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Monday, 12 November, 2001, 14:58 GMT
Wanamaker 'insulted' by Potter pay
Harry Potter actress ZoŽ Wanamaker
Teachers' pay row: Wanamaker plays Madam Hooch
Harry Potter actress ZoŽ Wanamaker has reportedly said Warner Brothers will have to pay her more if the Hollywood studio wants her to appear in a second Potter film.

Wanamaker plays Hogwarts schoolteacher Madam Hooch in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

She told the Daily Telegraph that Warner Brothers, which made the film, is "notoriously mean", and has underpaid the mainly British cast.

The 52-year-old daughter of the late director Sam Wanamaker says: "I don't think any of the actors have done well out of it.


"Some actors signed three-film deals, but the money was so poor I was insulted so I just signed for one.

"If they want me for a second, they'll have to up their rates."

The actress did not give details of how much she was paid for her work on the film.

Wanamaker played one of the doomed twins in the BBC's Gormenghast

But she revealed that the figure was less than she had earned for appearing in BBC Two's adaptation of Mervyn Peake's fantasy trilogy Gormenghast, which led the channel's 1999-2000 winter season.

The UK actors' union, Equity, does not have a deal with studios guaranteeing members royalties and merchandising money.

This means the actors will receive nothing from the sale of Harry Potter spin-off products this Christmas - even though their images are being used in promotions.

However, at least one of the cast stands to do very well from the film.

Veteran actor Richard Harris, who plays Hogwarts headmaster Dumbledore, has a profit-sharing deal, according to the Telegraph.

The 71-year-old tells the newspaper: "They kept offering me the role, and the more I turned them down, the more money they offered me."

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