Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Claire Foy Got Paid LESS Than Matt Smith For The Crown

Claire Foy Got Paid LESS Than Matt Smith For The Crown

She also appeared on screen more than her TV husband, in scenes surrounding to the Queen's early days as the monarch.

Matt Smith is more famous because of his run in Doctor Who, but Claire Foy wasn't exactly some unknown actress.

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. Smith did not receive any award season recognition for his work as Prince Philip.

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Trade publication Variety quoted producer Suzanne Mackie as confirming Foy was paid less than Matt Smith, who played Prince Philip in two seasons of the series.

While it's nice that producers promise to pay future actors who play the queen on The Crown more than anyone else, where does that leave Foy? And she is THE QUEEN, for crying out loud.

It is not known what Smith was paid for the series.

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While Smith certainly had more star power when he was cast - having previously starred in United Kingdom series Doctor Who - Foy's quickly rose over the span of the first season.

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. And in season three, Broadchurch star Olivia Colman will be taking on the role. 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.

Mark Wahlberg made news earlier this year when it was revealed that he was paid $1.5 million USA for reshoots on movie All the Money in the World, while co-star Michelle Williams received $1,000 US. 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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