Netflix pays its queen less than her consort on 'The Crown'

14 March, 2018, 16:35 | Author: Cecil Buchanan
  • “No one gets paid more than the Queen,” say The Crown makers after Matt Smith earns more than Claire Foy

Producers on Netflix's "The Crown" said that Matt Smith, who played Prince Philip, made more money than Claire Foy, who played Queen Elizabeth II.

The Netflix series traces Elizabeth's journey from princess to queen, beginning in the 1950s.

Executives at Left Bank say they have rectified the pay situation. Smith's replacement has yet to be announced, but Mackie told Deadline that rumours linking the role to Hugh Laurie are just that.

This kind of embarrassing pay discrepancy won't happen again, producer Suzanne Mackie assured the panel audience: "Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen".

In order to mark the passage of time, the character has been recast.

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The show is replacing its leads when filming begins in July, Olivia Colman is stepping in as the Queen. She also appeared on screen more than her TV husband, in scenes surrounding to the Queen's early days as the monarch.

No salaries have been revealed but Variety reported that Foy's was earning $40,000 (€32,000) an episode previous year.

At the INTV Conference in Jerusalem yesterday, producers acknowledged that Mr Smith was paid more due to his Doctor Who fame, despite Ms Foy having the leading role in the historical drama. We need to disregard the sophisticated rhetoric used to convince us that Matt Smith's beefier salary had nothing to do with his gender, and instead look at the ways in which privilege (be that the privilege of being male, white, able-bodied, straight, cis, etc) helps people at every stage of their career.

BBC presenter Naga Munchetty tweeted her thoughts, writing 'Catching up with this. The Crown is all about her character, the show is a hit because of her. not him. And, I think all the avid Crown-watchers would agree, Claire Foy did an excellent job.

In 2015, it was revealed that Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams were paid significantly less than their male co-stars for "American Hustle", and Bradley Cooper said he would be open about his salary in the negotiation process.

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