Claire Foy paid less than co-star on "The Crown"

Claire Foy and The Queen

Claire Foy paid less than co-star on "The Crown"

Trade publication Variety quoted producer Suzanne Mackie as confirming Foy was paid less than Matt Smith, who played Prince Philip in two seasons of the series.

But still, it's a move in the right direction: 'Going forward, no-one gets paid more than the Queen'.

Colman will replace Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II, while Bonham Carter will portray the royal sister, Princess Margaret. "However, Hollywood and London may have to reassess whether there should be some kind of SAG pay scale".

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And Foy is the one who took home the awards: She won a Golden Globe and two Screen Actors Guild awards for best actress, and was nominated for an Emmy and for BAFTA awards. Foy, 33, whose only major acting credit prior to The Crown was a role in BBC mini series Wolf Hall, pulled in $40,000 per episode, according to Variety.

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.

We need to use the Claire Foy case to think about the universal implications of the pay gap, and the unsafe, roundabout ways in which it might be justified. Smith did not receive any award season recognition for his work as Prince Philip.

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If we base actors' salaries on their past roles, rather than the demands of their current ones, men will still, invariably, come up trumps.

Neither Foy nor Smith have commented on the recent revelations and there's every possibility that they were unaware of what went in each other's pockets anyway. The Crown costs $7 (€5.6) million an episode to produce. She also appeared on screen more than her TV husband, in scenes surrounding to the Queen's early days as the monarch.

Forbes's annual highest-paid list draws further attention to the gender pay gap. Wahlberg later donated his salary to Time's Up, the campaign against workplace sexual misconduct.

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