Leading Lady Claire Foy Paid Less Than Male Co-Star On 'The Crown'

Leading Lady Claire Foy Paid Less Than Male Co-Star On 'The Crown'

Oh, dear: Even the Queen of England has difficulty getting paid as much as her male counterpart.

She said Smith commanded a higher paycheck because he was a bigger name after starring in the sci-fi series "Doctor Who". That came despite the fact Foy was awarded a Golden Globe and SAG Award for best actress for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth's early years in the first and second season of "The Crown".

While Smith certainly had more star power when he was cast - having previously starred in United Kingdom series Doctor Who - Foy's quickly rose over the span of the first season. Details of Matt Smith's own salary weren't disclosed at the time of writing, though Netflix has vowed to stamp out The Crown's own gender pay gap before Olivia Colman headlines season 3.

The makers of the hit sitcom "The Crown" have chose to embrace salary parity after star Claire Foy earned less than her male co-star Matt Smith for the first two seasons.

Suzanne Mackie, one of the show's producers, said the discrepancy was being resolved for the third season but that it will not benefit Foy.

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She only played Queen Elizabeth for two seasons of The Crown. But Foy was hardly an unknown herself coming into "The Crown": She co-starred in the NBC pirate drama "Crossbones" and played Anne Boleyn alongside Damian Lewis and Mark Rylance in PBS' acclaimed Henry VIII miniseries "Wolf Hall".

According to a Variety estimate, Foy was paid $40,000 (£28,000) per episode but it is not clear what Smith was paid. So, for that matter, has Smith, 35, and nearly the entire cast.

It was also confirmed during the event in Jerusalem that each episode in the first two seasons of the drama cost around £5 million (€5.6 million).

Representatives for Smith and Foy did not respond to CNN's multiple requests for comment.

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