Lead Actress Claire Foy Made Less Than Co-Star Matt Smith On ‘The Crown’

The Playlist | 3/13/2018 | Charles Barfield
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Common sense would dictate that if you play the lead in a TV series, you should get paid the most. Well, if you are Claire Foy from Netflix’s “The Crown,” then, infuriatingly, that isn’t the case.

While speaking at the INTV Conference, “The Crown” producers Andy Harries and Suzanne Mackie, dropped a few budgetary nuggets about the acclaimed Netflix series about Queen Elizabeth II. First, Harries had some foreboding words about the repercussions of Netflix’s latest spending spree on the budgets of their current TV series, including “The Crown.”

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“We’re victims of our own success, but so is Netflix,” said Harries. “The Ryan Murphy deal is a problem for us all.” The deal in question could potentially pay out $300 million to Murphy.

The producers went even further, breaking down the cost of each episode of the period drama. Apparently, according to Harries, each episode cost upwards of $7 million and shot for 22 days. “We put that money on the screen,” said Harries. He also...
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