A Netflix producer just revealed that Claire Foy, who played the freaking Queen of England on a show ABOUT THE QUEEN OF ENGLAND, was paid less than her male counterpart, Matt Smith.
Both Claire and Matt played Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip on Netflix's hit show, The Crown.
The reasoning at the time, Mackie explained, boiled down to prominence: Matt Smith was an international figure due to his leading work on Doctor Who, while Foy was relatively unknown to viewers outside the constraints of the United Kingdom. “Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen,” Mackie clarified, signifying Olivia Colman will be getting the biggest payday when season three begins filming. (If you’re curious about specifics, Foy was reportedly paid $40,000 per episode.)
Naturally, people were NOT HAPPY.
Also, it was for BOTH SEASONS. Not just Season 1, when Claire Foy was mostly unknown.— Meredith Blake (@MeredithBlake) March 13, 2018
Understandable in the first season. Matt Smith had a huge following of Whovians who followed him to the Crown. He was arguably the attraction. But yeah Claire Foy should have been paid more. Both of their acting have been phenomenal— Banu Baarthi (@F1fanatic94) March 13, 2018
claire foy, who won a golden globe and 2 sag awards, is payed less than her male co star who was in doctor who for like 4 years pic.twitter.com/ojsOg5CAEi— kat (@claire_foy) March 13, 2018
But for real, y'all, CLAIRE FOY'S FACE WAS EVERY POSTER. If the experiment worked at all, it's because SHE worked. Certainly wasn't the writing. -H— Heather & Jessica (@fuggirls) March 13, 2018
Here's the even more unfortunate part.
Claire Foy, Queen Elizabeth in The Crown, earned less per episode than co-star Matt Smith. Unfortunately, she won't get the chance to make on-par salary - since the Queen ages on the show, she's been replaced by Olivia Colman for at least the next season. https://t.co/JR5ZnZHWUi— Sean Previl (@SeanPrevil) March 13, 2018
Ugh. Can Netflix just pay her the difference? She deserves it!