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.
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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?