Actress says British TV industry pays so little she shops at value supermarket

Echo: Hermione Norris Hermione Norris

ACTRESS Hermione Norris says working in the British TV industry pays so little that she does her shopping in the Asda budget section.

The former Spooks star, who grew up in Southend, was reported to have earned £75,000 per episode for the final series of Cold Feet on ITV in 2003. But apparently times are now harder.

She told the latest edition of Reader’s Digest: “It’s quite a different industry now and the money has gone down hugely. So there’s still quite a bit of Asda Smart Price going on in my life.

“I certainly don’t squander cash lightly. I think, perhaps, if you work in America, the fees are still very good. But my life is here and I love British drama.”

She added: “And, you know, there’s part of me that would rather eat beans than find myself working in something that I didn’t believe in.”

Hermione, who also starred in Kingdom, now lives in West London with her husband writer and producer Simon Wheeler and their two children.

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12:00pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

Someone ought to tell her to check out Aldi and Lidl
Someone ought to tell her to check out Aldi and Lidl Howard Cháse
  • Score: 24

12:07pm Fri 14 Mar 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

what a load of old b****ks.
what a load of old b****ks. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 23

12:42pm Fri 14 Mar 14

BarryTanner says...

Look on the positive side, Hermione.....what valuable experience it will be mixing with the hoi-polloi in Asda if you ever get offered a part as dead tart in Silent Witness or some other such pile.
Just out of interest what do people expect to get paid for poncing around in front of a TV camera?
Look on the positive side, Hermione.....what valuable experience it will be mixing with the hoi-polloi in Asda if you ever get offered a part as dead tart in Silent Witness or some other such pile. Just out of interest what do people expect to get paid for poncing around in front of a TV camera? BarryTanner
  • Score: 30

12:49pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

BarryTanner wrote:
Look on the positive side, Hermione.....what valuable experience it will be mixing with the hoi-polloi in Asda if you ever get offered a part as dead tart in Silent Witness or some other such pile.
Just out of interest what do people expect to get paid for poncing around in front of a TV camera?
Ask Jonathon Ross and Graham Norton for a sub.....
[quote][p][bold]BarryTanner[/bold] wrote: Look on the positive side, Hermione.....what valuable experience it will be mixing with the hoi-polloi in Asda if you ever get offered a part as dead tart in Silent Witness or some other such pile. Just out of interest what do people expect to get paid for poncing around in front of a TV camera?[/p][/quote]Ask Jonathon Ross and Graham Norton for a sub..... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 9

1:11pm Fri 14 Mar 14

RoccoWestcliff says...

Try moving out of expensive West London
Try moving out of expensive West London RoccoWestcliff
  • Score: 14

1:44pm Fri 14 Mar 14

TheaWells says...

WTF? What a stupid story... we ALL have to shop value nowadays.
WTF? What a stupid story... we ALL have to shop value nowadays. TheaWells
  • Score: 21

3:00pm Fri 14 Mar 14

the citizen says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
BarryTanner wrote:
Look on the positive side, Hermione.....what valuable experience it will be mixing with the hoi-polloi in Asda if you ever get offered a part as dead tart in Silent Witness or some other such pile.
Just out of interest what do people expect to get paid for poncing around in front of a TV camera?
Ask Jonathon Ross and Graham Norton for a sub.....
A sub? Mine's an Italian B.M.T on a 9 grain wheat bread......thanks.
Seriously though...who thought this was a story worth reporting? All it does is highlight a poor 'luvvie' having to stop going to Waitrose...I don't think she will get much sympathy, judging from the other posters here.
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BarryTanner[/bold] wrote: Look on the positive side, Hermione.....what valuable experience it will be mixing with the hoi-polloi in Asda if you ever get offered a part as dead tart in Silent Witness or some other such pile. Just out of interest what do people expect to get paid for poncing around in front of a TV camera?[/p][/quote]Ask Jonathon Ross and Graham Norton for a sub.....[/p][/quote]A sub? Mine's an Italian B.M.T on a 9 grain wheat bread......thanks. Seriously though...who thought this was a story worth reporting? All it does is highlight a poor 'luvvie' having to stop going to Waitrose...I don't think she will get much sympathy, judging from the other posters here. the citizen
  • Score: 12

5:07pm Fri 14 Mar 14

John Bull 40 says...

Try going down a coal mine, or doing a real job for a change.
Try going down a coal mine, or doing a real job for a change. John Bull 40
  • Score: 9

6:09pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Nelly99 says...

Oh Perlease!. T.V pays better than anything and if you go into acting you know the risks. No sympathy here AND what is wrong with Asda? They provide everything you could want for a healthy lifestyle.What you buy is up to you.
Oh Perlease!. T.V pays better than anything and if you go into acting you know the risks. No sympathy here AND what is wrong with Asda? They provide everything you could want for a healthy lifestyle.What you buy is up to you. Nelly99
  • Score: 7

6:26pm Fri 14 Mar 14

ThisYear says...

