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Former soap stars cashing in on personal appearances

ShowbizBy Sunday World
Former soap stars cashing in on personal appearances

Former soap stars are making up to four times the amount of current cast-members for personal appearances.

Todd Carty - who played Mark Fowler in 'EastEnders' from 1990 to 2003 - is charging up to £10,000 while the BBC One soap's longest serving star Adam Woodyatt (Ian Beale) only makes between £2,500 and £5,000 per appearance, The Sun newspaper reports.

Other former stars of the east London-based soap including Tamzin Outhwaite and Ross Kemp - who played Melanie Owen and Grant Mitchell respectively - would cost in the region of £15,000.

Zoe Lucker - who previously starred in both 'EastEnders' and 'Footballers' Wives' and now plays Reenie McQueen in 'Hollyoaks' - charges between £6,000 and £10,000 to make an appearance at events.

Meanwhile, former 'Coronation Street' actor Kevin Kennedy - who played the ITV soap's much-loved Curly Watts for two decades - charges up to £2,500 while Danny Baldwin star Bradley Walsh can make as much as £25,000 per appearance.

Craig Charles - who announced earlier this year that he is quitting his role as Lloyd Mullaney - will pull in around £10,000 for his services once he leaves the cobbles.

However, it's not just former soap stars who are lining their pockets outside of their day jobs.

'Strictly Come Dancing' judges Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman charge £25,000 and £15,000 respectively to attend events.

And the magician Paul Daniels receives up to £10,000 while boxing legend Frank Bruno would set planners back £5,000, according to the celebrity booking agency NMP Live.