Claire Foy was paid less than co-star Matt Smith for Netflix’s ‘The Crown’

Starring Claire Foy, who plays the role of Queen Elizabeth II, and Matt Smith, who plays the role of Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, attend the premiere of “The Crown” Season 2 in London, Britain, 21 November 2017.


Oh, dear: Even the Queen of England has trouble with getting paid as much as her male counterpart.

“The Crown” stars Claire Foy was paid less than her male co-star Matt Smith for the show’s first two seasons, the producers of the Netflix period drama, revealed at a panel at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem on Tuesday. Foy stars as Queen Elizabeth II, taking home a Golden Globe for her performance and clearly garnering more screentime than Smith, who plays the role of Elizabeth’s husband, Prince Philip. So what????

Producers point to Smith as the lead in “Doctor Who” — he played the sci-fi hit of the Eleventh Doctor’s 2010-2014 — if the reason more for him than Foy. But He was hardly an unknown self originated in “The Crown”: She co-starred in the NBC pirate drama “Crossbones” and played Anne Boleyn alongside Damian Lewis and Mark Rylance in PBS’ acclaimed Henry VIII miniseries “Wolf Hall.”

This kind of shameful pay discrepancy will not happen again, producer Suzanne Mackie assured of the panel to the audience: “Go forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen.” But Foy is not around to enjoy it. From next season, a new cast will be playing “The Crown” lead characters, with Olivia Colman to take over for Foy as Queen Elizabeth.

This story was previously published in the New York Post.

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