The Crown's Claire Foy paid less than Netflix co-star Matt Smith

Irene MckinneyMar 14, 2018

Just because she plays a queen doesn't mean she is paid like one...

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

Producers Suzanne Mackie and Andy Harries acknowledged to United States news outlet Variety that Smith's previous starring role in Doctor Who meant he was paid more than Foy - who had appeared in a number of smaller British dramas including the BBC's Wolf Hall prior to The Crown.

So what was the reason to pay Claire Foy less for her role in the Netflix series The Crown than Matt Smith?

Foy, however, will not be able to cash in on that promise: The series is replacing its leads for season three, when Olivia Colman will step into the role of Queen Elizabeth II. As noted above, Smith was paid more because of his preexisting fame from playing The Doctor in Doctor Who-a role that has famously never been played by a woman until previous year, when Jodie Whitaker was cast as the first-ever female Doctor.

Helena Bonham-Carter will replace Vanessa Kirby as Elizabeth's sister, the late Princess Margaret. Matt Smith had more to do as Philip in Season 2, but still not as much as Elizabeth.

"It's called libel", said Harries at the INTV Conference, Variety reported. She was nominated for an Emmy and won a Golden Globe for her performance in the first season, arguably placing her at the same level of fame as (if not higher than) Smith. And the show, one of the most expensive in television history, had a budget of $7 million per episode, while Foy was paid a reported $40,000 per episode. Foy received high praise for her portrayal of the restrained monarch, in which she nailed everything from the Queen's posh accent to her physical poise.

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