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The gender pay gap is a topic that just isn't going away.

And when it comes to Claire Foy and Matt Smith's pay for their respective roles in the Netflix drama, The Crown, it seemed that all was finally well in terms of fairness. 

Sadly, however, this doesn't seem to be the case.

It was first reported in late April that Claire Foy, who plays Queen Elizabeth II  in the TV series, was receiving less pay than her co-star Matt Smith, who plays her on-screen husband, Prince Philip.

Variety had said that the producers of the royal drama had actually confirmed that she earned less for the first two seasons of the show.

Matt's salary has never been disclosed, but Variety had revealed that Claire took home $40,000 an episode.

She told Entertainment Weekly at the time, "I’m surprised because I’m at the centre of it, and anything that I’m at the centre of like that is very, very odd, and feels very, very out of ordinary. But I’m not [surprised about the interest in the story] in the sense that it was a female-led drama. I’m not surprised that people saw [the story] and went, ‘Oh, that’s a bit odd.’

Producer Susan Mackie also said, "going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen."

With all of this attention on the pay gap within the show, it has now been brought to light that Claire actually isn't getting back-paid for her work.

"That was what was reported that I was back-paid. I've never mentioned anything about it and neither have the producers. The fact that that is 'fact' – is not quite correct,'' she told Al Arabiya

“Yes it’s Netflix, but it’s a British production company. It happened at the same time as it was coming out with a lot of other people that there was a lot of pay inequality across the board—in the music industry, in journalism, in every industry. It’s across the board that it became part of a bigger conversation, which is an odd place to find yourself in."

What do you think of this latest development?


Claire Foy won the hearts of many for her Golden Globe-winning role as Queen Elizabeth on The Crown, however, fans were hugely disappointed when reports that she was paid less than her co-star Matt Smith came to light last month. 

It was revealed that Smith, who plays Prince Philip in the Netflix drama, earned a whopping £10,000 more per episode.

In light of the controversy, reports are now claiming that Claire, 33, is set to receive a lump sum of £200,000 (€226,880) from the production company. 

Speaking about the pay gap, the actress recently admitted she was embarrassed by the whole thing, but insisted it was an eye-opening moment that would stick with her for the rest of her career. 

"It definitely opened my eyes to a lot. And I certainly won't be naïve about those things," Foy sad.

"It's really opened my eyes about what I am allowed to have an opinion about, and what I'm allowed to stand up for myself about.

"And I think that's really changed my approach to myself and other women in this industry. It's been only a positive thing – even though, embarrassing."

Matt Smith also commented on the situation, saying how he supported his co-star "completely." 

"I support her completely, and I'm pleased that it was resolved and they made amends for it, because that's what needs to happen," he said.

A new cast will take over Foy and Smith's roles in the next season of The Crown, with an air date yet to be revealed.



Netflix series The Crown was the centre of a huge pay-gap scandal earlier this year. It was revealed that star of the popular drama series Claire Foy was paid substantially less than her co-star Matt Smith.

The pair may have stolen viewers hearts with their emotional and jaw-dropping performances as Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth, but fans of the show were extremely disappointed to hear that the Doctor Who star was paid more than Claire Foy.

It is understood that Claire received £40,000 per episode for the first two series of the show, with Matt earning far more, although his exact earnings have not been disclosed.

The show’s producers admitted that the actor received more due to his previous work on the BBC series Doctor Who.

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Matt stated, “Claire is one of my best friends, and I believe that we should be paid equally and fairly and there should be equality for all.”

He admitted that he was relieved to hear that the matter had been sorted out, “I support her completely, and I'm pleased that it was resolved and they made amends for it because that’s what needed to happen.”

He believes that we need to work harder to make all workplaces more equal, “Going forward, I think we should all bear in mind that we need to strive to make this better and a more even playing field for everyone involved — but not just in our industry, in all industries."

Suzanne Mackie, who is the executive producer of The Crown, stated that from now on, “No one gets paid more than the Queen.”

The next series of The Crown is rumoured to air early next year, however, Netflix has not released an official air date yet. There will be a brand new cast with Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies taking over as Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.


Claire Foy’s breathtaking performance as Queen Elizabeth on The Crown will leave you speechless.

The actress has won the hearts of many for her Golden Globe-winning role, however, fans were highly disappointed to hear that she was paid less than her co-star Matt Smith.

Netflix revealed that Foy was paid less than the actor, who plays Prince Phillip, due to his previous role on the BBC’s Doctor Who.

According to Variety, the news was revealed by show producers Suzanne Mackie and Andy Harries at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem.

However, as the show enters its third season, the producers stated that they will amend the pay gap, “Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen,” said Suzanne Mackie.

Olivia Colman will star as Queen Elizabeth in season three and four of the drama series, however, Netflix has yet to confirm who will play a middle-aged Prince Philip.

Speaking of the third season, Suzanne Mackie revealed that fans are in for a real treat, “Those are going to be extraordinary, those episodes.”

With the introduction of young Princess Diana and Camilla Parker Bowles, the upcoming episodes are going to be better than before.

Filming for season three of The Crown will begin in July, with Olivia Colman, Helena Bonham Carter scoring roles as the royal sisters. Rumours have been circulating that Hugh Laurie will play a middle-aged Prince Phillip

The third season of The Crown will be set during the 1960s and 1980s, however, no air date has been released just yet.