In 2017, Foy won best lead actress in a drama at the Golden Globes, and she was nominated for the same honor in 2018.
The executive producers of The Crown, Netflix's gilded drama about the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II, told an audience at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem that Claire Foy, who portrays the queen herself, was paid less for her work on the series than Matt Smith, who plays Prince Philip on the show.
They said from now on, no actor on the show will make more than the Queen. Smith, known for his stint as The Doctor on Doctor Who, spent considerably less time on screen in The Crown, yet producers admitted that he was paid more for both seasons of the drama.
The actor who played Prince Philip on "The Crown" made more money than the actress who played Queen Elizabeth II, and it's not a good look for Netflix given that Queen Elizabeth is inarguably the show's main character.
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Suzanne Mackie, creative director of Left Bank Pictures, which produced the Netflix series, added: "Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen".
Foy, however, will not be reprising her role as Queen Elizabeth.
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. Foy not getting equal pay on a show where her character and Smith's are constantly fighting about him feeling emasculated by her power is so deliciously poetic I could nearly laugh. New actors are being brought in to take over Foy and Smith's roles, among others, for the previously announced third and fourth seasons with those parts being recast for what is expected to be a fifth and sixth season. "I think we were the first television series ever to change cast and continue, and we will change cast twice".