Claire Foy reportedly paid less than co-star Matt Smith for The Crown

Angelo Anderson
March 14, 2018

Even royals, it seems, may suffer from the gender pay gap.

Ms Foy - who won a Golden Globe for her performance - played young Queen Elizabeth II in the hit Netflix series, while Mr Smith played the Queen's husband Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

According to NPR, executives from the production company Left Bank Pictures (which makes The Crown for Netflix) admitted Smith was "paid more in the show's first two seasons because he had spent three years as star of the popular science fiction TV series Doctor Who".

Smith, 35, was not similarly honoured.

Or how Smith and Foy's pay compared to compensation for John Lithgow, an Oscar, Tony and Emmy-winning actor who played Winston Churchill and was arguably the best-known performer in the show's first season. The producers said they would rectify that in the future, Variety reported.

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


Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen.

It's obviously not only white women who will suffer as a result of this practice; actors of colour will receive reduced wages, and female actors of colour will struggle the most.

Foy's agent did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday. The Crown costs $7 (€5.6) million an episode to produce. But Foy was hardly an unknown herself coming into "The Crown": She co-starred in the NBC pirate drama "Crossbones" and played Anne Boleyn alongside Damian Lewis and Mark Rylance in PBS' acclaimed Henry VIII miniseries "Wolf Hall". After a media uproar, Wahlberg donated his salary for the reshoots to Time's Up.

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

In 2015, it was revealed that Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams were paid significantly less than their male co-stars for "American Hustle", and Bradley Cooper said he would be open about his salary in the negotiation process.

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