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The Crown's Claire Foy Was Paid Less Than Costar Matt Smith

14 March 2018

Claire Foy appears in a scene from "The Crown".

"The Crown" star Claire Foy, who plays a young Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix's lush series about the modern British monarchy, was paid less than her male costar Matt Smith, according to show producers, who divulged the detail during a panel about the series at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem on Tuesday.

Foy played Queen Elizabeth in the drama from showrunner Peter Morgan, Sony Pictures Television Studios and Left Bank and earned a Golden Globe, SAG Award and Emmy nomination, among other accolades, for the part. "You'll be like, 'Who are they?' We're the warm-up act". The pay gap on "The Crown" is especially egregious since female empowerment is one of the series' main themes. Tituss Burgess reportedly made $90,000 per episode for the Netflix comedy "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt", which has had 13 episodes per season.

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That's good news for "Broadchurch" star Olivia Colman, who will take the reins from Foy as the show continues.

"Going forward, no-one gets paid more than the queen", Variety quoted Ms Mackie as saying. "We put that money on the screen", said Andy Harries, the chief executive of Left Bank, adding that 120 different costumes were created for the queen just for Season 2.

For the forthcoming third season of the Netflix drama, Prince Phillip has yet to be cast, though Helena Bonham Carter will portray Princess Margaret.

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Season 2 of The Crown has plenty of drama - and handsome costumes.

"As you get nearer to the present day, there are a lot more people who are alive and well", said Harries.

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

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In addition to the obvious egregiousness of a series lead making less than a supporting actor, the revelation is particularly surprising when considering critical reception.

The Crown's Claire Foy Was Paid Less Than Costar Matt Smith