The revelation came during a panel discussion about the series at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem on Tuesday, when The Crown producers Suzanne Mackie and Andy Harries were asked whether series star Claire Foy was paid more than co-star Matt Smith, who played Queen Elizabeth's husband Prince Philip.
The Netflix original series focused primarily on the monarch, Queen Elizabeth, played by 33-year-old Foy. The pair admitted that Smith made more due to his "Doctor Who" fame, insisting that the inequity would be amended in the future. "Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen", Mackie said.
Despite winning a Golden Globe for her performance, Foy's salary was lower than that of Matt Smith as the young Duke of Edinburgh.
Last year, Variety reported that, compared to Foy, more established female television stars like _Elizabeth Moss of The Handmaid's Tale-who earned seven Emmy nominations during her Mad Men run-commanded a reported $200,000 per episode. The success carried on into the second season, with Foy bringing home another SAG Award and earning another Golden Globe nomination.
It should be noted that Claire Foy will not get the chance to earn a fairer paycheck on The Crown since every role is being recast for the period drama's third season, which will begin filming in July and jump ahead to the 1970s. Foy not getting equal pay on a show where her character and Smith's are constantly fighting about him feeling emasculated by her power is so deliciously poetic I could nearly laugh. The showrunners are expected to make more announcements soon concerning who will be cast in major roles.
"Seasons 3 and 4 will be the test of whether the show really has the legs to survive", Harries said, per Variety. "It's daunting but exciting and I hope it'll keep the series fresh and really of interest to people".