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

Matt Smith and Claire Foy star in Netflix's 'The Crown.'

British actress Claire Foy, who starred as a young Queen Elizabeth in the critically acclaimed Netflix series "The Crown", was paid less than her co-star, Matt Smith, according to the television show's producers. They cited Smith's previous starring role in Doctor Who as justification for the higher rate, but apparently didn't specify the actors' actual salaries.

Foy, however, will not be reprising her role as Queen Elizabeth.

The Crown's salary news is just the latest instance of Hollywood's egregious wage gap. However, Foy became a big-time star in her own right during the first season of The Crown, earning a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actor's Guild Award, both for best actress. During the interview, "The Crown" producers said that Matt Smith, who played Prince Philip, was paid more than Claire Foy, who played Queen Elizabeth, due to his existing fame playing "Doctor Who". Foy not getting equal pay on a show where her character and Smith's are constantly fighting about him feeling emasculated by her power is so deliciously poetic I could nearly laugh. Most recently, it was revealed that Michelle Williams made virtually nothing in comparison with her "All the Money in the World costar Mark Wahlberg, despite their near-equal star status".

Smith also earned numerous award nominations for his portrayal, but did not win a major gong.

Foy, however, won't get the benefit of a pay raise.

Suzanne Mackie, creative director of Left Bank Pictures, which produced the Netflix series, added: "Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen".

Oh, dear: Even the Queen of England has difficulty getting paid as much as her male counterpart. Now, I could have accepted this sort of thing in the first season, begrudgingly, but by season two, there should have been some sort of pay bump for Foy, although I'm sure there was a contract issue that would have protected the production.



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