If you thought the most valuable person in The Crown would be the person who wears the crown, think again – producers have revealed that Doctor Who star Matt Smith was actually paid more for the Netflix series than co-star Claire Foy.
According to Variety, Crown producers Andy Harries and Suzanne Mackie revealed the disparity at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem on Thursday, stating the difference was due to Smith’s previous high-profile role in Doctor Who.
Claire Foy played Queen Elizabeth II, literally THE QUEEN, she carried the entire show on her back for two full seasons and her co-star was getting paid more than her because "he's more famous"??????? I'M FURIOUS
Just to be clear, THIS IS NOT ABOUT MATT! He is not guilty for Netflix mistakes. It’s about how women, even when they play a main role, don’t get equally (at least) paid. It’s about Claire Foy being THE CROWN and receiving less for that than her male costar.
Writer Peter Morgan also recently admitted that he “needed persuading” about Smith’s suitability for the role of Prince Philip.
“I’m ashamed to admit, I needed persuading about Matt Smith,” he said, “but I saw him with Claire and it was instant. Separate, they were completely different, but together their chemistry was incredible.”
The Crown season 1 and 2 are available on Netflix now