'The Crown' paid Queen Elizabeth II less than Prince Philip

'The Crown' paid Queen Elizabeth II less than Prince Philip

Gender pay gap

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If even the queen of the entire Commonwealth (or at least the TV counterpart) cannot get equal pay, what hope does that leave for us commoners?

Next time someone asks you 'what gender pay gap?' tell them this: Claire Foy, who played the leading role as Queen Elizabeth II on Netflix's The Crown was paid less than her male co-star Matt Smith who played the supporting role of Prince Philip.

According to Variety, the revelation came during a panel discussion at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem on Tuesday attended by The Crown producers Suzanne Mackie and Andy Harries. When asked whether Foy was payed the same as Smith for her role in the series, the producers explained that Smith got a higher pay cheque due to his Doctor Who fame. Mackie added that this decision would be rectified for future seasons: "Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen."

It should be noted that both Claire Foy and Matt Smith will not be returning to the series for future seasons; instead being recast for older actors to better portray the age of the royals' as the series moves through time, meaning Foy will not get a chance to earn her fair pay cheque.

The news of The Crown's pay disparity adds to the growing Hollywood debate on the gender pay gap. Last year it was revealed that Mark Wahlberg was paid a US $1.5 million reshoot fee for his role in All the Money in the World, compared to Michelle William's who was paid US $1,000 per day.

Given the entire premise of The Crown is centred on women's power, the pay disparity is particularly disappointing. Furthermore, the series has one of the most expensive television budgets in history, at approximately US $7 million per episode (of which Foy was paid an estimated US $40,000 per episode).

Foy received a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown.

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