Cor­rie Jack’s big cash deal

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ by ED GLEAVE

COR­RIE ac­tor Jack P. Shep­herd’s mov­ing por­trayal of a rape vic­tim has been re­warded with a new con­tract.

The pop­u­lar star, who plays David Platt, is now com­fort­ably in the £200,000-a-year bracket – al­most on a par with vet­er­ans such as Michael Le Vell and screen mum He­len Worth.

He has been of­fered a new 12-month deal to ce­ment his fu­ture in the ITV soap un­til late next year.

Bosses are cel­e­brat­ing as Jack, 30, is hugely pop­u­lar with both young and older view­ers.

A source said: “Jack is go­ing nowhere for the next year and the ex­ec­u­tives are very happy.

“He’s part of the show’s DNA now and is classed as al­most a vet­eran as he has been in Cor­rie since he was a kid.

“His han­dling of the re­cent rape sto­ry­line has been mov­ing and was very well re­ceived by the au­di­ence.”

The new con­tract will take Jack up to his 20-year an­niver­sary in the show.

Last month he hinted the con­tro­ver­sial male rape sto­ry­line could bring the cur­tain down on his Street ca­reer.

The Leeds-born star had talked about whether David might even­tu­ally leave Weather­field to get over the trauma of the at­tack – rais­ing ques­tions about Jack’s fu­ture in the show. In an in­ter­view with the Cor­rie blog, Jack was asked if he thought the sex at­tack would af­fect David for the rest of his life. He said: “Af­ter a while the char­ac­ter must come to terms with what has hap­pened to them and move on, then you can live out other sto­ries.”

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