Casualty actors Derek Thompson and Amanda Mealing are the BBC’s highest-earning drama stars

The pair - who play Charlie Fairhead and Connie Beauchamp - take home more than the likes of Peter Capaldi and David Jason


Casualty actors Derek Thompson and Amanda Mealing are the BBC’s highest earning drama stars, according to figures released by the Corporation.


Thompson – who has played nurse Charlie Fairhead since Casualty began in 1986 – is at the top spot with earnings in the £350,000-£399,999 bracket for the year to April 2017.

Co-star Mealing – who plays clinical lead Connie Beauchamp – takes home between £250,000-£299,999.

Soap stars and actors from the BBC’s medical dramas dominate the TV Scripted (Drama and Comedy) list, published by the Corporation under the terms of its new charter. 

As well as Thompson and Mealing, the report puts Catherine Shipton (Duffy in Casualty) in the £150,000-£199,999 bracket, while Rosie Marcel (Jac Naylor in Holby City) is revealed to be earning a salary of between £200,000 and £249,999.

Other names include Guy Henry (Henrik Hanssen, Holby City), Hugh Quarshie (Ric Griffin, Holby City) and Jemma Redgrave (Bernie Wolfe, Holby City), who each earn between £150,000 and £199,999.

The rankings of how on-screen stars’ pay put Thompson ahead of the likes of departing Doctor Who actor Peter Capaldi (£200,000-£249,999) and David Jason (£200,000-£249,999).

Casualty, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in September 2016, was awarded the Best Drama prize at this year’s National Television Awards.

Consolidated viewing figures see Casualty regularly bringing in up to 5 million viewers each Saturday night for BBC1.


Its current run is set to climax with a special one-shot episode filmed in a single take, a promo for which can be seen below.