Royal pay gap? 'The Crown"s Queen Elizabeth paid less than her prince"

Outrage The Crown's Claire Foy earned less than her male co-star Matt Smith it has been revealed

Outrage The Crown's Claire Foy earned less than her male co-star Matt Smith it has been revealed

Foy's performance in The Crown has garnered her a BAFTA nomination for the Best Leading Actress on Television, two Golden Globe nominations (and one win) for Best Actress - Television Drama series, an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, and four Screen Actors Guild nominations, with two wins as the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series.

Two producers on Netflix's The Crown revealed Tuesday that Matt Smith made more than Claire Foy for the first two seasons of the show.

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

According to Variety, producers Suzanne Mackie and Andy Harries said they wish to rectify that pay gap in the future. They cited Smith's previous starring role in Doctor Who as justification for the higher rate, but apparently didn't specify the actors' actual salaries.

For the forthcoming third season of the Netflix drama, Prince Phillip has yet to be cast, though Helena Bonham Carter will portray Princess Margaret.

Mackie said that going forward, all actresses to tackle the royal role will take home a fatter paycheck, though it's too late for Foy, who has been recast, along with the rest of her co-stars, going into Season 3. Mackie added, "Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen".

The Netflix original series focused primarily on the monarch, Queen Elizabeth, played by 33-year-old Foy.

But the pay disparity between Smith and Foy - despite Foy's newcomer status before the show debuted, as the production company noted - sparked outrage from viewers who noted she was the star of the show and deserved better compensation compared to Smith. That was a bigger draw for me, at least, to see Foy take her turn as yet another British Queen. 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.

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