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Belfast born Derek Thompson named BBC's highest paid actor

Belfast born star Derek Thompson has been named the BBC's highest paid actor.

Thompson, who plays Charlie Fairhead in medical drama Casualty is the top earner in the scripted TV (drama and comedy) category, ranking above stars such as Danny Dyer and Peter Capaldi.

Figures from the BBC's annual report reveal Thompson earns between £350,000-£399,999.

He has played the iconic character since Casualty's inception in 1986.

Meanwhile, Casualty and Holby City star Amanda Mealing was revealed to be the BBC's top earning actress, in the bracket of £250,000-£299,999.

Dyer, who has played EastEnders pub landlord Mick Carter since 2013, ranks in the same salary band as Capaldi of £200,000-£249,999.

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EastEnders' star Danny Dyer. Photographer: Kieron McCarron

Also listed in the same band as Dyer and Capaldi is EastEnders stalwart Adam Woodyatt, known for playing Ian Beale.

Only Fools And Horses star Sir David Jason, Silent Witness actress Emilia Fox and Holby City's Rosie Marcel also fall in the same bracket of £200,000-£249,999.

EastEnders stars Lacey Turner, Scott Maslen, Gillian Taylforth and Tameka Empson are ranked in the £150,000-£199,999 bracket.

They are joined by their soap co-stars Laurie Brett, who plays Jane Beale in the soap and starred in BBC drama Waterloo during a break from the soap, and Letitia Dean, who has played Sharon Watts on and off over the years.

Actress June Brown, 90, famous for her portrayal of EastEnders favourite Dot Cotton, is not listed in the pay rankings.

DJ Chris Evans topped the high-earners list on Wednesday with a salary of over £2 million.

Strictly Come Dancing presenter Claudia Winkleman was the corporation's top earning female with £450,000 - £499,999.

She falls into the Multi-Genre salary band, which means she has drawn earnings from various BBC programmes and not just from her work on Strictly. She also presents a weekly show on BBC Radio 2.

Winkleman's co-host, Tess Daly, is listed in the TV Non-Scripted (Factual and Entertainment) category as earning between £350,000 - £399,999.

Irish presenter Graham Norton is listed as between £850,000 and £899,999 - but as the list only includes cash from licence fee payers, that does not include his chat show, for which the BBC pays an independent production company, which in turn pays his salary.

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Irish star Graham Norton earned £850k-£899k. John Stillwell/PA Wire

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