Claire Foy paid significantly less than Matt Smith on The Crown

Outrage The Crown's Claire Foy earned less than her male co-star Matt Smith it has been revealed

"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.

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. 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.

Producers admitted Tuesday, March 13 that Matt Smith, Prince Philip on the hit Netflix drama, negotiated a better deal than Claire Foy because of his perceived higher profile.

Despite the accolades and acclaim for Foy, he kept his higher salary in season two. It seems a sadly indicative example of the gender pay discrepancy when the actress who plays the reigning monarch and focus of the show is paid less than her consort. She was also nominated for an Emmy for her role last year, and she won best actress in a drama at the Screen Actors Guild Awards last year and this year.

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"Going forward, no-one gets paid more than the queen" producer Suzanne Mackie told the conference. Season three will have Olivia Colman step in as the queen, and Helena Bonham Carter will take on the role of Princess Margaret.

Foy, who was reportedly paid $40,000 an episode, will not appear in the third series of The Crown, which starts filming this summer, as every part on the show has since been recast.

The pay revelation emerged during a talk with Mackie and fellow executive producer Andy Harries at a media conference in Jerusalem.

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