Samantha Janus, the latest star to join the EastEnders cast, has reportedly signed a £450,000 deal with the BBC.

PA reports that she is getting the cash for a two-year deal to feature in the soap, with an option to continue for a third.

Sam is set to play Mitchell cousin Ronnie, who pops up in Walford, alongside her sister Roxy (played by Rita Simons) when Phil ties the knot.

The pay cheque may seem massive to the public, but the Mitchells are one of the highest-paid families in soap.

Barbara Windsor, better known as feisty landlady Peggy, Ross Kemp, who played Grant, and Steve McFadden made the equivalent of £360,000 a year.

Plus, veteran actress June Brown – aka long-suffering Dot Cotton – is also sitting pretty on a tidy wage of £370,000.

Recently, Adam Woodyatt signed a contract rumoured to be worth more than £300,000.

Although these figures seem extraordinary, it’s a similar story over in Coronation Street. In 2003, former star Mike Baldwin, played by actor Johnny Briggs, and Liz Dawn, whose alter ego Vera Duckworth is one of the show’s most enduring figures, were both said to be getting paid £1,600 an episode.

An EastEnders spokeswoman said: “We never discuss contracts.”