Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

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

Claire Foy paid less than co-star on

According to Variety, the pay gap was revealed during a panel discussion about the series at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem Tuesday.

Though producers of the hit Netflix series assured audiences that, "Going forward, no one gets paid more than the queen", yesterday's news that Claire Foy was paid less than Matt Smith for the first two seasons of The Crown left many wondering how this decision was possibly made.

However, they also pledged to rectify the pay gap for future seasons.

The actor who played Prince Philip on "The Crown" made more money than the actress who played the show's main character, Queen Elizabeth II - and people are furious.

Many have justified Matt Smith's higher salary because his Dr Who fame meant he was a bigger star than Claire Foy, who'd acted in the BBC's Wolf Hall before playing Queen Elizabeth. And she is THE QUEEN, for crying out loud.

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Mackie has already said things will be changing for the next series of The Crown as Olivia Colman takes over the reins from Claire Foy, although that doesn't help Claire at all.

Minter said the disparity "does not stack up" given that Foy's profile matched Smith's by the start of the second series. If we look at how few lead roles there are available for non-white actors, we can imagine how producers will be able to justify paying their BAME cast members less than their white co-stars who will have had so many more opportunities to play great parts.

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.

Paid more than the Queen?

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

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