Prominent actors join the strike line as they strike in solidarity with US colleagues

IT’S LIGHT, camera, industrial action for British film stars picketing.

Members of actors’ union Equity demonstrated yesterday in Leicester Square, London, in solidarity with their striking US counterparts.

From left: Andy Serkis, David Oyelowo, Hayley Atwell, Rob Delaney, Brian Cox, Simon Pegg, Golda Rosheuvel, Jim Carter and Imelda Staunton

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From left: Andy Serkis, David Oyelowo, Hayley Atwell, Rob Delaney, Brian Cox, Simon Pegg, Golda Rosheuvel, Jim Carter and Imelda StauntonPhoto credit: PA

Mission Impossible stars Simon Pegg, 53, Hayley Atwell, 41, and Rob Delaney, 46, have been leading the campaign to team up with their Hollywood friends in the US.

The film industry came to a standstill this month after negotiations between the Screen Actors Guild union and streaming services collapsed.

Other famous faces in central London included Brian Cox, 77, Andy Serkis, 59, and Imelda Staunton, 67.

Star Successor Cox warned the crowd that if their wages are not increased, high-profile Hollywood stars may not have enough money to pay for their healthcare.

He added: “We’re at the thin end of a really terrible wedge.

“SAG is an excellent union, but in the US we don’t have a national health service, so health is important to SAG actors and they need it.

“That’s why they need their leftovers.”

The actors were also joined by picket regulars including Labor MP John McDonnell, Bectu leader Philippa Childs and Eddie Dempsey of the rail union.

Emma James

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