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

Netflix's 'The Crown' Paid Its Queen Less Than Its Prince

Netflix's 'The Crown' Paid Its Queen Less Than Its Prince

Producers of the Netflix series "The Crown" admitted during an INTV conference panel that the show's lead, Claire Foy, was paid less than Matt Smith, the actor playing her on-screen husband.

"Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen", said Suzanne Mackie, creative director of Left Bank, the production company behind The Crown. What Mr. Smith made for "The Crown" has not been disclosed. Olivia Coleman ("Broadchurch") will replace Foy as Queen Elizabeth.

The actor who played Prince Philip on "The Crown" made more money than the actress who played Queen Elizabeth II, and it's not a good look for Netflix given that Queen Elizabeth is inarguably the show's main character.

Good! Though not the best timing for Foy - as The Crown is recasting nearly its entire lineup of actors for seasons three and four, which take place in a later decade.

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She was nominated for an Emmy and won a Golden Globe for her performance in the first season, arguably placing her at the same level of fame as (if not higher than) Smith.

The Netflix original series focused primarily on the monarch, Queen Elizabeth, played by 33-year-old Foy.

Meanwhile, Helena Bonham Carter is "all but confirmed" to take over the role of Princess Margaret from Vanessa Kirby. The success carried on into the second season, with Foy bringing home another SAG Award and earning another Golden Globe nomination. One of those is rectifying an apparent pay gap between its male and female actors.

"Seasons 3 and 4 will be the test of whether the show really has the legs to survive", Harries said, according to Variety. "I think we were the first television series ever to change cast and continue, and we will change cast twice". "You'll forget all about me and the rest of the cast". USA Today reported that Williams earned just $80 a day, adding up to less than $1,000, while Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million total.

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