed to earn £150,000 for her role but insists the huge pay gap doesn’t affect her.
Pay gap: Kym Marsh has said she ‘doesn’t care’ Coronation Street co-star Jack P. Shepherd is paid more than her… after he reportedly landed a £250,000 deal
‘In the past I’ve read I earn a different amount to what I actually do. No one knows and, actually, no one cares!’
Jack was crowned the Best Actor for his character of David on the Manchester cobbles at the Inside Soap Awards on Monday night, with the soap’s bosses being impressed at how the actor handled the male rape storyline.
Lucrative deal: Jack P Shepherd was said to have signed a £250,000 deal to stay on Coronation Street, reportedly making him one of the highest paid stars on the soap
Doesn’t care: Kym, who has played Michelle Connor since 2006, is believed to earn £150,000 for her role but insists the huge pay gap doesn’t affect her
Hard-hitting: Jack was crowned the Best Actor for his character of David o at the Inside Soap Awards o, with the soap’s bosses being impressed at how he handled the male rape storyline
A source told
‘His new deal is richly deserved…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 full story: Read Kym’s column in OK! Magazine
The 30-year-old Coronation Street actor was involved in a hard-hitting male rape storyline, which was both criticised and praised by viewers for its no-holds barred portrayal.
David was raped off-screen by the sinister Josh Tucker after he was drugged on a night out, with viewers seeing the horrific aftermath as he struggled to come to terms with what he had been through and bravely spoke out about his ordeal.
Jack, who joined the cast back in 1999, will undoubtedly have huge storylines in the next year as he marks his 20th anniversary on the cobbles.
Fans of the show had previously voiced concerns he would leave the show prior to the new deal, after Jack commented he didn’t know what was next for his character.
Jack said: ‘Ultimately in soaps I think if it does change the character then you must see what you want from the character.
‘Do you want David Platt to change and, if so why? If he does change, does he eventually have to leave?’
Read the full story in OK! Magazine – out today.
To be continued
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