Controversy ensued when it was revealed that Claire Foy was paid less than co-star Matt Smith for “The Crown”. Now it’s being reported that the actress has received a retroactive raise to attain salary parity with Smith.
Many found it outrageous that Foy received less money than Smith for “The Crown”, even though she played the larger role of Queen Elizabeth II while Smith portrayed Prince Philip for the first two seasons of the Netflix drama. Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies will play the roles in the upcoming third season, which jumps ahead several years.
However, that inequity has been addressed, with The Telegraph reporting that Foy has received £200,000 (approximately $350,000 in Canadian dollars) in back pay, reportedly representing the £10,000-per-episode difference between her salary and Smith’s.
According to The Telegraph, Foy reportedly earned £29,000 per episode, while Smith’s salary hasn’t been revealed.
A source confirmed to The Daily Mail that the disparity has been addressed. “The difference in the wages between Matt and Claire in the 20 episodes of the show so far was backdated,” said the source. “It has all been amicably resolved.”
Meanwhile, Smith addressed the controversy last week in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, hinting about “amends” that had been made.
“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,” said the former “Doctor Who” star. “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.”
As THR reports, creative director and executive producer Suzanne Mackie of Left Bank (which produces “The Crown” for Netflix) divulged that the pay disparity was due to the fact that Smith had more of a marquee name than Foy, who was relatively unknown when she was cast in “The Crown”, but promised that will never happen again.
“Going forward, no one gets paid more than the queen,” she said.