Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

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

Claire Foy paid less than co-star on

For its next two seasons, the roles have been recast with older actors.

The fact that Foy played, and nailed, the titular role in The Crown makes her smaller pay packet register as a prime example of gender inequality and discrimination in the media.

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.

They did not reveal either salary - Foy's was put at $40,000 an episode by Variety a year ago - but told a panel event in Jerusalem that Smith's 2010-2013 starring role on the BBC's "Doctor Who" had been the decisive factor. Smith did not receive any award season recognition for his work as Prince Philip. Sure, we've got a female Doctor now, but when Matt Smith was cast, Dr Who had essentially been a long-running sausage-fest. They did not give details of the gap.

The path certainly looks brighter for Foy's Season 3 and 4 replacement Olivia Colman, however. Adding to this, Left Bank creative director Suzanne Mackie stressed that "going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen".


Claire's character was undeniably the main character of the show's first two seasons - which centred on the life of the monarch as she took on the role of Queen.

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.

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

The ongoing disparity between men and women is reflected in annual lists published by Forbes magazine.

Her male counterpart Mark Wahlberg received a negotiated fee of $1.5 (€1.2) million. Wahlberg later donated his salary to Time's Up, the campaign against workplace sexual misconduct.

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