CORONATION Road star Jack P. Shepherd will toast 20 years within the cleaning soap after placing pen to paper on a contract extension.
Jack, 31, who has made a collection of arty and darkish quick movies away from the cobbles, has delighted bosses by signing for an additional 12 months and will likely be round for an additional main landmark – the cleaning soap’s 60th birthday.
The David Platt star is acknowledged as one of many cleaning soap’s most proficient actors and can be in demand from TV companies if he stop.
A supply revealed: “Jack is an excellent actor and the executives are delighted he’s on board for an additional 12 months. He’s probably the greatest they’ve obtained.
“They’re planning a dramatic episode for the cleaning soap’s 60th birthday and wish individuals with the expertise of Jack to raise the performances of the remainder of the forged.”
He first appeared on display in April 2000 and is now one of many highest earners on the ITV present because of his performances as David.
His shifting portrayal of a rape sufferer now means he earns greater than £200,000-a-year, placing him up there with veterans equivalent to Invoice Roache, who has performed Ken Barlow since 1960.
Lately, the cleaning soap has seen stars like Ryan Thomas and Michelle Keegan go away to extend their incomes potential, as Road actors will not be allowed to tackle offers promoting merchandise for companies.
So bosses have been determined to maintain Jack.
Final 12 months he hinted that David’s controversial male rape storyline may carry the curtain down on his profession within the present.
The actor has acquired reward from followers and victims’ teams over his portrayal of the harrowing plotline.
However the Leeds-born star has talked about whether or not David should ultimately go away Weatherfield to recover from the trauma of the assault – elevating questions on Jack’s future within the present.
LONGEST SERVING CORRIE STARS
William Roache stays the longest serving Coronation Road star – showing within the very first episode 59 years in the past at Ken Barlow.
Barbara Knox is the longest-serving feminine member of the forged at 55 years, however ought to Eileen Derbyshire return as Emily Bishop then she would reclaim the crown with 58 years.
Helen Value, who performs Jack’s on-screen mum Gail Platt, has knocked up a formidable 45 years on the cleaning soap which means he’s obtained some technique to go earlier than he breaks any data.
In a earlier interview dad-of-three Jack was requested if he thought the intercourse assault would have an effect on David for the remainder of his life.
He revealed: “I’ve been within the present for years now and performed each single storyline you may probably play.
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“Finally in soaps I feel if it does change the character then you will need to see what you need from the character. Would you like David Platt to vary and if that’s the case why? If he does change, does he ultimately have to depart?
“After some time the character should come to phrases with what has occurred to them and transfer on, then you possibly can stay out different tales. In the event that they don’t, then what do they do?
“Will they be depressed or do they go away? It comes all the way down to that actually. David has been by means of loads, he’s a resilient character. He’s had quite a few individuals attempting to kill him earlier than and his spouse died, so there are issues that he’s obtained over and are available out the opposite aspect.”