She might have won a Golden Globe, two Screen Actors Guild awards and charmed audiences the world over for her portrayal as Queen Elizabeth II, but Claire Foy wasn’t paid as much as her male co-stars.
Variety has reported The Crown producers told a conference Matt Smith, who plays a young Prince Phillip, was pair more than Claire for the first two seasons of the Netflix hit series.
They say the pay disparity was due to Dan’s experience and profile working as Doctor Who – but promise it will not happen again.
“Going forward, no-one gets paid more than the queen” producer Suzanne Mackie told the conference.
But fans aren't impressed:
While it’s unclear what the gap between the two actor was, Claire and Dan won’t be returning to their roles in later seasons.
This isnt' the first time pay disparity between men and women in Hollywood has been highlighted - in 2017, Emma Stone topped the best-paid actress list with $26 million in estimated annual earnings, while Mark Wahlberg was the highest paid man with $68 million.
The Crown cost a reported $130 million for the first season – you’d think they could have shelled out to pay their actors fairly, right?