Netflix hit The Crown paid its queen less than her prince

Netflix hit The Crown paid its queen less than her prince

Despite the fact that Claire Foy played the lead role of Queen Elizabeth II, producers shared that Matt, who played Prince Philip, earned more per episode.

In the latest gender pay gap scandal, it has been revealed that The Crown actor Claire Foy was paid less than her co-star Matt Smith for both the first and second series of the Netflix show. So the adjusted pay rates won't retroactively apply, even though she was nominated for an Emmy and won awards from the Screen Actors Guild and the Golden Globes for her work on the show.

Smith, 35, was not similarly honoured.

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. The producers said they would rectify that in the future, Variety reported.

Many, both inside Hollywood and outside, have pointed out that Queen Elizabeth II is the main character: She wears the titular crown, and her performance is one of the show's highlights. The producers initially pitched the show to Netflix bosses as a six-season series, with the cast changing three times. At the conference, she determined, "Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen". The actor who will play Philip hasn't been announced yet. Representatives for Foy and Smith did not return requests for comment on Tuesday.

The ongoing disparity between men and women is reflected in annual lists published by Forbes magazine. So it makes the decision to pay her less than Matt likely all the more confusing.

In 2015, it was revealed that Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams were paid significantly less than their male co-stars for "American Hustle", and Bradley Cooper said he would be open about his salary in the negotiation process. Actor Mark Wahlberg wound up donating the $1.5 million he was paid for participating in reshoots for the film All the Money in the World, after news broke that his female costar Michelle Williams was paid $1,000.

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