Google search spikes for Derek Thompson after he's named BBC high earner
Casualty stalwart Derek Thompson tops BBC’s drama and comedy pay list
Google searches for Northern Ireland born actor revealed as being among the BBC's highest earners peaked after the broadcaster revealed what it pays its stars.
Derek Thompson has played the character of Charlie Fairhead in BBC One medical drama Casualty since it began in 1986.
He is revealed as earning between £350,000-£399,999, the figures from the corporation’s annual report reveal.
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Following the release of the information at 11am on Wednesday, searches for the actor spiked with the majority of searches in Northern Ireland, Google reported.
Who the hell is Derek Thompson and how do I get his job.— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) July 19, 2017
Derek Thompson , Charlie from Casualty tops BBC highest paid actor list. Doesn't include actors with ind companies. pic.twitter.com/GniV3SCAwc— David Sillito BBC (@DavidSillitoBBC) July 19, 2017
Charlie Fairhead was BBC's top paid actor ?? Outstanding. Thirty years of brilliant service. Take a bow Derek Thompson #BBCpay— John Harrison (@Purfleetjohn) July 19, 2017