"To be or not to be" an actress.
"To be or not to be" an actress. ThisYear
  • Score: 4

6:43pm Fri 14 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Don't put all your eggs, in one basket...
Don't put all your eggs, in one basket... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 2

9:43pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Nebs says...

Time for a strong talk with your agent.
Time for a strong talk with your agent. Nebs
  • Score: 3

12:56pm Sat 15 Mar 14

beejiu says...

Only £75,000 per episode. She's in at least 36 episodes of Spooks. God knows how many other things she is in. What is she spending it on?
Only £75,000 per episode. She's in at least 36 episodes of Spooks. God knows how many other things she is in. What is she spending it on? beejiu
  • Score: 7

9:08am Sun 16 Mar 14

No1 Shoplifter says...

TheaWells wrote:
WTF? What a stupid story... we ALL have to shop value nowadays.
No such thing for me. I still buy expensive stuff. Well not entirely true, I shoplift expensive stuff. When your a shoplifter you can have pick of the bunch!
[quote][p][bold]TheaWells[/bold] wrote: WTF? What a stupid story... we ALL have to shop value nowadays.[/p][/quote]No such thing for me. I still buy expensive stuff. Well not entirely true, I shoplift expensive stuff. When your a shoplifter you can have pick of the bunch! No1 Shoplifter
  • Score: -5

11:28am Sun 16 Mar 14

stopmoaning1 says...

beejiu wrote:
Only £75,000 per episode. She's in at least 36 episodes of Spooks. God knows how many other things she is in. What is she spending it on?
The £75,000 per episode was for the last series of Cold Feet.
Spooks obviously didn't pay that much which is the point of the story
[quote][p][bold]beejiu[/bold] wrote: Only £75,000 per episode. She's in at least 36 episodes of Spooks. God knows how many other things she is in. What is she spending it on?[/p][/quote]The £75,000 per episode was for the last series of Cold Feet. Spooks obviously didn't pay that much which is the point of the story stopmoaning1
  • Score: -3

11:45am Sun 16 Mar 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

stopmoaning1 wrote:
beejiu wrote:
Only £75,000 per episode. She's in at least 36 episodes of Spooks. God knows how many other things she is in. What is she spending it on?
The £75,000 per episode was for the last series of Cold Feet.
Spooks obviously didn't pay that much which is the point of the story
Don't forget royalty's and 'appearances' maybe got a few fingers in pies too.(and not Tesco Value ones)
should bag a role in Deadenders, regular money.
[quote][p][bold]stopmoaning1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]beejiu[/bold] wrote: Only £75,000 per episode. She's in at least 36 episodes of Spooks. God knows how many other things she is in. What is she spending it on?[/p][/quote]The £75,000 per episode was for the last series of Cold Feet. Spooks obviously didn't pay that much which is the point of the story[/p][/quote]Don't forget royalty's and 'appearances' maybe got a few fingers in pies too.(and not Tesco Value ones) should bag a role in Deadenders, regular money. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 0

2:54pm Sun 16 Mar 14

sosad 1 says...

is this a wind up !
is this a wind up ! sosad 1
  • Score: 2

4:58pm Mon 17 Mar 14

John Bull 40 says...

No1 Shoplifter wrote:
TheaWells wrote:
WTF? What a stupid story... we ALL have to shop value nowadays.
No such thing for me. I still buy expensive stuff. Well not entirely true, I shoplift expensive stuff. When your a shoplifter you can have pick of the bunch!
I suppose you lift expensive makeup for your face. You are a clown
I believe are you not ?
[quote][p][bold]No1 Shoplifter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TheaWells[/bold] wrote: WTF? What a stupid story... we ALL have to shop value nowadays.[/p][/quote]No such thing for me. I still buy expensive stuff. Well not entirely true, I shoplift expensive stuff. When your a shoplifter you can have pick of the bunch![/p][/quote]I suppose you lift expensive makeup for your face. You are a clown I believe are you not ? John Bull 40
  • Score: 0

6:18am Tue 18 Mar 14

TrevorO says...

This reminds of when the Founder of Moshi Monsters - Michael Action Smith - said he started the company with his "last bit of money" to start the company - that was one million dollars!

When I heard him say the last bit of money I thought he meant a 100 pounds or a 1000 pounds. Then in a later interview he quantified the last "bit" as a million dollars.

75k an episode? I wonder what is the last bit of money to her? Maybe two million pounds?
This reminds of when the Founder of Moshi Monsters - Michael Action Smith - said he started the company with his "last bit of money" to start the company - that was one million dollars! When I heard him say the last bit of money I thought he meant a 100 pounds or a 1000 pounds. Then in a later interview he quantified the last "bit" as a million dollars. 75k an episode? I wonder what is the last bit of money to her? Maybe two million pounds? TrevorO
  • Score: 0

6:19am Tue 18 Mar 14

TrevorO says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Someone ought to tell her to check out Aldi and Lidl
True, she might need to buy the stores as an investment.
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: Someone ought to tell her to check out Aldi and Lidl[/p][/quote]True, she might need to buy the stores as an investment. TrevorO
  • Score: 0

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