Claire Foy paid significantly less than Matt Smith on The Crown

Ruben Ruiz
March 14, 2018

Despite the fact that actor Claire Foy played Queen Elizabeth, the very subject of Netflix series The Crown, she still earned less per episode than her counterpart, Matt Smith, who played the Queen's husband, Prince Philip.

"Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen", said Mackie, according to the outlet.Last year, Variety reported that Foy was paid about $40,000 per episode.

It's been revealed the critically acclaimed performance of actress Claire Foy on Netflix series The Crown, despite garnering her a Golden Globe and Emmy nomination, earned her less than her male co-star.

Mackie vowed that would not be the case in the third series, which sees Olivia Colman replace Foy as The Queen.

While it's unclear what the gap between the two actor was, Claire and Dan won't be returning to their roles in later seasons.

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Foy, 33, won't reap the benefits of the show's new policy, however, as "The Crown" has re-cast the roles of the royal family for seasons three and four.

Filming is due to kick off in July with an entirely new cast as the show jumps ahead to the 70s. Helena Bonham Carter will replace Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret, the Queen's rebellious younger sister.

The trio claimed Smith earned more because he was a bigger worldwide draw thanks to his "Dr". "We put that money on the screen", said Andy Harries, the chief executive of Left Bank, adding that 120 different costumes were created for the queen just for Season 2.

In addition to the obvious egregiousness of a series lead making less than a supporting actor, the revelation is particularly surprising when considering critical reception. Foy received high praise for her portrayal of the restrained monarch, in which she nailed everything from the Queen's posh accent to her physical poise. But how do you continue to justify it for a second season?

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