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Claire Foy was paid less than Matt Smith for The Crown

Even the Queen is on the wrong side of the gender pay gap, it seems. The makers of The Crown have admitted that Claire Foy was paid less than the actor who played her husband.

Despite winning a Golden Globe for her performance, Foy’s salary was lower than that of Matt Smith as the young Duke of Edinburgh.

The makers of the Netflix drama, speaking at a television conference in Jerusalem yesterday, claimed Smith was paid more because he was better known when the series was cast.

He had found international fame as Doctor Who, whereas Foy had appeared in acclaimed but lower profile British dramas including the BBC’s Wolf Hall and Little Dorrit.

“Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen,” said Suzanne Mackie, one of the show’s British producers, in comments reported by Variety.

However, that will not help Foy, as she and Smith have completed their two series of the drama. The Crown has been recast and the Queen will be played by Olivia Colman in series three.

Claire Foy was paid a reported $40,000 per episode for The Crown


According to reports, Foy was paid $40,000 per episode – a figure dwarfed by the salary of other television stars. Lena Headey, the British actress, earned an estimated $500,000 per episode for Game of Thrones. Smith’s salary for The Crown has not been disclosed.

 The Crown had a lavish budget. Mackie and Andy Harries, her fellow producer, said each episode of the first two seasons cost around $7 million. “We put that money on the screen,” Harries said, pointing to the 120 costumes worn by Foy in series two.

 In an interview last year with the Telegraph, Foy, 33, said appearing in The Crown had not made her rich.

 “I have more debt than when I was 16,” she said, joking: “I live beyond my means. My Ocado shops are off the scale.” She spoke of wanting a six-bedroom house on Hampstead Heath “but unless I have, like, £8.9 million, that’s never going to happen.”

 At the time she shared a terraced house in north London with her husband, Stephen Campbell Moore. They recently announced their separation.

Olivia Colman, here meeting the Prince of Wales, will replace Claire Foy in The Crown

Geoff Pugh/The Daily Telegraph

Actors’ gender pay disparities were thrown into sharp relief when Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg re-shot scenes from All The Money In The World, Ridley Scott’s dramatisation of the Paul Getty kidnapping case, following Kevin Spacey’s departure from the cast.

 Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million to return to the set – Williams was paid $1,000. Following an outcry, Wahlberg donated his fee to the Time’s Up campaign.

 Last week, Susan Sarandon revealed that her co-star in the 1998 film Twilight, Paul Newman, gave her part of his salary after hearing that she was paid less than him despite sharing the top of the bill. “He was a gem,” she said.

 Appearing in The Crown turned Foy into a star, and has propelled her to Hollywood. She is to star as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl in the Spider’s Web, based on the novel by Stieg Larsson. She has also signed up to play Janet Armstrong, wife of Neil Armstrong, in a film called First Man.

 The third season of The Crown will introduce the Duchess of Cornwall and Diana, Princess of Wales as young women. “Those are going to be extraordinary, those episodes,” Mackie said.

 She added that when the drama reaches the present day, Meghan Markle “can play herself”.


Article Source : https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/03/13/claire-foy-paid-less-matt-smith-crown/

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