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THE BBC pay controversy has thrown up an unusual scenario - a nurse is being paid more than a doctor in the world of TV dramas.

Despite the uproar over the gender pay gap, both are men - Casualty actor Derek Thompson is getting an even bigger salary than Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi.

Mr Thompson, 69, who has played nurse Charlie Fairhead in BBC One's Casualty since 1986, was the corporation's best-paid actor in 2016-2017, pocketing between £350,000 and £399,999. This put him joint-tenth in the overall pay ranks.

Mr Capaldi, 59, took home between £200,000 and £249,999 for his role, due to end in December.

Eastenders regulars Danny Dyer, 39, and Adam Woodyatt, 49, both earn between £200,000 and £249,000, while Gillian Taylforth's salary was in the £150,000 to £199,999 bracket.

Mr Thompson's Casualty co-star Amanda Mealing, 50, who as his weekday BBC1 morning duties, Walker's presenting stints have included Football Focus on Saturdays and the BBC's coverage of last summer's Olympic Games in Rio.

He later posted on Twitter: 'We do get paid the same for breakfast. I have 2 jobs - I do Football Focus too.'

Ms Minchin's only online comments were joking about her own slip of the tongue when remarking: 'Only one third of the women on that list are women.'

plays Connie Beauchamp in sister show Holby City as well, was revealed as the BBC's best-paid actress, on between £250,000 and £299,999.

Rosie Marcel, whose character Jac Naylor, 40, stars in Holby City, was in the £200,000-£249,999 bracket while Cathy Shipton, who plays Lisa 'Duffy' Duffin in Casualty, was paid between £150,000 and £199,999.

Casualty's average viewing figures are around 5million, while this year's Doctor Who episodes have varied between 4.64million and 2.89million, although the sci-fi show is among the global top five-earning shows for the corporation's commercial arm BBC Worldwide.

A special 50th anniversary in November 2013 was watched in 94 countries.

Yesterday's revelations come three days after the BBC said Mr Capaldi's successor would be Jodie Whittaker, the first woman to be cast as Doctor Who.

Caption: Healthy salary: Casualty's Derek Thompson was shown to be the BBC's highest paid actor

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