Monday 21 May 2018

Producers of The Crown confirm show lead Claire Foy was paid less than male co-star Matt Smith

The Netflix drama’s producers vowed it would ‘not be the case going forward’.

Claire Foy and Matt Smith in The Crown
Claire Foy and Matt Smith in The Crown
Matt Smith and Claire Foy (Ian West/PA)
The Crown
Michael C Hall as John F Kennedy, Jodi Balfour as Jackie Kennedy, Claire Foy as the Queen and Matt Smith as the Duke of Edinburgh Credit: Alex Bailey/Netflix
Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg in All The Money in The World

Joe Nerssessian, Press Association

The creators of The Crown have admitted Claire Foy – who portrays the Queen – was paid less than her male counterpart.

Matt Smith’s portrayal of a young Duke of Edinburgh earned him more than Foy’s Golden Globe-winning performance as Queen Elizabeth in the Netflix drama.

Producers Suzanne Mackie and Andy Harries acknowledged to US news outlet Variety that Smith’s previous starring role in Doctor Who meant he was paid more than Foy – who had appeared in a number of smaller British dramas including the BBC’s Wolf Hall prior to The Crown.

Mackie vowed that would not be the case in the third series, which sees Olivia Colman replace Foy as The Queen.

The Crown
The Crown

“Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen,” she said.

Earlier this year 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.

Wahlberg donated his 1.5 million dollar pay cheque to Time’s Up for the work to scrub the disgraced Kevin Spacey from the film.

The donation came as he faced intense scrutiny when it was reported Williams received less than 1,000 dollars (£720).

Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg in All The Money in The World
Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg in All The Money in The World

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