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Claire Foy Was Paid Less Than Matt Smith for 'The Crown'

14 March 2018, 09:18 | Erica Roy

Claire Foy Was Paid Less Than Matt Smith for 'The Crown'

Claire Foy and The Queen

While Smith certainly had more star power when he was cast - having previously starred in United Kingdom series Doctor Who - Foy's quickly rose over the span of the first season.

Foy, 33, was already making a name for herself in British costume drama, with roles in "Upstairs Downstairs" and "Wolf Hall", when she was tapped to play the queen.

The creators of Netflix production The Crown have admitted that Claire Foy, who played Queen Elizabeth II, was paid less than Matt Smith, who played her husband the Duke of Edinburgh.

Referring to Netflix producers Suzanne Mackie and Andy Harries revealing Claire Foy's pay gap, she added: "The 'lesser known" may carry the show, work longer hours (list goes on); this system invariably affects women more than men. So it makes the decision to pay her less than Matt likely all the more confusing. Smith was nominated twice, with Foy, for Screen Actors Guild awards for performance in an ensemble for The Crown.

This will come as a huge shock for fans of the show as Foy has been nominated for and won countless roles for her fantastic acting as the Queen. Smith joined "The Crown", where he played Prince Philip for two seasons after featuring for three seasons on "Doctor Who" as the protagonist.


However, they also pledged to rectify the pay gap for future seasons.

According to Variety, Foy earned $40,000 per episode with Smith's salary remaining undisclosed but definitely higher.

The Crown is one of the most expensive television shows ever produced, costing a reported $130 million (all figures US) for the first season.

It comes at a time when pay equality is being highlighted in Hollywood.

In January, there was controversy after reports surfaced that Michelle Williams received less than 1% of Mark Wahlberg's paycheck for reshoots on their film, "All the Money in the World".



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