Actresses over 40 ”work less and earn less” than male counterparts

January 28th, 2009 - 2:02 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Jan 28 (ANI): After reaching the age of 40, opportunities for actresses tend to peter out, according to new research.

According to a survey conducted by the International Federation of Actors, in conjunction with the actors” union Equity, actresses in middle age work less and earn less than their male counterparts.

The study identified “longstanding issues of employment disadvantage for older women performers”.

Of the 2,000 respondents, four per cent of men earned 60,000 pounds or more, compared to only 0.1 per cent of women, reports the Telegraph.

Seventy percent of women saw their age as a disadvantage, while only 15 per cent of men felt the same. One in five men said they worked regularly in
a wide choice of roles, compared to one in 10 women, the study found.

One anonymous actress told researchers: “Women seem to disappear after 40, to reappear as grandmothers at about 65 - all parts played by Judi Dench and Helen Mirren excepted.”

A fellow actress said she dreaded being asked her age by casting directors: “I still look young but if they know how old I am it is a different story.”

Another complained: “It’’s very disheartening that men in their 40s often get juicy supporting roles and women become almost invisible except as mums and occasionally doctors and teachers. Women are doing a wider variety of jobs and at higher levels than ever before. Why isn”t this represented on the big and small screen?” (ANI)

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