Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Claire Foy was paid less than male co-star on "The Crown"

Claire Foy was paid less than male co-star on

Executive producer Andy Harries told the INTV conference that the next season and the new cast "will be the test of whether the show really has the legs to survive".

However, as the show enters its third season, the producers stated that they will amend the pay gap, "Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen", said Suzanne Mackie.

AFTER CLAIRE FOY's brilliant portrayal of THE QUEEN in The Crown her successor OLIVIA COLMAN is desperate to crack Her Maj's distinctive clipped tone. "However, Hollywood and London may have to reassess whether there should be some kind of SAG pay scale".

If Foy's performance earned award recognition, shouldn't her salary have increased between seasons one and two? Yesterday, during a panel discussion about Netflix's The Crown, it was revealed that star Claire Foy, who plays Queen Elizabeth, was paid less than her costar and on-screen husband, Matt Smith. That was a bigger draw for me, at least, to see Foy take her turn as yet another British Queen. Considered relatively unknown, Claire Foy had appeared in the Emmy-winning BBC mini-series Wolf Hall in 2015 along with a number of other roles in TV series and movies. Representatives for Foy and Smith did not return requests for comment on Tuesday.

"The Crown" had a lavish budget, with each episode costing around £5 million to make, but the producers insist that money was seen "on the screen", rather than in pay packets.

Oh, dear: Even the Queen of England has difficulty getting paid as much as her male counterpart.

Forbes's annual highest-paid list draws further attention to the gender pay gap.

Mark Wahlberg made $1.5m (£1.1m) but donated it to Time's Up, following news that Williams had received less than $1000 (£720) for her work.

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