Matt Smith has finally addressed the gender wage gap controversy surrounding “The Crown”.
During a conference in Israel last month, producers revealed Smith made more money than his co-star Claire Foy for the show’s first two seasons.
Foy plays Queen Elizabeth; Smith, as Prince Philip.
Smith discussed the issue in a recent statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “Claire is one of my best friends, and I believe that we should be paid equally and fairly and there should be equality for all,” he said.
“I support her completely, and I’m pleased that it was resolved and they made amends for it because that’s what needed to happen
“Going forward, I think we should all bear in mind that we need to strive to make this better and a more even playing field for everyone involved — but not just in our industry, in all industries.”
Left Bank Pictures (the company that produces “The Crown”) executive producer Suzanne Mackie previously promised, “Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen.” Mackie did acknowledge Smith’s leading role on “Doctor Who” had an effect on his salary.
Most of the main cast of “The Crown” have been recast with older actors heading into season 3.