The stars of Eastenders and Coronation Street are some of the highest-paid actors and actresses on British television, but how about the extras? After all, appearing on a popular soap series as an extra is no easy job and according to many fans, is a job that deserves to be compensated well.
According to the Liverpool Echo, the standard pay of rate of soap extras is about $113 a day for their acting skills. The pay goes up an additional $68 for actors that have lines.
What’s more, extras get paid if they are expected to do anything else like drive a car, work with an animal, ride a horse, hold a gun, and even swim in a scene. Most soaps pay about an extra $33 for these scenes.
Of course, this all depends on what soap extras work on, too. In comparison, reports back in July said that Eastedenders star Danny Dyer makes about $260,000 to $325,000 per episode of Eastenders. Actor Adam Woddyatt, who plays Ian Beale, also makes about the same.
Laurie Brett (who plays Jane Beale), Lindy Henry (Shirley Carter), Scott Maslen (Jack Branning), Letitia Dean (Sharon Mitchell), Tameka Empson (Kim Fox-Hubbard) and Diane Parish (Denise Fox), all earn from $195,000 to $260,00 per episode.
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