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Claire Foy Was Paid Less Than Matt Smith on ‘The Crown’, Producers Reveal

by Myra E.

Actress Claire Foy, who portrayed Queen Elizabeth II on Netflix series The Crown, earned less than her co-star, Matt Smith, who played Prince Philip.

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This revelation was made by executive producers, Suzanne Mackie and Andy Harries, at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem this Tuesday.

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Netflix series, The Crown, stars Claire Foy and Matt Smith. (Source: Instagram)

Foy was paid $40,000 per episode, Variety revealed last year. Smith’s salary, on the other hand, has not been made public. Despite Foy receiving acclaim for her charming performance in Season 1, Smith continued to receive a higher salary in Season 2.

The two claimed that the reason for the difference in pay was that Smith, 35, was a seasoned actor when he joined the series. He had starred on the popular BBC show, Doctor Who, from 2010-2014. Foy, 33, on the other hand, was relatively unknown, having only appeared in the BBC mini-series, Wolf Hall.

Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II on Netflix series, The Crown. (Source: Instagram)

Claire Foy anf Matt Smith, on-screen husband and wife. (Source: Instagram)

Mackie announced that “going forward, no one gets paid more than the queen” but Foy doesn’t stand to benefit from this. In Season 3 of The Crown, the lead character of The Queen will be played by Olivia Colman.

Olivia Colman will play The Queen in Season 3. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage)

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Actors Matt Smith and Claire Foy visit Build to discuss “The Crown” at Build Studio on December 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

Smith was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award (SAG), Broadcasting Press and Guild Award and Online Film and Television Association Award for his performance as the Duke of Edinburgh, but did not win on any platform.

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Matt Smith as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, on The Crown. (Source: Instagram)

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Claire Foy with her Golden Globe award for her performance on The Crown. (Source: Instagram)

Foy won a Golden Globe and SAG award after the first season of the Crown, and also received nominations at the BAFTA and Primetime Emmy’s. She was also nominated for another SAG Award and a Golden Globe for the second season.

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The Queen and Prince Phillip on Netflix’ The Crown. (Source: Instagram)

Matt Smith, Stephen Daldry, Claire Foy, Peter Morgan, and Vanessa Kirby attend the World Premiere of season 2 of Netflix “The Crown” at Odeon Leicester Square on November 21, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage)

Claire Foy as Lillibet, a.k.a. The Queen of England, on Netflix series, The Crown. (Source: Instagram)

One fan aptly summed up common sentiment about the pay gap saying, “The goddamn Queen can’t even get equal pay.”

Claire Foy, portrays The Queen of England on Netflix’ The Crown. (Source: Instagram)

The gender pay gap is a growing issue in Hollywood, as of late, as more and more actresses have come forward with news that they were paid less than their male counterparts.

Claire Foy and Matt Smith pose for British Vogue. (Source: Instagram)

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Fans have not responded well to the news of this gender pay gap and took to Twitter to unleash their thoughts.

Smith and Foy on Netflix series, The Crown. (Source: Instagram)

Fan advocates for Foy’s rights. (Source: Twitter)

Fans outraged that even the queen can’t get equal pay. (Source: Twitter)

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Fan aptly points out that closing the pay gap now won’t benefit Claire Foy, whose role ends in Season 2 of The Crown. (Source: Twitter)

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#JusticforClaire. (Source: Twitter)

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It does indeed seem preposterous that the lead role on a T.V series be paid less than that of a supporting actor. #JusticeforClaire is now trending on Twitter.

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