Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

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

Claire Foy Paid Less Than Matt Smith for 'The Crown' Claire Foy Paid Less Than Matt Smith for 'The Crown'
Lisa Bryan | 15 March, 2018, 06:17

Actors Claire Foy, who plays Queen Elizabeth II, and Matt Smith who plays Philip Duke of Edinburgh, attend the premiere of "The Crown" Season 2 in London, Britain, November 21, 2017.

"Going forward, no-one gets paid more than the Queen", she said, reports Variety.

Before her role on "The Crown", Foy appeared in several episodes of United Kingdom drama series "Upstairs Downstairs" and played Anne Boleyn in the Emmy-nominated "Wolf Hall" miniseries.

The fact that Foy played, and nailed, the titular role in The Crown makes her smaller pay packet register as a prime example of gender inequality and discrimination in the media.

"I worked with Matt on Doctor Who, and I'm sad I won't get to work with him again on this show".

Foy, 33, was already making a name for herself in British costume drama, with roles in "Upstairs Downstairs" and "Wolf Hall", when she was tapped to play the queen.


Unfortunately for Foy, she won't be the one paid more.

At a cost of $7 million per episode, The Crown is one of the most expensive TV series ever made.

According to a Variety estimate, Foy was paid $40,000 (£28,000) per episode but it is not clear what Smith was paid.

The admission about the salaries was made at the INTV conference in Jerusalem this week. While Foy and Smith depicted the royal couple from the beginning of Queen Elizabeth's reign until the mid-1960s, their characters have been recast for the third and fourth seasons. In January, it was revealed that Michelle Williams earned 1% of what costar Mark Wahlberg received for re-shooting "All The Money" without Kevin Spacey.

Speaking to the Guardian before the launch of "The Crown's" second season, Foy described her frustration over cultural norms for women and expressed her desire to confront them through her work.

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