“The Crown” producers were royally flushed Tuesday after admitting that actress Claire Foy, who stars as Queen Elizabeth II, scored a smaller paycheck than male co-star Matt Smith.
Producers Suzanne Mackie, Andy Harries and Martin Childs acknowledged the pay disparity at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem, noting Foy made less than Smith, who plays Prince Philip, despite the fact that she’s the star of the Netflix drama, Variety reports.
The trio claimed Smith earned more because he was a bigger international draw thanks to his “Dr. Who” fame. He played the iconic sci-fi character from 2010 to 2013.
Mackie said that going forward, all actresses to tackle the royal role will take home a fatter paycheck, though it’s too late for Foy, who has been recast, along with the rest of her co-stars, going into Season 3.
“Going forward no one gets paid more than the Queen,” she said.
That’s good news for “Broadchurch” star Olivia Colman, who will take the reins from Foy as the show continues.
Foy, 33, reportedly earned $ 40,000 per episode in seasons one and two, according to Variety, while Smith’s salary remains unreported. Foy’s performance earned her much critical acclaim, including a Golden Globe, a SAG Award and an Emmy nomination.