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

13 March 2018, 11:54 | Myron Mathis

Outrage: Netflix paid The Crown's Queen Elizabeth Claire Foy LESS than Prince Philip star Matt Smith during BOTH seasons

Netflix's The Crown Paid Queen Elizabeth Less Than Prince Philip

Mackie acknowledged that Smith's experience on Doctor Who fueled the salary disparity.

The makers of the Netflix drama, speaking at a television conference in Jerusalem yesterday, claimed Smith was paid more because he was better known when the series was cast. The period drama's unusual structure calls for an entirely different set of actors every two seasons. However, Foy became a big-time star in her own right during the first season of The Crown, earning a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actor's Guild Award, both for best actress.

According to Variety, on Tuesday, the show's producers said at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem that Foy, who won a Golden Globe for her work on the show a year ago, made less money than her on-screen husband, actor Matt Smith.

The cast will change for season three of The Crown to allow for the fact the royals are getting older. "Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen", she said.

They said from now on, no actor on the show will make more than the Queen.

According to Variety, producers Suzanne Mackie and Andy Harries said they wish to rectify that pay gap in the future.

There has been no official confirmation yet about who will be playing Prince Phillip, who has been played by Matt Smith for the last two seasons.

"The Crown" follows the life of Queen Elizabeth II, who wears the titular crown. She was nominated for an Emmy and won a Golden Globe for her performance in the first season, arguably placing her at the same level of fame as (if not higher than) Smith.

When The Crown premiered in 2016, Smith was the more recognizable star thanks to his 2010-2013 tenure as the 11th Doctor on Doctor Who.

Except that won't include Foy, because she will not be coming back to play Elizabeth II due to the time jump, and she'll be replaced by Olivia Colman. Her turn in BBC's Wolf Hall earned her a BAFTA nomination, and the series as a whole was a massive critical and commercial success.

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