The Crown star Claire Foy was paid less than her male co-star Matt Smith for the show’s first two seasons, producers of the Netflix period drama revealed during the INTV Conference in Jerusalem this week.
Foy stars as Queen Elizabeth II, taking home a Golden Globe for her performance and clearly garnering more screentime than Smith, who plays husband Prince Philip.
Producers note that Smith’s role in Doctor Who as the reason for him making more than Foy. But Foy was hardly an unknown herself. She co-starred in the NBC pirate drama Crossbones and played Anne Boleyn alongside Damian Lewis and Mark Rylance in Henry VIII miniseries Wolf Hall.
Producer Suzanne Mackie assured the panel audience, “Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen.” But Foy won’t be around to enjoy it. Starting next season, a new cast will be playing The Crown‘s lead characters, with Olivia Colman taking over for Foy as Queen Elizabeth.