Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Netflix's The Crown paid its queen less than its prince

Netflix's The Crown paid its queen less than its prince

It sort of makes sense Smith was offered more initially - producers acknowledged he was a known commodity from Doctor Who - but Foy was the evident breakout star, earning multiple nominations, and wins at the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards, and had a ton more screen time than Smith.

At a conference in Jerusalem Tuesday, Left Bank creative director Suzanne Mackie said Smith made more money than Foy due to his fame from playing the eleventh Doctor on the hit British series Doctor Who, according to Variety's report from the event.

According to Variety, on Tuesday, the show's producers said at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem that Foy, who won a Golden Globe for her work on the show past year, made less money than her on-screen husband, actor Matt Smith. So it's even a little more ironic that, although Netflix spent nearly $7 million per episode for The Crown, Foy was paid less for her work than Smith was. Olivia Colman will play the queen when the series resumes filming in July, while the new Philip has yet to be announced.

Claire Foy blew critics and audiences away with her turn as Queen Elizabeth on Netflix's expensive royal drama The Crown.

But that's a little too late for Foy, because the entire cast has been replaced by older actors for the third and fourth seasons.

The producers also admitted that the transition into a more contemporary story is a minefield for them, as they risk offending their actual subjects. "Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen", she said.

There has been no official confirmation yet about who will be playing Prince Phillip, who has been played by Matt Smith for the last two seasons.

The Crown chronicles Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the present day. In 2017, Foy won best lead actress in a drama at the Golden Globes, and she was nominated for the same honor in 2018. 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.

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