Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Claire Foy paid less than co-star on "The Crown"

Claire Foy paid less than co-star on

The discrepancy in pay came up during a Tuesday panel discussion about the Netflix drama at the INTV conference in Jerusalem.

Foy stars as Queen Elizabeth II, taking home a Golden Globe for her performance and clearly garnering more screentime than Smith, who plays Elizabeth's husband Prince Philip.

She said Smith commanded a higher paycheck because he was a bigger name after starring in the sci-fi series "Doctor Who". But Foy won't be around to enjoy it. Starting next season, a new cast will be playing "The Crown's" lead characters, with Olivia Colman taking over for Foy as Queen Elizabeth. They did not give details of the gap.

Variety reports that creative director Suzanne Mackey said that the wage gap would be rectified in the future.

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

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

Speaking at this week's Mencap charity fashion show, in London, Olivia added: "I don't know who will play Prince Phillip yet".

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Neither Foy nor Smith have commented on the recent revelations and there's every possibility that they were unaware of what went in each other's pockets anyway.

The Crown is one of the most expensive shows in television history, with an estimated budget of $7 million per episode.

The ongoing disparity between men and women is reflected in annual lists published by Forbes magazine. While it has not yet been disclosed exactly how much Smith was paid, Foy earned $40,000 per episode of The Crown.

Earlier this year it was revealed actress Michelle Williams was paid a fraction of what her All The Money In The World co-star Mark Wahlberg earned for the movie's reshoots.

Executive producer Susie Mackie has vowed to end the gender pay gap.

Wahlberg donated his 1.5m dollar (£1.1m) pay cheque to Time's Up for the work to scrub the disgraced Kevin Spacey from the film.

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