She Killed It as Queen, but Male Co-Star Earned More


If we look at how few lead roles there are available for non-white actors, we can imagine how producers will be able to justify paying their BAME cast members less than their white co-stars who will have had so many more opportunities to play great parts.

"The Crown" star Claire Foy was paid less than her male co-star Matt Smith for the show's first two seasons, producers of the Netflix period drama revealed at a panel during the INTV Conference in Jerusalem on Tuesday.

She's not known for histrionics, but Queen Elizabeth II would surely struggle to maintain her famous poise if she knew the actress playing her on "The Crown" earned less than the man portraying her husband.

- gabriela (@hollygolightIy) March 14, 2018Claire Foy won two fucking SAG Awards and one Golden Globe Award.

She was also nominated at the BAFTAs, Emmys and Screen Actors Guild awards.

"Going forward, no-one gets paid more than the Queen", she said, according to Variety.

Suzanne Mackie, one of the show's producers, said the discrepancy was being resolved for the third season but that it will not benefit Foy.

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Helena Bonham-Carter will replace Vanessa Kirby as Elizabeth's sister, the late Princess Margaret.

Variety has previously reported that Ms Foy's salary per episode was around $40,000 (€32,000).

At a cost of $7 million per episode, The Crown is one of the most expensive TV series ever made.

The disparity further highlights an ongoing issue of unequal pay in the entertainment world.

Earlier this year it was revealed actress Michelle Williams was paid a fraction of what her All The Money In The World co-star Mark Wahlberg earned for the movie's reshoots.

Wahlberg donated his US$1.5 million dollar (£1.1 million) pay cheque to Time's Up for the work to scrub the disgraced Kevin Spacey from the film.