Craig Gazey gets Corrie pay rise
'Coronation Street' butcher Craig Gazey is to stay on the soap following a £60,000 a year pay increase
'Coronation Street' star Craig Gazey has gained a huge pay deal to stay on the show.
The 28-year-old actor - who plays butcher Graeme Procor in the ITV1 soap - told bosses he was keen to leave and pursue a career in theatre, but was convinced to stay with the promise of more storylines and a big salary increase to £150,000 a year, up from £90,000.
An insider told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Craig is a highly valued member of the team, but it was touch and go as to whether he stayed.
"Craig's desire to leave was genuine. He wanted to branch out and do more theatre, especially Shakespeare, to broaden his range of acting experience.
"But 'Corrie' were determined to keep him. They consider him one of their shining stars and they can be very persuasive.
"They said his character Graeme would become one of the main players and promised some bumper stories. Craig admired their enthusiasm and vision and quickly signed on the dotted line. Everyone is thrilled he's committed to the show."
In addition to an increase in screen time for Graeme, his on-screen girlfriend Tina McIntyre (Michelle Keegan), will also be seen more on the show.
Their story will include the return of Jack Duckworth's grandson Tommy, set to be played by former 'Hollyoaks' star Chris Fountain.