Matt Smith Negotiated a Better Deal Than Claire Foy on 'the Crown'

Claire Foy and The Queen

And in season three, Broadchurch star Olivia Colman will be taking on the role.

Minter said the disparity "does not stack up" given that Foy's profile matched Smith's by the start of the second series.

If you thought the most valuable person in The Crown would be the person who wears the crown, think again - producers have revealed that Doctor Who star Matt Smith was actually paid more for the Netflix series than co-star Claire Foy.

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.

Wahlberg topped the list a year ago with $68 million while the highest-earning actress, Emma Stone, made $26 million, Vanity Fair reported.

The part has earned her a host of award season nominations, including at the BAFTAs, Golden Globes, Emmys and Screen Actors Guild awards.

I hope that whoever is replacing Smith (rumor has it that it's Hugh Laurie) will be making less money than Olivia Colman, as promised, because as Mackie said, "no one gets paid more than the Queen". She was also nominated for an Emmy for her season one performance.

It seems that even the royal family is afflicted by the gender pay gap - or their on-screen equivalents, at least.

According to Variety, Foy earned $40,000 per episode with Smith's salary remaining undisclosed but definitely higher. The Crown costs $7 (€5.6) million an episode to produce.

Mark Wahlberg made news earlier this year when it was revealed that he was paid $1.5 million U.S. for reshoots on movie All the Money in the World, while co-star Michelle Williams received $1,000 US.

Wahlberg donated his US$1.5 million dollar (£1.1 million) pay cheque to Time's Up for the work to scrub the disgraced Kevin Spacey from the film.

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