Netflix's The Crown paid its queen less than its prince

  • Netflix's The Crown paid its queen less than its prince

Netflix's The Crown paid its queen less than its prince

But considering Foy's Queen Elizabeth is the anchor and driving force of the show, it's baffling that Smith would still be paid more than her in the second season.

Appearing at a conference in Israel on Tuesday, producers revealed that star Claire Foy earned less than male co-star Matt Smith for the first two seasons of the Netflix hit.

Foy's critically acclaimed performance has won her prestigious awards, including best lead actress in a drama at last year's Golden Globes, an honor she was nominated for again this year.

Smith, 35, was not similarly honoured.

"The producers acknowledged that [Smith] did make more due to his Doctor Who fame, but that they would rectify that for the future", Variety reported.

"Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen", Mackie said.

The series comes from the pen of Peter Morgan, who first lifted the veil on the private world of Elizabeth II in The Queen (2006), which was directed by Stephen Frears and earned Helen Mirren an Oscar in the title role.

Following the news of the difference in pay, fans took to social media to share their outrage. The 96-year-old Prince Philip, the Queen's husband of 70 years, reportedly has a fraction of that net worth and recently retired from his royal position, no longer attending public events.

Meanwhile, Netflix declined to comment on the salary disparity, while Foy and Smith's publicists are yet to comment at all.

For Smith and Foy's reaction to Carter joining The Crown, watch below! And the show, one of the most expensive in television history, had a budget of $7 million per episode, while Foy was paid a reported $40,000 per episode.

The ongoing disparity between men and women is reflected in annual lists published by Forbes magazine. Michelle Williams, billed as the film's lead actress, earned a fraction of what co-star Mark Wahlberg did for reshoots.