Claire Foy Responds to ‘The Crown’ Pay Controversy

Claire Foy is “not surprised” the news that she got paid less than costar Matt Smith for appearing on Netflix’s The Crown became such a big story.

Recently, Variety reported that Left Bank Pictures, the production company behind The Crown, revealed at a conference in Jerusalem that Smith, who played Prince Philip, received greater remuneration because of the actor’s higher profile coming off his stint on Doctor Who. Left Bank creative director Suzanne Mackie then announced that

“Going forward, no one gets paid more than the queen.”

“I’m surprised because I’m at the centre of it, and anything that I’m at the centre of like that is very very odd, and feels very very out of ordinary,” Foy told Entertainment Weekly. “But I’m not [surprised about the interest in the story] in the sense that it was a female-led drama. I’m not surprised that people saw [the story] and went, ‘Oh, that’s a bit odd.’ But I know that Matt feels the same that I do, that it’s odd to find yourself at the centre [of a story] that you didn’t particularly ask for.”

“I’ll be asking to see it earlier than it’s available. I can’t wait to see it. I think Olivia Colman’s amazing.”

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