Netflix's 'The Crown' Paid Its Queen Less Than Its Prince

Netflix's 'The Crown' Paid Its Queen Less Than Its Prince

Despite the fact that actor Claire Foy played Queen Elizabeth, the very subject of Netflix series "The Crown", she still earned less per episode than her counterpart, Matt Smith, who played the Queen's husband, Prince Philip.

Producers said that Smith was paid more because of his fame from "Doctor Who", and that they won't make the same mistake in the upcoming seasons. It's too late for Foy to benefit from the new policy, though: Olivia Colman is set take over the role of Elizabeth as the show's plot line advances to the 1970s.

Netflix's The Crown may be one of the most expensive series ever made, but whoever crafted the budget clearly wasn't thinking about the optics of paying the queen less than her male co-star.

The gender wage gap has been a trending topic of conversation in entertainment circles dating back to the Sony hacks, when it was revealed that Jennifer Lawrence was paid significantly less than her American Hustle male co-stars; the roiling #MeToo revolution and Time's Up initiative have put it squarely back into the spotlight over the past year. She was so impressive that she won a Golden Globe for her performance in 2017, along with an Emmy nod, and earned another Golden Globe nomination this past year. The success carried on into the second season, with Foy bringing home another SAG Award and earning another Golden Globe nomination.

The producers insisted the pay discrepancy would be changed for future seasons - however, that will be of little consolation to Foy, who will no longer star in the show.

However, I would like to state for the record that her getting paid less than Matt Smith is bullshit of the highest order. "Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen", Mackie said.

While Smith's salary wasn't stated outright, Foy was paid $40,000 per episode, according to a breakdown of TV stars' pay. Prince Philip will also be played by a different actor.

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