Netflix pays its queen less than her consort on 'The Crown'


"Going forward, no-one gets paid more than the Queen", she said, according to Variety.

"The Crown" focuses on the life of Queen Elizabeth II, but a new report claims that the actress in the lead role did not make the biggest paycheck. "However, Hollywood and London may have to reassess whether there should be some kind of SAG pay scale".

Foy, 33, was already making a name for herself in British costume drama, with roles in "Upstairs Downstairs" and "Wolf Hall", when she was tapped to play the queen. Claire Foy, who won a Golden Globe and two Screen Actor Guild awards for best actress for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in the first two seasons of the Netflix show, was paid less than male co-star Matt Smith, who played husband Prince Phillip, executive producers revealed Tuesday, per USA Today.

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.

The path certainly looks brighter for Foy's Season 3 and 4 replacement Olivia Colman, however.

- emmy (@cIairesfoy) March 13, 2018Matt Smith was paid more for The Crown than Claire Foy.

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However, I would like to state for the record that her getting paid less than Matt Smith is bullshit of the highest order.

Even if we choose to believe that Matt Smith's pay packet had everything to do with his resume and nothing to do with his gender, the system of paying actors based on their previous roles will continue to perpetuate gender inequality, whether or not this is the intention.

Variety previously reported Foy made $40,000 per episode.

Neither Foy nor Smith have commented on the recent revelations and there's every possibility that they were unaware of what went in each other's pockets anyway.

Earlier this year it was revealed actress Michelle Williams was paid a fraction of what her All The Money In The World co-star Mark Wahlberg earned for the movie's reshoots.