SOAP stars play some of the nation’s most loved characters every day of the week – but they live the most lavish lifestyles when cameras aren’t rolling.
And that’s all down to the generous pay cheques the actors of Emmerdale, EastEnders and Coronation Street get every month.
Starring in a soap is a great way for any actor to get their foot in the TV door.
While some of our most successful soap stars have kept to their roots, others have still gone on to make huge amounts of money elsewhere – whether that be through social media posts, reality show appearances or creating their own clothing lines.
But the likes of Corrie’s Alan Halsall and EastEnder’s Adam Woodyatt have earned their money by being some of their shows longest-serving actors.
Here we look at the richest stars of soap land…
EastEnders’ Jacqueline Jossa
After hitting our screens in 2010 as Lauren Branning in the popular BBC soap, the actress is now estimated to be around £1.2million.
She was reportedly taking home a six-figure salary during her time on the show.
The mum-of-two was paid £75,000 for her appearance on ITV’S I’m A Celebrity in 2019 and has gone on to make a huge amount of money since.
Jacqueline has gone on to become a huge influencer who is paid for certain Instagram posts and even has her own range with In The Style.
Coronation Street’s Michelle Keegan
In 2019 the former Corrie star has an estimated net worth of £2.7million.
Michelle, who is married to Towie legend Mark Wright, played barmaid Tina McIntyre from 2008 to 2014 and wracked up an annual salary of £60,000.
Her success on the ITV show has led on to various other roles on TV programmes such as Ordinary Lies and Our Girl.
The beauty has also been involved with brands such as Revlon and clothing brand Lipsy, which is said to have have paid around £250,000 a year and her deal with Garnier’s Ambre Solaire self-range tan added another £150,00 to the bank.
Michelle and Mark share a £2million mansion in Essex.
Coronation Street’s Alan Halsall
The actor, who plays Tyrone Dobbs on the cobbles, has racked up an impressive amount of money since joining the show 22 years ago.
It is estimated that the star’s net worth is between £799,000 and £4,000,000.
His success led him on to build his £750,000 dream home with ex-wife Lucy Jo Hudson.
Last year the dad-of-one signed a new six figure year-long contract with the soap and even splashed out on a £100,000 Mercedes.
EastEnders’ Danny Dyer
Danny Dyer is most known for his roles in popular films such as The Football Factory, Mean Machine and Doghouse and his reported net worth is around £3.9million.
The actor went on to join the popular BBC soap in 2014 as the new landlord of the Queen Vic.
In the year of 2017 he was paid between £200-249,000 for his role as Mic Carter in EastEnders.
EastEnders’ Adam Woodyatt
Adam – who plays Ian Beale in EastEnders – is the longest serving actor on the show after starring in the soap since 1985.
He’s on a similar wage to Danny as it was reported that he was paid between £200-249 three years ago and his estimated net worth is between £799,000 and £4,000,000.
EastEnders’ Steve McFadden
The EastEnders legend has earned a bit of extra cash by doing club appearances and pantomimes Steve, who is most well known for playing Phil Mitchell in the soap, is one of the most popular long-standing characters.
It was reported that the Phil Mitchell actor’s salary was £360,00 in 2006 and his net worth is around £2.7m.
Last year he earned a whopping £180,000 playing the role of Captain Hook in a Peter Pan panto.
The actor also does regular club appearances – but it is unknown how much he is paid.
Coronation Street’s Jack P Shepherd
Jack has played the role of David Platt on the ITV soap since April 2000 and his estimated net worth is between £799,000 and £4,000,000.
His hard work has led him on to earn an impressive £220,000 salary, which makes him one of the highest earning actors on the cobbles.
Two years ago, it was reported that Jack’s pay had been bumped by a whopping £30,000.
The star isn’t afraid to show his wealth off, as he has even been pictured arriving on set in his £50,000 Maserati.
Casualty’s Derek Thompson
The Irish actor, who is most well known for his role of Charlie Fairhead the medical drama series Casualty, has an estimated net worth of £6m.
He started the role in 1986 and has been in more than 750 episodes.
In 2017 it was reported that he was paid annually between £350,000-399,000.
Holby City’s Amanda Mealing
The soap star, who has played Connie Beauchamp in the BBC medical dramas Holby City for over 40 years, has an estimated net worth is between £799,000 and £4,000,000.
Before her success on the soap, Amanda starred in BBC One’s children drama Grange Hill and played roles in other series including Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Bill and Midsomer Murders.
In 2017 the actress earned between £250 and £299,000 for her role on the show.