Coronation Street stars cash in on Instagram ads making thousands as they quit the soap

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CORONATION Street stars are earning thousands from Instagram ads after quitting the cobbles.

With a slew of high profile exits coming for the soap the likes of actresses Kym Marsh and Katie McGlynn, ex soap stars have been able to cash in on their social media followings for a quick pay day.

Katie has been able to cash in by promoting a vegan lip gloss

Kym is one of the more popular actors leaving the soap and wanted by businesses

Katie – who played Sinead Tinker in the soap until the character’s tragic death last month from cancer – is currently hosting adverts for a vegan lip gloss brand on her Instagram that has 263,000 followers, which experts say she could have made thousands from.

Kym meanwhile has shared posts about furniture brands and gas companies on her own social media since revealing she was quitting the soap.

Actress Lucy Fallon will be a big draw for companies when she leaves the cobbles next year with her 460,000 followers.

A showbiz insider said: “Coming off the biggest soap in the country with huge social followings they are a dream to companies wanting to reach viewers without spending major amounts on advertising.

“Stars can commanded hundreds of pounds for a quick Instagram story if they’re smart.

Lucy Fallon is high on the list of agencies wanting her to use her social media following to promote products

Lucy will leave the soap as Bethany next year
Katie’s character Sinead died last month

“They could make thousands a month just from some bigger posts.”

The Sun Online understands that there is no blanket ban on actors advertising products but they must seek permission from the show beforehand.

Last month Jack P Shepherd, who isn’t leaving the cobbles, was dressed down by bosses for his promoting a hair transplant clinic on his social media.

A source said: Jack got a real dressing down and was told not to repeat his behaviour. It was a very serious breach and he was left in no uncertain terms that he had overstepped the mark.

“He was told he was being fined and the figure was a couple of thousand pounds.”

In 2013 stars of the show were snared in a sting investigation by Channel 4’s Dispatches in 2013.

It saw some actors on the show endorsing fake products on Twitter and led to a legal battle between ITV and Channel 4.

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