Netflix hit The Crown paid its queen less than her prince

Ruben Ruiz
March 15, 2018

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

However Suzanne Mackie assured that from now on all actresses to play the part of the Queen in The Crown will earn more than anyone else on the show.

Colman will replace Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II, while Bonham Carter will portray the royal sister, Princess Margaret.

Variety released information that reveals that Netflix's The Crown paid Doctor Who actor Matt Smith more than Claire Foy, who plays the titular representation of The Crown, Elizabeth II. However, even if the pay gap is remedied in future seasons, it won't benefit Foy, whose work on the series is over.

She said this was because Smith was better-known after starring in sci-fi series "Doctor Who".

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

While Smith certainly had more star power when he was cast - having previously starred in United Kingdom series Doctor Who - Foy's quickly rose over the span of the first season.

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According to a Variety estimate, Foy was paid $40,000 (£28,000) per episode but it is not clear what Smith was paid.

Foy's agent did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.

At a cost of $7 million per episode, The Crown is one of the most expensive TV series ever made.

However, I would like to state for the record that her getting paid less than Matt Smith is bullshit of the highest order.

Last year, Natalie Portman revealed she had been paid three times less than her "No Strings Attached" co-star Ashton Kutcher.

Executive producer Susie Mackie has vowed to end the gender pay gap. Wahlberg donated $2 (€1.6) million to a fund dedicated to fighting pay inequality and harassment of women in the name of Williams.

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