The highest-earning stars of EastEnders are revealed

Adam Woodyatt and Danny Dyer top the salary chart


Adam Woodyatt and Danny Dyer have been revealed to be the highest-earning EastEnders stars, each taking home a salary of between £200,000 and £249,999 in the year to April 2017.


Woodyatt has played stalwart Ian Beale since the soap’s inception in 1985, while Dyer joined the cast in December 2013 as Queen Vic landlord Mick Carter.

But both earned less than the top earners from Casualty: Derek Thompson earning between £350,000 and £399,999 and Amanda Mealing £250,000-299,999. 

Adam Woodyatt with EastEnders co-star Laurie Brett

Soap and continuing drama actors dominate the TV Scripted (Drama and Comedy) list, published today by the Corporation under the terms of its new charter. 

The Albert Square regulars earning between £150,000 and £199,999 are Laurie Brett (Jane Beale), Letitia Dean (Sharon Mitchell), Tameka Empson (Kim Fox), Linda Henry (Shirley Carter), Scott Maslen (Jack Branning), Gillian Taylforth (Kathy Beale) and Lacey Turner (Stacey Fowler).

Notable omissions from the list include the likes of Steve McFadden, Jake Wood, Kellie Bright and June Brown, the majority of whom aren’t thought to have had enough screen time in the last financial year to qualify.

McFadden (hard man Phil Mitchell), for instance, will return to screens next week following a sixth-month absence, while Kellie Bright (landlady Linda Carter) has been away on maternity leave.

Recent consolidated viewing figures have seen EastEnders bring in an audience of 6 million-plus viewers, while John Yorke has recently taken over as creative director after Sean O’Connor stepped down as executive producer.

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