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

Outrage The Crown's Claire Foy earned less than her male co-star Matt Smith it has been revealed

Outrage The Crown's Claire Foy earned less than her male co-star Matt Smith it has been revealed

The executive producers of The Crown, Netflix's gilded drama about the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II, told an audience at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem that Claire Foy, who portrays the queen herself, was paid less for her work on the series than Matt Smith, who plays Prince Philip on the show.

The pay difference was due to Smith coming into the show after a six-year stint as Doctor Who on television, the producers said. "Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen", Mackie said.

That's the correct response, but Foy is no longer the Queen wearing the titular crown, so it's not like it does her much good. Foy and Smith will be replaced in upcoming seasons of The Crown as it follows the lives of Queen Elizabeth and the royal family chronologically. That was a bigger draw for me, at least, to see Foy take her turn as yet another British Queen. "Broadchurch" alum Olivia Coleman will play the queen, and Smith's replacement has yet to be named. She took home the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama in 2017 for her role. Yet she still got a smaller paycheck than him for the second season, which earned her another Golden Globe nod.

While the series will lose Foy and Smith, they've picked up Helena Bonham Carter to play Princess Margaret.

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Salary parity has become a larger part of the conversation as the Time's Up movement continues to gather steam, emboldening women to speak up about subjects, like money, that were once considered taboo.

Michelle Williams, billed as the film's lead actress, earned a fraction of what co-star Mark Wahlberg did for reshoots.

While the producers vowed to pay the their leading lady more in the future, Foy will not be the one to benefit from the change. USA Today reported that Williams earned just $80 a day, adding up to less than $1,000, while Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million total.

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