Claire Foy Paid Less Than Matt Smith for 'The Crown'

Claire Foy Paid Less Than Matt Smith for 'The Crown'

Executive producers Andy Harries and Suzanne Mackie also told Deadline that future seasons of the show could include a visit from current USA leader Donald Trump and Prince Harry's romance with actress Meghan Markle.

Suzanne told Variety: "Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen".

The creators of Netflix production The Crown have admitted that Claire Foy, who played Queen Elizabeth II, was paid less than Matt Smith, who played her husband the Duke of Edinburgh.

Even royals, it seems, may suffer from the gender pay gap.

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.

That came despite the fact Foy was awarded a Golden Globe and SAG Award for best actress for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth's early years in the first and second season of "The Crown". That was a bigger draw for me, at least, to see Foy take her turn as yet another British Queen.

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The producers of hit TV series The Crown have confirmed Helena Bonham Carter will be joining Olivia Colman for the third season of the show.

"Claire Foy has let me know I can call if I need to".

At this time, representatives for Foy and Smith have not commented while Netflix declined to address the shocking pay discrepancy.

"The Crown" had a lavish budget, with each episode costing around £5 million to make, but the producers insist that money was seen "on the screen", rather than in pay packets.

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