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CORONATION Street actress Julie Goodyear isn't getting paid a penny after signing off sick.

The 60-year-old self-styled Queen of the Street, who returned on a pounds 170,000 one-year contract to play Bet Lynch, lasted just two weeks before she collapsed with exhaustion.

Normally stars are paid while off sick with a doctor's note. But the actress's new Granada contract classes her as self- employed which means she only gets paid if she turns up for work.

A friend said last night: "Everyone's trying to make out Julie flounced out when she didn't get treated like a star.

"Nothing could be further from the truth. The doctor took one look at her and ordered her to take a complete rest. Julie is self-employed and it's in her interest to get back to work because she won't get paid a penny until she does.

"Julie does not want to let anyone down. She is not swinging the lead.

"She has had hundreds of letters of support from viewers who loved seeing her on the Street. It's her spiritual home."


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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 23, 2002
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