Saturday, 22 September, 2018

The Crown's Queen Claire Foy Reportedly Paid Less Than Co-Star Matt Smith

Claire Foy who starred as Queen Elizabeth II on Netflix's Claire Foy who starred as Queen Elizabeth II on Netflix's"The Crown" was paid less than her male co-star Matt Smith
Glenn Montgomery | 15 March, 2018, 06:19

"Going forward, no-one gets paid more than the queen", Variety quoted Ms Mackie as saying.

The Crown lead actress Claire Foy was paid less than her male co-star Matt Smith, producers of the show have confirmed.

They said he made more (they didn't say how much) thanks to his Doctor Who fame: He was one of a dozen actors who have played the Doctor on the venerable British sci-fi series, for which he won multiple British nominations and awards.

It's hard to imagine the queen taking a pay cut, but that's exactly what went down on the initial two seasons of Netflix's The Crown. Smith did not receive any award season recognition for his work as Prince Philip. Sure, we've got a female Doctor now, but when Matt Smith was cast, Dr Who had essentially been a long-running sausage-fest.

The Crown's Claire Foy was paid less than her co-star Matt Smith

Unfortunately for Foy, she won't be the one paid more. So it makes the decision to pay her less than Matt likely all the more confusing. For its next two seasons, the roles have been recast with older actors.

Speaking to the Guardian before the launch of "The Crown's" second season, Foy described her frustration over cultural norms for women and expressed her desire to confront them through her work.

At this time, representatives for Foy and Smith have not commented while Netflix declined to address the shocking pay discrepancy. "The Crown is one of the most expensive television series with the production house spending around Dollars 7 million per episode for its two seasons".

Neither Foy nor Smith will appear in the third series, which will star Olivia Colman as the middle-aged monarch. In 2017, Emma Stone topped the best-paid actress list with $26 million, while Mark Wahlberg was the highest paid man with $68 million in estimated annual earnings.

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