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Corrie cast's 'generous new deals'

Some of Coronation Street's biggest characters are said to have been given hefty new pay packets.

Kate, who plays scheming Tracy Barlow, and Beverly, who portrays loud landlady Liz McDonald, have both been involved in high-profile storylines on the ITV series recently.

The popularity of recent goings-on on the cobbles helped the show scoop best soap at this year's BAFTA Television Awards.

And it seems in the wake of Corrie favourites Alison King, who plays knicker factory boss Carla Connor, and Craig Charles, who plays cabbie Lloyd Mullaney, revealing their exit plans, bosses are keen not to lose any more characters.

“With so many cast members quitting recently, the bosses have been panicking that others may follow in their footsteps.

“They can’t afford to lose any more favourites, so they have wasted no time handing out these new contracts, some of which are very generous," an insider told British newspaper The Sun.

Other characters reportedly being coerced to stay on the street include Alan Halsall, who plays loveable Tyrone Dobbs, Jimmi Harkishin (Dev Alahan) and Antony Cotton (Sean Tully).

Debbie Rush, who portrays Anna Windass, and her on-screen son Gary, played by Mikey North, have also apparently been given new contracts.

Newbies Tisha Merry (Steph Britton), Oliver Farnworth (Andy Carver) and Daniel Brocklebank (Billy Mayhew) have been a hit with audiences and will be on the soap for another year.

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