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Claire Foy may have been the lead of Netflix’s “The Crown,” playing Queen Elizabeth II across the show’s first two seasons, but she wasn’t getting paid as much as co-star Matt Smith. Producers Suzanne Mackie and Andy Harries admitted at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem that Smith had a larger salary on “The Crown” because of his popularity from his run on “Doctor Who.” Foy was mostly unknown when she was cast and became a breakout actress because of the show’s success.
According to Vanity Fair, “The Crown” is one of television’s most expensive shows with a per-episode budget of at least $7 million. Foy’s salary for her two-season run was only $40,000 an episode. The pay gap on “The Crown” is especially egregious since female empowerment is one of the series’ main themes.
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