Actor Claire Foy’s nuanced, star-making portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II on the hit Netflix series The Crown earned her critical acclaim, a Golden Globe award for Best Actress and an Emmy nomination —but she was still paid less than her male co-star.
Executives at Left Bank Pictures, the production company behind The Crown, revealed Matt Smith, the actor who plays Prince Philip on the show, earned more than Foy did on the Netflix series. While it was not immediately clear how much Smith was paid, Foy reportedly earned around $40,000 per episode of The Crown, according to a 2017 report from Variety. That’s a small fraction of the show’s production budget of around $7 million per episode for its first two seasons, serving as one of the most expensive television series on air, according to Variety.
At a conference in Jerusalem Tuesday, Left Bank creative director Suzanne Mackie said Smith made more money than Foy due to his fame from playing the eleventh Doctor on the hit British series Doctor Who, according to Variety‘s report from the event. Foy and Smith will be replaced in upcoming seasons of The Crown as it follows the lives of Queen Elizabeth and the royal family chronologically. “Going forward,” Mackie said Tuesday, “no one gets paid more than the Queen.”