Packed to the Rafters star secures major payday

Penny Burfitt
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
The Packed to the Rafters stars have plenty to smile about with the reboot landing them hot pay packets. Photo: Seven

The Packed to the Rafters reunion has fans rejoicing all over the country, but it looks like it’s the cast members who have the most to be smiling about.

New reports suggest the beloved Aussie lineup will be pocketing double, or triple their former salaries.

Rebecca Gibney’s big pay packet

Rebecca Gibney is said to be leading the pack, with the actress returning in her role as Julie Rafter and adding executive producer to her credits list, according to Woman’s Day.

Rebecca Gibney will reportedly take home over $300k for the reboot. Photo: Getty Images

An anonymous source let slip the pay packet to the magazine, claiming that the Gold Logie winner’s careful negotiation is behind the impressive jump in payment.

The actress will apparently pocket over $300,000, a significant step up from the rumoured $100,000 the lead star was taking home when the series wrapped in 2013.

Other cast members will reportedly pocket double their original salaries, the source also claimed, though Seven has not yet responded to requests for comment.

Reboot ‘Back to the Rafters’ announced by Amazon Prime for 2020

Amazon prime announced the reboot for 2020. Photo: Amazon

The reboot of the beloved drama comes with a clever twist on the original title, with Back to the Rafters the working title.

The beloved soap’s return was confirmed by Amazon Prime in early December, and will be the streaming platform’s first scripted Aussie series.

The sweet payday is the latest news around the return, which will reportedly feature a majority of the original cast.

Rebecca will be joined by Erik Thomson (Dave Rafter), Jessica Marais (Rachel Rafter), Hugh Sheridan (Ben Rafter), Angus McLaren (Nathan Rafter), Michael Caton (Ted Taylor) and George Houvardas (Nick “Carbo” Karandonis).

The series will reportedly pick up six years after the series’ last episode, with Julie and Dave navigating life in the country with Ruby, while the older kids stumble through life as adults fending for themselves.

Production will kick off in Sydney in 2020.

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