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

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However, that will not help Foy, as she and Smith have completed their two series of the drama.

Producers Suzanne Mackie, Andy Harries and Martin Childs acknowledged the pay disparity at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem, noting that Foy made less than Smith, who plays Prince Philip, despite the fact that she's the star of the Netflix drama, Variety reports.

Claire Foy blew critics and audiences away with her turn as Queen Elizabeth on Netflix's expensive royal drama The Crown.

The producers also admitted that the transition into a more contemporary story is a minefield for them, as they risk offending their actual subjects.

The producers promised to hurdle the wage gap in future seasons, though that is too little too late for Foy, who won't be playing the queen anymore as the show moves forward into modern times. "Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen", Mackie clarified, signifying Olivia Colman will be getting the biggest payday when season three begins filming. The showrunners are expected to make more announcements soon concerning who will be cast in major roles. Olivia Coleman ("Broadchurch") will replace Foy as Queen Elizabeth.

The Crown chronicles Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the present day. Beyond being the main character in the series, Foy's critically-acclaimed performance has won prestigious awards. Her turn in BBC's Wolf Hall earned her a BAFTA nomination, and the series as a whole was a massive critical and commercial success.

She earned a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actor's Guild Awards for best actress following the first season.

Smith, they added, made more because he'd already achieved fame due to his role in "Doctor Who".

In January, Forbes reported that the 10 highest-paid male actors in Hollywood brought in a total of $488.5 million, while the 10 highest-paid women actors earned less than half of that total, with $172.5 million.



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