“Not even the queen of England can get an equal slice of the mincemeat pie,” The New York Times reports in a piece revealing that actress Claire Foy, the central figure in the acclaimed Netflix series “The Crown” for her portrayal of a young Queen Elizabeth II, has been paid less for her work than co-star Matt Smith, who plays the queen’s husband.
Foy won a Golden Globe last year for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama, for the role, along with a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Smith has been largely overlooked by the major awards.
The show’s executive producers acknowledged the pay disparity today at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem, The Times reports.
“Mr. Smith came to Netflix as an established actor in Britain, most notably as the titular character on the BBC staple ‘Doctor Who’ from 2010 to 2013 — a fact that informed the producers’ decision around salary, they said at the conference,” The Times reports. “Aside from a role in 2015 in the Golden Globe-winning BBC miniseries ‘Wolf Hall,’ Ms. Foy, 33, was a relative unknown when she was cast in ‘The Crown.’ But in the show’s first two seasons, which centered on her character’s reign, Ms. Foy became its breakout star.”
Netflix wasn’t commenting, but the show’s producers vowed to address the situation. Suzanne Mackie, creative director of Left Bank Pictures, which produces “The Crown,” is quoted in the report saying: “Going forward, no one gets paid more than the queen.”