Cold Feet actress Fay Ripley has ignited a row over pay after hinting she receives less than her male co-stars.
Her comments come ahead of the new series of the popular ITV drama and are in stark contrast to fellow cast member James Nesbitt, 53, who has previously insisted there is no gender pay gap.
When asked about the matter in an interview with
Pay row: Cold Feet actress Fay Ripley claims she is paid less than her co-star James Nesbitt
‘I’m just saying that I can’t sit here and say that we’re paid the same.’
Ripley, who was cast as Jenny Gifford when the show first launched 22 years ago, added: ‘I look forward to a world where we don’t have to worry about that.’
The new series, which returns to television screens on 14 January, also stars Hermione Norris, John Thomson and Robert Bathurst.
In previous interviews, when co-star Nesbitt was asked about whether the show’s female actresses are paid less, he replied: ‘Don’t think so. There’s never been chat about money. Because we’re all pretty lucky.’
ITV declined to comment when approached by MailOnline.
Ripley’s claim comes at a time of increasing scrutiny over gender pay inequality.
Last month, it was reported that Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is being paid ‘£10million more’ than his Jungle Cruise co-star Emily Blunt.
The actor, 46, is said to be receiving $22m (£17m) to portray lead male character Frank, while Emily, 35, will be getting $9m (£7m) to take on the role of leading lady Lily, TMZ reports.
Ripley’s comments come ahead of the new series of ITV’s Cold Feet, starting on 14 January
Meanwhile, scores of companies at the end of last year admitted the gulf between men and women’s pay at their firms has increased over the last year.
Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic, HSBC’s private bank and energy giant Npower were among those to admit that women’s average salaries against men’s have improved since organisations were first forced to disclose their gender pay gaps.
But an investigation from The Mail on Sunday found that more than a third of these organisations have gone the other way – and increased the average amount men get paid compared to women.
For the 387 firms which filed gender pay figures for the previous two financial years, the gap has skewed towards men in 130 cases, or 34 per cent.
Some 70 reported no change, while 187 closed the gap in favour of women.
The former China editor and presenter, 56, wrote an open letter after discovering that North America editor Jon Sopel was on a salary band of £200,000 to £249,999 for an equivalent role.
Rumble in the jungle: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is reportedly getting ‘£10m more’ than his Jungle Cruise co-star Emily Blunt
Her revelation came after MPs found the BBC had discriminated against and underpaid scores of women because of an ‘invidious and opaque’ culture at the top, adding that it had ‘failed’ female workers and plunged the organisation into a ‘crisis of trust’.
Gracie said: ‘We have to have more transparency. I only discovered the pay gap between me and my male peers by accident really because the BBC was forced to do some pay disclosures and it was like “Oh, what? How did that come?”.
‘When I went to China, I said I wanted to be paid equally and here I find the men are earning between 50 and 100 per cent more. I just assumed once I’d gone off saying “You’re going to pay me equally, aren’t you?” that was going to happen.’
Former BBC China editor Carrie Gracie was embroiled in a high-profile gender pay gap row