Claire Foy's Netflix Pay Gap a Crowning Example of Disparity

Claire Foy Got Paid LESS Than Matt Smith For The Crown

Executive producers Andy Harries and Suzanne Mackie also told Deadline that future seasons of the show could include a visit from current US leader Donald Trump and Prince Harry's romance with actress Meghan Markle. Mackie added, "Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen".

Foy, 33, may have won a Golden Globe for her performance in the popular series but Smith's previous role in Doctor Who had put him at the top of the pay scale, the show's producers said.

Even royals, it seems, may suffer from the gender pay gap.

The producers of The Crown have revealed that Claire Foy, who plays the Queen in the smash hit Netflix show, was actually paid less in the first two seasons that her co-star Matt Smith, who played Prince Philip.

talkRADIO presenter Harriet Minter has said it is ridiculous that Claire Foy earns less than co-star Matt Smith for The Crown.

Foy, however, will not be reprising her role as Queen Elizabeth.

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.

While Colman has already been cast for the upcoming season, The Crown producers are still working on casting an "established actor" to play Prince Philip.

Neither Foy nor Smith will appear in the third season; another actress, Olivia Colman, is set to take over the lead role as the middle-aged monarch.

After all, she IS playing the person wearing the crown, so shouldn't she get the biggest pay cheque? In 2017, Emma Stone topped the best-paid actress list with $26 million, while Mark Wahlberg was the highest paid man with $68 million in estimated annual earnings. Wahlberg donated $2 (€1.6) million to a fund dedicated to fighting pay inequality and harassment of women in the name of Williams.

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