THE Crown star Claire Foy was paid less than co-star Matt Smith, despite being on screen for longer. It seems a sadly indicative example of the gender pay discrepancy when the actress who plays the reigning monarch and focus of the show is paid less than her consort.
Matt Smith's portrayal of a young Duke of Edinburgh earned him more than Foy's Golden Globe-winning performance as Queen Elizabeth in the Netflix drama. Smith came into The Crown - where he played Prince Philip for two seasons - with considerably more experience after having spent three seasons starring as The Doctor on Doctor Who.
Last year, Variety reported that, compared to Foy, more established female television stars like _Elizabeth Moss of The Handmaid's Tale-who earned seven Emmy nominations during her Mad Men run-commanded a reported $200,000 per episode.
They admitted that he did make more due to his Doctor Who fame, according to Variety.
The producers of Netflix's hit series The Crown have revealed that there are some major hurdles to cross going into the third season.
'Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen, ' Mackie then said.
According to Variety, the producers, Suzanne Mackie and Andy Harries, said they wished to rectify that pay gap in the future.
Both Smith and Foy wrapped up their roles at the end of Season 2, with Seasons 3 and 4 boasting new cast members in keeping with the show's overall vision.
But it is good news for Olivia Colman, who will step in as the (appropriately paid) Queen.
Prince Phillip was always jealous of her power.
Netflix Inc declined to comment on actor salaries.
Earlier this year Mark Wahlberg was reported to have earned approximately AUD$1.9 million for re-shoots of the film "All the Money in The World" while co-star Michelle Williams got about AUD$1200.