Chris Gascoyne lands £150k panto role
'Coronation Street' star Chris Gascoyne has landed a six-figure deal to star in a Christmas pantomime in his first role after quitting the soap
Chris Gascoyne has landed a six-figure deal to star in a Christmas pantomime.
The 'Coronation Street' actor will earn £150,000 for six weeks of work, reportedly more than he earns in a year on the soap, when he stars in a production of 'Jack and the Beanstalk' at Birmingham's Hippodrome later this year after leaving the hit ITV soap.
Chris - who plays cheating alcoholic Peter Barlow - will swap one bad boy role for another as he has been cast as villain Fleshcreep opposite Blue singer Duncan James and 'Loose Women' star Jane McDonald.
The 46-year-old actor's panto deal sees him follow in the footsteps of his on-screen rival Marc Baylis, who has landed a role as Prince Charming in 'Sleeping Beauty' in Bromley, Kent.
A soap source told The Sun newspaper: "There has been a fair bit of banter knocking around.
"It is a real coincidence that both he and Marc are doing panto as their first jobs after leaving the soap but everyone is pleased for them.
"The money is absolutely fantastic for panto and both Chris and Marc will be pocketing more than their annual salaries at 'Corrie' for just a few weeks' work."
Both Chris and Marc will leave 'Coronation Street' as the Tina McIntyre murder mystery comes to an end. While Marc's alter-ego Rob Donovan killed the beautiful barmaid, Peter - who had an affair with Tina - is currently the main suspect in the investigation.