Confirmed: Claire Foy Was Paid Less Than Matt Smith on 'The Crown'

Confirmed: Claire Foy Was Paid Less Than Matt Smith on 'The Crown'

The makers of The Crown have admitted that Claire Foy was paid less than the actor who played her husband.

Producers attributed the pay disparity to Smith's name recognition after he rose to stardom as the title character on the British television series "Doctor Who". Olivia Colman (Golden Globe victor for AMC's The Night Manager) will take over for Foy as Queen Elizabeth, while the new Prince Philip has yet to be cast.

Netflix's The Crown may be one of the most expensive series ever made, but whoever crafted the budget clearly wasn't thinking about the optics of paying the queen less than her male co-star.

The Crown's salary news is just the latest instance of Hollywood's egregious wage gap. "Broadchurch" alum Olivia Coleman will play the queen, and Smith's replacement has yet to be named. Most recently, it was revealed that Michelle Williams made virtually nothing in comparison with her "All the Money in the World costar Mark Wahlberg, despite their near-equal star status".

Following the revelation that Matt Smith earned more than Claire Foy during the first two seasons of the hit show, producers announced on Tuesday (March 13) that they have adjusted their compensation rates.

Foy won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Emmy for her performance in Season 1, and another Golden Globe nomination for Season 2.

"Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen", said Left Bank creative director Suzanne Mackie, per Variety. The success carried on into the second season, with Foy bringing home another SAG Award and earning another Golden Globe nomination.

Foy, however, won't get the benefit of a pay raise.

The pay difference was due to Smith coming into the show after a six-year stint as "Dr". The showrunners are expected to make more announcements soon concerning who will be cast in major roles.

While Smith's salary wasn't stated outright, Foy was paid $40,000 per episode, according to a breakdown of TV stars' pay.

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