Claire Foy made less money than Matt Smith on 'The Crown'

Brenda Watkins
March 14, 2018

Producers of Netflix's fantastic, and fantastically expensive, drama series "The Crown" admitted they paid their Queen Elizabeth II less than their Prince Philip for the first two seasons.

But considering Foy's Queen Elizabeth is the anchor and driving force of the show, it's baffling that Smith would still be paid more than her in the second season.

Apparently, not even the queen is immune to the gender wage gap.

According to Mackie, the difference in Claire and Matt's pay was due to Matt's star power before appearing on The Crown.

After series one, she triumphed in the Best Actress category at the 2017 Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards. Smith, 35, was not similarly honored. As noted above, Smith was paid more because of his preexisting fame from playing The Doctor in Doctor Who-a role that has famously never been played by a woman until a year ago, when Jodie Whitaker was cast as the first-ever female Doctor.

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Earlier this year actress Michelle Williams was paid a fraction of what her All The Money In The World co-star Mark Wahlberg earned for the movie's reshoots.

But, "going forward, no one gets paid more than the queen", creative director Suzanne Mackie said.

Foy, however, will not be reprising her role as Queen Elizabeth. Prince Philip will also be played by a different actor.

Meanwhile, Netflix declined to comment on the salary disparity, while Foy and Smith's publicists are yet to comment at all. "I think we were the first television series ever to change cast and continue, and we will change cast twice". She was the show, and became a star after her work in Season 1.

In light of this, Wahlberg ended up donating his salary to the Time's Up movement.

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