The Crown's Queen Claire Foy Reportedly Paid Less Than Co-Star Matt Smith

Claire Foy and The Queen

Foy, 33, may have won a Golden Globe for her performance in the popular series but Smith's previous role in Doctor Who had put him at the top of the pay scale, the show's producers said.

Mackie has already said things will be changing for the next series of The Crown as Olivia Colman takes over the reins from Claire Foy, although that doesn't help Claire at all. "However, Hollywood and London may have to reassess whether there should be some kind of SAG pay scale". And in season three, Broadchurch star Olivia Colman will be taking on the role.

The Netflix series traces Elizabeth's journey from princess to queen and through the early years of her reign, beginning in the 1950s.

Matt Smith is more famous because of his run in Doctor Who, but Claire Foy wasn't exactly some unknown actress.

Though producers of the hit Netflix series assured audiences that, "Going forward, no one gets paid more than the queen", yesterday's news that Claire Foy was paid less than Matt Smith for the first two seasons of The Crown left many wondering how this decision was possibly made.

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

Smith, 35, was not similarly honoured. For Season 3, the queen, Prince Philip and everyone else are older, requiring older actors.

Representatives for Foy and Smith did not return requests for comment on Tuesday.

The ongoing disparity between men and women is reflected in annual lists published by Forbes magazine. Whilst, with other TV shows, it might be possible to spin a tale about the male character actually being the more significant and demanding role, in this case, feminists have been able to adopt the straightforward argument that, "She was The Crown". Wahlberg later donated his salary to Time's Up, the campaign against workplace sexual misconduct.