Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

The Crown Paid the Queen Less Than the Prince

The Crown Paid the Queen Less Than the Prince

Despite winning a Golden Globe for her performance, Foy's salary was lower than that of Matt Smith as the young Duke of Edinburgh.

Claire Foy starred as Queen Elizabeth in the first two episodes of the "The Crown", the critically-acclaimed Netflix series about the royal family, but she wasn't making as much as her male co-star, producers admitted.

It sort of makes sense Smith was offered more initially - producers acknowledged he was a known commodity from Doctor Who - but Foy was the evident breakout star, earning multiple nominations, and wins at the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards, and had a ton more screen time than Smith. And this week, during a panel discussion about the show at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem, the show's producers Suzanne Mackie and Andy Harries confirmed that Foy took home less than Matt Smith, who played Prince Philip.

The producers said they would rectify that in the future, Variety reported.

It has been announced that Olivia Colman will be playing Queen Elizabeth II, taking over the role from Claire Foy.

"The Crown" (L to R) Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

"Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen". British actress Olivia Coleman is stepping in to play the older monarch as upcoming Season 3 of the show moves into the 1970s. They said that Smith pulled in a higher paycheck due to his established fame.

Netflix's The Crown may be one of the most expensive series ever made, but whoever crafted the budget clearly wasn't thinking about the optics of paying the queen less than her male co-star.

But the pay disparity between Smith and Foy - despite Foy's newcomer status before the show debuted, as the production company noted - sparked outrage from viewers who noted she was the star of the show and deserved better compensation compared to Smith. She was nominated for an Emmy for her role in 2017.

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