Claire Foy was paid less than Matt Smith for The Crown

Lawrence Kim
March 14, 2018

Olivia Colman will play the Queen, while the role of Philip has not yet been announced.

Even Queen Elizabeth herself, the human embodiment of poise and restraint, would likely find herself angry to discover that the actress who plays her on Netflix's The Crown earned less than her male counterpart during the first two seasons of the critically-acclaimed period drama.

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.

They said from now on, no actor on the show will make more than the Queen. "Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen", Mackie said. Foy received an estimated $40,000 per episode for her award-winning portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II, while Smith's salary for playing Prince Philip is unreported.

But that doesn't help Foy, who won't be returning to the show because it jumps forward in time in seasons three and four.

Though The Crown was Foy's breakout role and Smith was more of a known commodity, especially in the United States, the actress did headline the series as the main character. However, this isn't a surprising reveal as Hollywood has consistently been failing women for years. Now, I could have accepted this sort of thing in the first season, begrudgingly, but by season two, there should have been some sort of pay bump for Foy, although I'm sure there was a contract issue that would have protected the production. Her turn in BBC's Wolf Hall earned her a BAFTA nomination, and the series as a whole was a massive critical and commercial success. This Is Us star Chrissy Metz also took in $40,000 per episode during the show's rookie run, though that was for 18 episodes, while The Crown is composed of 10-episode seasons.

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