Claire Foy Reportedly Received $272,466 In Backpay Following 'The Crown's Pay Gap Controversy
Get that paper, girl.
Back in March, a producer let slip that The Crown's crown jewel, Claire Foy, had earned less than her male co-star Matt Smith. At the time, the pay discrepancy was chalked up to the actors' prominence prior to the show's first season. Smith, who'd done a stint on Doctor Who, was better known to international audiences than Foy.
There was – rightfully – outrage over the news. Foy played Queen Elizabeth II for two seasons and did so damn well. The 34-year-old actress even earned a Golden Globe for the role.
Well, it looks like The Crown's producers have attempted to make things right.
The Mail on Sunday reports the producers recently paid Foy a sum of £200,000 ($272,466) to make up for the glaring pay disparity. The total suggests Smith was paid £10,000 ($13,617) more than his queenly counterpart for 20 episodes on The Crown.
Smith recently spoke to the Hollywood Reporter about the pay discrepancy.
"Claire is one of my best friends and I believe that we should be paid equally and fairly and there should be equality for all," said the actor just last week. "I support her completely and I’m pleased that it was resolved and they made amends for it because that’s what needed to happen."
Smith continued, "I think we should all bear in mind that we need to strive to make this better and a more even playing field for everyone involved — but not just in our industry, in all industries."
Rest assured, Olivia Colman (the actress tapped to play Elizabeth in the next two seasons), will be rightly compensated.
The Crown's executive producer, Suzanne Mackie, stated at a conference that, "Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen."