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

14 March 2018

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".

She added that many women don't realise how much men get paid, and this may explain the imbalance on The Crown. "However, Hollywood and London may have to reassess whether there should be some kind of SAG pay scale".

CLAIRE FOY, WHO played Queen Elizabeth II in the hit drama The Crown, earned less than Matt Smith who played her husband Prince Philip.

However, they also pledged to rectify the pay gap for future seasons.

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The pay difference was due to Smith coming into the show after a six-year stint as Dr. Who on television - one of Britain's most popular shows, the producers said.

Foy, however, will not be reprising her role as Queen Elizabeth.

Minter said the disparity "does not stack up" given that Foy's profile matched Smith's by the start of the second series. Representatives for Foy and Smith did not return requests for comment on Tuesday.

This will come as a huge shock for fans of the show as Foy has been nominated for and won countless roles for her wonderful acting as the Queen.

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At a cost of $7 million per episode, The Crown is one of the most expensive TV series ever made.

While Colman has already been cast for the upcoming season, The Crown producers are still working on casting an "established actor" to play Prince Philip.

However, I would like to state for the record that her getting paid less than Matt Smith is bullshit of the highest order. After a media uproar, Wahlberg donated his salary for the reshoots to Time's Up.

Earlier this year it was revealed actress Michelle Williams was paid a fraction of what her All The Money In The World co-star Mark Wahlberg earned for the movie's reshoots.

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