"I think we were the first television series ever to change cast and continue, and we will change cast twice".
The Crown, Netflix's sumptuous, historically-based period piece starring Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II, moves at roughly the pace of a state dinner, and every so often, Matt Smith's Prince Philip whines to his wife about the diminished sense of importance he feels playing second banana to the sovereign. 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.
According to Variety, on Tuesday, the show's producers said at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem that Foy, who won a Golden Globe for her work on the show previous year, made less money than her on-screen husband, actor Matt Smith. That said, they also promised things would be different in seasons to come. "Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen", Mackie said.
While it's positive that the pay scale will be rebalanced from here on out, at this point it won't do Foy any good.
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Foy played Queen Elizabeth in the drama from showrunner Peter Morgan, Sony Pictures Television Studios and Left Bank and earned a Golden Globe, SAG Award and Emmy nomination, among other accolades, for the part.
The Crown's salary news is just the latest instance of Hollywood's egregious wage gap. If the (TV version of the) queen of the freaking commonwealth can't get fair pay, what hope do the rest of us have?
How much more Smith was paid than Foy is unclear, but Foy reportedly made $40,000 per episode, according to a 2017 Variety report. "Who" fame. He played the iconic sci-fi character from 2010 to 2013. Foy and Smith will be replaced in upcoming seasons of The Crown as it follows the lives of Queen Elizabeth and the royal family chronologically.