The Crown's Queen Claire Foy paid less than co-star Matt Smith

From BBC - March 13, 2018

Claire Foy, Queen Elizabeth in the acclaimed Netflix series The Crown, was paid less than her on-screen Duke of Edinburgh Matt Smith.

Despite Foy's Golden Globe-winning performance, Smith's previous work on Dr Who earned him higher pay, the show's producers said.

They said it would not be the case for the third series, when Olivia Colman replaces Foy.

It is the latest example of the gender pay gap in the industry.

Earlier this year it was disclosed that Michelle Williams was paid a fraction of what her All The Money In The World co-star Mark Wahlberg earned for reshooting sections of the movie.

According to Hollywood trade publication Variety, The Crown's producers said Smith's Dr Who fame meant he commanded a bigger salary.

Foy, 33, who before The Crown appeared in the BBC's Wolf Hall, was reportedly paid $40,000 (28,000)per episode for the first two series, which portrayed the monarch in the 1950s and 1960s.

It is unclear what Smith was paid.


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