Netflix Paid Claire Foy Less Than Matt Smith for 'The Crown'


Even Queen Elizabeth herself, the human embodiment of poise and restraint, would likely find herself angry to discover that the actress who plays her on Netflix's The Crown earned less than her male counterpart during the first two seasons of the critically-acclaimed period drama.

Variety released information that reveals that Netflix's The Crown paid Doctor Who actor Matt Smith more than Claire Foy, who plays the titular representation of The Crown, Elizabeth II.

But more telling than the Queen's actual net worth compared to her husband's is the show's emphasis on female empowerment and the obstacles Queen Elizabeth faced while assuming the throne at a young age - and as a woman.

According to Variety, producers Suzanne Mackie and Andy Harries said they wish to rectify that pay gap in the future.

There has been no official confirmation yet about who will be playing Prince Phillip, who has been played by Matt Smith for the last two seasons. Olivia Colman (Golden Globe victor for AMC's The Night Manager) will take over for Foy as Queen Elizabeth, while the new Prince Philip has yet to be cast.

Smith, they added, made more because he'd already achieved fame due to his role in "Doctor Who".

She was also nominated at the BAFTA and Primetime Emmy Awards.

But the pay disparity between Smith and Foy - despite Foy's newcomer status before the show debuted, as the production company noted - sparked outrage from viewers who noted she was the star of the show and deserved better compensation compared to Smith.

"Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen".

With season three set to swap out the entire main cast and time jump ahead, we have time to look back at the show's start. Recasting for the role of Prince Philip hasn't yet been announced.

"The Crown" is one of the most expensive television shows ever produced, costing a reported $130 million for the first season.