She Killed It as Queen, but Male Co-Star Earned More

Claire Foy and The Queen

Claire Foy and The Queen

Trade publication Variety quoted producer Suzanne Mackie as confirming Foy was paid less than Smith, who played Prince Philip in the first two seasons of the series. She added that this will change in the future, saying: "Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen". "However, Hollywood and London may have to reassess whether there should be some kind of SAG pay scale".

"I worked with Matt on Doctor Who, and I'm sad I won't get to work with him again on this show". Her turn in BBC's Wolf Hall earned her a BAFTA nomination, and the series as a whole was a massive critical and commercial success. She was nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe for Season 1, and another Globe the second season.

In order to mark the passage of time, the character has been recast.

However, I would like to state for the record that her getting paid less than Matt Smith is bullshit of the highest order. Smith joined "The Crown", where he played Prince Philip for two seasons after featuring for three seasons on "Doctor Who" as the protagonist.

No salaries have been revealed but Variety reported that Foy's was earning $40,000 (€32,000) an episode a year ago.

Show bosses revealed this week Claire was paid less than Matt - despite being on screen for longer. Whilst, with other TV shows, it might be possible to spin a tale about the male character actually being the more significant and demanding role, in this case, feminists have been able to adopt the straightforward argument that, "She was The Crown". And, I think all the avid Crown-watchers would agree, Claire Foy did an excellent job. "The fact that she wasn't even paid the same as her counterpart is unacceptable, considering the fact that she plays the leading role #TimeIsUp #EqualPay".

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