Claire Foy was paid less than Matt Smith for 'The Crown'

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Even Queen Elizabeth herself, the human embodiment of poise and restraint, would likely find herself angry to discover that the actress who plays her on Netflix's The Crown earned less than her male counterpart during the first two seasons of the critically-acclaimed period drama.

Claire Foy blew critics and audiences away with her turn as Queen Elizabeth on Netflix's expensive royal drama The Crown. "Who" on television - one of Britain's most popular shows, the producers said.

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 previous year, made less money than her on-screen husband, actor Matt Smith.


Producers Suzanne Mackie, Andy Harries and Martin Childs acknowledged the pay disparity at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem, noting that Foy made less than Smith, who plays Prince Philip, despite the fact that she's the star of the Netflix drama, Variety reports.

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

The gender wage gap has been a trending topic of conversation in entertainment circles dating back to the Sony hacks, when it was revealed that Jennifer Lawrence was paid significantly less than her American Hustle male co-stars; the roiling #MeToo revolution and Time's Up initiative have put it squarely back into the spotlight over the past year.


She only portrayed Queen Elizabeth for two seasons of "The Crown". Recasting for the role of Prince Philip hasn't yet been announced. She was nominated for an Emmy for her role in 2017.

To be fair, Smith also received many award nominations for his work on the show, though it wasn't as resonant a performance as it was for Foy.

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. "I think we were the first television series ever to change cast and continue, and we will change cast twice".


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