Royal Pay Gap! The Crown's Queen Claire Foy Earned Less Than Prince Philip Actor Matt Smith

Claire Foy might be The Crown‘s heading lady, though a remuneration she perceived in comparison to her masculine costar is royally questionable.

Foy, 33, starred as Queen Elizabeth II on a initial dual seasons of a Netflix play conflicting Matt Smith, who played her on-screen husband, Prince Philip.

Although Foy warranted an Emmy assignment and won both a Golden Globe and SAG Award for best singer in a drama series, Smith — also famous for his starring purpose in Doctor Who — perceived a aloft paycheck.

On Tuesday, Crown producers Suzanne Mackie and Andy Harries spoke about a array during a row during a INTV Conference in Jerusalem, where they were asked about Foy and Smith’s payscales.

“Asked either Foy was paid a same as Smith, a producers concurred that he did make some-more due to his Doctor Who fame, though that they would redress that for a future,” Variety reported.

“Going forward, no one gets paid some-more than a Queen,” pronounced Mackie, according to a outlet.

Netflix had no comment, and reps for Foy and Smith did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s ask for comment.

Last year, Variety reported that Foy was paid an estimated $40,000 per episode.

Claire Foy and Matt Smith in The Crown

Although a producers settled that no actors would be paid some-more than any singer who plays a Queen relocating forward, both Foy and Smith’s times on a array have come to an end. Netflix has tapped British actress Olivia Colman for a show’s third and fourth seasons, personification Elizabeth a decade later; an actor has not nonetheless sealed on to play a purpose of Prince Philip. Helena Bonham Carter is also impending a understanding to reinstate Vanessa Kirby — who played a Queen’s sister Princess Margaret — for a third and fourth seasons, according to Entertainment Weekly.

The explanation of Foy’s compensate inconsistency in comparison to Smith’s remuneration comes on a heels of many A-list women in Hollywood pursuit for a tighten to a gender compensate gap, including Jennifer Lawrence and Catt Sadler.

According to an L.A.-based talent representative with believe of compensate inconsistency among actors, “In Hollywood, actors’ salaries are formed mostly on what they warranted for their prior work, what we call a quote. Think of it like removing a bid to have work finished on your house. You ask a executive how most a work will cost and they give we a quote. It’s a same idea.”

“In Matt Smith’s case, he expected had a aloft quote or income than Claire since of his work on Doctor Who. With Doctor Who being such a high-profile job, he was also expected means to boost his income from his prior quote for The Queen. Going with a executive idea, if a executive has finished some high form work on a climax valuables of a neighborhood, they are going to ask for some-more on their subsequent job, augmenting their quote,” a representative explains. “Claire had not nonetheless had that high form pursuit to direct a income that Matt could entrance off Doctor Who.”

The representative adds “The quote complement has existed for a prolonged time in Hollywood. Although this is changing with new laws in New York City and California ominous an employer from seeking a intensity employee’s prior salary. Because of this, an actor/actress are now paid what a studio/network feel is suitable for a distance of a role, a bill of a plan and a actor’s resume. While their prior work will still matter, what they were paid for that work will not matter as much.”

Seasons 1 and 2 of The Crown are now streaming on Netflix.

Vanity Fair was initial to mangle out Variety‘s stating about Foy’s compensate discrepancy.

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