Now, I may be overthinking it a bit, but shouldn't the entire REASON for a show be paid at least as much as the secondary characters?
She only played Queen Elizabeth for two seasons of The Crown. If we look at how few lead roles there are available for non-white actors, we can imagine how producers will be able to justify paying their BAME cast members less than their white co-stars who will have had so many more opportunities to play great parts.
"I worked with Matt on Doctor Who, and I'm sad I won't get to work with him again on this show".
Referring to Netflix producers Suzanne Mackie and Andy Harries revealing Claire Foy's pay gap, she added: "The 'lesser known" may carry the show, work longer hours (list goes on); this system invariably affects women more than men.
Producers for The Crown revealed Claire Foy was not the highest-paid actor on the set of the Netflix Original series.
"Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen", Variety quoted her as saying. She was nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe for Season 1, and another Globe the second season. However, what doesn't make sense is Foy didn't receive a significant salary increase for her award-winning performance in the first season.
Representatives for Foy and Smith did not return requests for comment on Tuesday. "The Crown is one of the most expensive television series with the production house spending around United States dollars 7 million per episode for its two seasons".
Her male counterpart Mark Wahlberg received a negotiated fee of $1.5 (€1.2) million.
It seems that even the royal family is afflicted by the gender pay gap - or their on-screen equivalents, at least. She also appeared on screen more than her TV husband, in scenes surrounding to the Queen's early days as the monarch.