Coronation Street star Kym Marsh has said that she ‘doesn’t care’ that co-star Jack P Shepherd is earning more than her on the veteran ITV soap.
Rumours emerged recently that Shepherd, who plays David Platt on the show, had received a £30,000 salary hike, bringing his contract to £250,000.
That would make him the highest-paid actor on the show, with Marsh reportedly earning £150,000 for her role as Michelle Connor, which she’s played since 2006.
“There were reports last week that stated that Jack P Shepherd was the highest paid actor on Corrie, but we don’t talk about how much we earn at work,” she wrote in her column for OK! Magazine.
“In the past I’ve read I earn a different amount to what I actually do. No one knows and, actually, no one cares!”
Following the news of his renewed contract, sources on the show told the Daily Mirror: “Jack is going nowhere for the next year and the executives are very happy.
“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.”
Shepherd, who’s been on the show since 1990, won Best Actor at the Inside Soap Awards on Monday this week, following his controversial male rape storyline on the show earlier this year.
It saw the father-of-two drugged and assaulted by Josh Tucker following a night out.
Corrie, meanwhile, scooped the Best Soap title, among seven other awards.