Leading Lady Claire Foy Paid Less Than Male Co-Star On 'The Crown'


Foy played Queen Elizabeth in the drama and earned a Golden Globe, SAG Award and Emmy nomination, among other accolades, for the part.

"The Crown" star Claire Foy was paid less than her male co-star Matt Smith for the show's first two seasons, producers of the Netflix period drama revealed at a panel during the INTV Conference in Jerusalem on Tuesday.

Executive producers Andy Harries and Suzanne Mackie also told Deadline that future seasons of the show could include a visit from current US leader Donald Trump and Prince Harry's romance with actress Meghan Markle.

Netflix revealed that Foy was paid less than the actor, who plays Prince Phillip, due to his previous role on the BBC's Doctor Who.

Variety reports that creative director Suzanne Mackey said that the wage gap would be rectified in the future. That was a bigger draw for me, at least, to see Foy take her turn as yet another British Queen.

Filming for season three of The Crown will begin in July, with Olivia Colman, Helena Bonham Carter scoring roles as the royal sisters. Prince Philip will also be played by a different actor.

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She added that many women don't realise how much men get paid, and this may explain the imbalance on The Crown.

At this time, representatives for Foy and Smith have not commented while Netflix declined to address the shocking pay discrepancy.

At a cost of $7 million per episode, The Crown is one of the most expensive TV series ever made.

Forbes's annual highest-paid list draws further attention to the gender pay gap.

Paid more than the Queen?

Mark Wahlberg made news earlier this year when it was revealed that he was paid $1.5 million USA for reshoots on movie All the Money in the World, while co-star Michelle Williams received $1,000 US.