EastEnders star reveals how much they earn and WOW

No wonder some particular cast members have stuck around so long 😬

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by Hannah Mellin |

We've got loads of unanswered question when it comes to BBC soap EastEnders - why does no one seem to own a washing machine or a tumble dryer in 2022? Why does one little corner of London produce so many murders, gangsters and illicit affairs?

One question we've always pondered is how much the actors get paid. It's common knowledge that when you're in EastEnders, that is your job and you're not allowed to work anywhere else.

Former EastEnders actress Jacqueline Jossa recently revealed on Sam and Billie Faiers' podcast that she wasn't allowed to do paid Instagram work when she was on EastEnders and there are strict rules around what you could and couldn't do whilst starring in the soap.

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jacqueline opened up on sam and billie's podcast ©YouTube

Thanks to another former EastEnders star, Rory Jennings, who played Craig Dixon in the soap in 2007, the actors get paid a VERY tidy amount.

Speaking on The Fellas podcast, Craig was asked how much he was paid to star in the soap.

"It worked out I was on a £1000 per episode but remember this was way back in the day so you had the Sunday repeat, do you remember the Sunday repeat?

"You had the omnibus on Sunday, so they would do, basically for people who were hungover, I think from 12pm until 3pm they'd do all the EastEnders through the week on a Sunday repeat. And you'd get 80% of your fee again. So you'd get a grand an episode and they 80% of that for the Sunday. So in theory you could be in four episodes a week, which would be £4000 and then you'd get 80% per episode."

The host then replied, "That's like six grand a week!"

Now, we don't know if there's any truth to Craig's comments and if they still stand today, but that is A LOT and could be why Ian Beale has stayed around for so long, right?

EastEnders fans know that Ian has now left Walford and he's not the only big star to the leave the show...

Who's leaving Albert Square this year?


Who's leaving EastEnders this year?

Mick Carter (played by Danny Dyer)
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After nine years on the show, it's been confirmed that Danny Dyer - aka Mick Carter - is leaving Walford. A spokesperson told Digital Spy, "Danny will be leaving EastEnders when his contract comes to an end later this year."Danny has made Mick Carter an iconic character which we shall always be grateful for, however we won't be saying goodbye just yet as there's still quite some time – and plenty of explosive drama for Mick – to come before he departs Walford."

Keegan Butcher-Baker (Zack Morris)
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After five years on the show and a failed marriage to Tiffany Butcher, Keegan will leave the square in the Spring as actor Zack explores new things. In a statement, Zack said, "After five beautiful years on this incredible show, I have made the tough decision to leave Walford and give Keegan Butcher-Baker some well-earned rest."

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After months of speculation, EastEnders bosses have confirmed that Tiffany Butcher is leaving Walford however she will also make a brief return later this year. Confirming the news Maisie Smith has said, "It's time to say farewell to Tiff! I've grown up on EastEnders since 2008, and have learnt from the best over the past 13 years. "I'm very excited for my next challenge and thank the BBC for the opportunity they gave me as a 6 year old."Jon Sen, EastEnders' executive producer, added. "We are all very sad to see Maisie leave. She's been a wonderful company member during her time at EastEnders and it's been a privilege to see her blossom into the star she is. "She has created an iconic character in Tiff and the door is always open to her return. We wish her all the very best for her future projects."

According to different reports, EastEnders' biggest earners are said to be paid a salary. In 2013, Danny Dyer was cast 2013 as Mick Carter, and the channel listed annual salary in 2017 as between £200,000 - £249,999, making him the show's highest paid earner in its history.


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Steve McFadden, who plays the iconic Phil Mitchell, is rumoured to be earning between the £200,000-£300,000 mark.

Piers Morgan also leaked Ian Beale's salary in 2017, when he tweeted, "BBC SALARIES (Soaps) Highest paid actor: Adam Woodyatt & Danny Dyer: £200k-£249k."

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