Monday, 23 July, 2018

Claire Foy was paid less than Matt Smith for The Crown

Claire Foy was paid less than Matt Smith for The Crown Claire Foy was paid less than Matt Smith for The Crown
Lora Ball | 13 March, 2018, 23:19

Netflix is adjusting the pay of its stars on The Crown.

Producers point to Smith's starring role in "Doctor Who" - he played the sci-fi hit's Eleventh Doctor from 2010 to 2014 - as the reason for him making more than Foy.

But that doesn't help Foy, who won't be returning to the show because it jumps forward in time in seasons three and four.

The Crown's salary news is just the latest instance of Hollywood's egregious wage gap.

They didn't explain why Foy continued to earn less than Smith in the second season, after she eclipsed his fame with her award-winning performance.

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"Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen", said Mackie. (When Smith first started on "Doctor Who" nearly 10 years ago, he signed a three-year, £600,000 contract - just over $1 million in Canadian dollars.) "The Crown", one of the most expensive TV shows in history, had an approximate budget of US$7 million an episode.

Netflix's The Crown may be one of the most expensive series ever made, but whoever crafted the budget clearly wasn't thinking about the optics of paying the queen less than her male co-star. British actress Olivia Coleman is stepping in to play the older monarch as upcoming Season 3 of the show moves into the 1970s.

Last year, Variety reported that, compared to Foy, more established female television stars like _Elizabeth Moss of The Handmaid's Tale-who earned seven Emmy nominations during her Mad Men run-commanded a reported $200,000 per episode. Her turn in BBC's Wolf Hall earned her a BAFTA nomination, and the series as a whole was a massive critical and commercial success. If the (TV version of the) queen of the freaking commonwealth can't get fair pay, what hope do the rest of us have?

Claire Foy appears in a scene from "The Crown".

However, I would like to state for the record that her getting paid less than Matt Smith is bullshit of the highest order. The showrunners are expected to make more announcements soon concerning who will be cast in major roles.

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