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Thursday 17th October 2019

Soap stars: How much do Coronation Street actors earn?

Who's the biggest earner on the Street?

Coronation Street comes into our living rooms six times a week, but how much do the actors involved get paid to star on the nation's biggest show?

We take a look at the salaries of the stars.

It looks like Jack P Shepherd - aka David Platt - is the show's highest earner.

Jack is said to be Corrie's biggest hitter (Credit: ITV)

The Mirror reported in October 2018 that Jack had been awarded a bumper new contract worth £250,000. That's £30,000 more than his previous deal and it ties him into the soap until 2019.

He's tackled a huge storyline over the last year - his rape at the hands of supposed friend Josh Tucker.

A Street source told the paper that bosses were keen to keep Jack after the way he handled the sensitive subject: "His handling of the recent rape storyline has been moving and very well received by the audience and his new deal is richly deserved."

Read more: Battle of the soaps: Coronation Street vs Emmerdale

At the time co-star Kym Marsh wrote in her OK! column that she had no idea what Jack earned and that "no one cares" on Corrie.

Kym Marsh has been on the cobbles since 2006 (Credit: ITV)

Kym, who has played Michelle Connor since 2006, was reported by The Sun in 2017 to be earning £150,000. Michelle's been central to the plots over the last two years, playing out the heartbreaking death of her baby son Ruairi when he was born at 23 weeks.

She's since got together with Robert Preston and welcomed her two grown up sons back home - biological son Ali Neeson and the son she brought up after he was swapped at birth, Ryan Connor.

Steve McDonald's had his fair share of women throughout his 29 years on the Street (Credit: ITV)

Also reportedly earning £150,000 is Kym's on-screen ex-husband Simon Gregson, who plays Steve McDonald.

Simon has been with the cast of Coronation Street since 1989 and has been part of various hard-hitting storylines and plenty of comedy ones too.

He's recently married Tracy Barlow for the second time, but that wedding was a nightmare after she discovered he'd cheated with Leanne Battersby. He has a history of cheating with Leanne as he slept with her when he was married to Michelle, and fathered a child, Oliver, with her.

Simon is one of the longest-serving members of the Corrie cast, but the actual longest, William Roache, 84, who plays Ken Barlow, has been there since the first episode in 1960.

Ken Barlow's been on Corrie the longest (Credit: ITV/YouTube)

Despite the number of years he's been on the cobbles, he's not the highest earner as he reportedly takes home £200,000 per year.

That's the same as Barbara Knox, who's also been on the soap for a long time - in fact, she's the second-longest serving cast member. She plays Rita Tanner and despite several brushes with death, including one last year when she had a brain tumour, Rita has lived to tell the tale and remain a permanent fixture on the Street.

Mechanic Kevin Webster, played by Michael Le Vell, has been in Weatherfield since 1983 and his 35 years on the Street have reportedly bagged him a £170,000 as at January 2017.

Read more: Coronation Street full cast list

Corrie's Rosie Webster has returned to the Street - and left again (Credit: ITV)

His on-screen daughter, Helen Flanagan, who plays Rosie Webster, returned to the cobbles in 2017 after leaving in 2000. Her original comeback stint was said to be worth £30,000 for the three months she'd be on screen.

But after fans campaigned for her role to be made permanent again, Helen was reportedly offered a £120,000 a year deal to stick around.

She's currently on maternity leave after giving birth to her second child, and although no return date has been set, she will be coming back in 2019.