The Crown Paid the Queen Less Than the Prince

Angelo Anderson
March 13, 2018

Claire Foy starred as Queen Elizabeth in the first two episodes of the "The Crown", the critically-acclaimed Netflix series about the royal family, but she wasn't making as much as her male co-star, producers admitted.

Producers said that Smith was paid more because of his fame from "Doctor Who", and that they won't make the same mistake in the upcoming seasons. Olivia Colman (Golden Globe victor for AMC's The Night Manager) will take over for Foy as Queen Elizabeth, while the new Prince Philip has yet to be cast.

The Crown's salary news is just the latest instance of Hollywood's egregious wage gap.

She may literally be playing the queen in The Crown, but Claire Foy is still suffering from the societal problems of us plebeians.

Foy played Queen Elizabeth in the drama from showrunner Peter Morgan, Sony Pictures Television Studios and Left Bank and earned a Golden Globe, SAG Award and Emmy nomination, among other accolades, for the part.

The Crown producers Suzanne Mackie and Andy Harries made the shocking revelation when they were asked about the stars' pay during a panel discussion about the series at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem on Tuesday.

She had significantly more screen time in the biopic, which centered around the Monarch.

Smith also earned numerous award nominations for his portrayal, but did not win a major gong. If the (TV version of the) queen of the freaking commonwealth can't get fair pay, what hope do the rest of us have? Foy was mostly unknown when she was cast and became a breakout actress because of the show's success. "Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen", he promised. Recasting for the role of Prince Philip hasn't yet been announced. 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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