Netflix's The Crown Paid Queen Elizabeth Less Than Prince Philip

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While the series will lose Foy and Smith, they've picked up Helena Bonham Carter to play Princess Margaret.

The revelation came during a panel discussion about the series at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem on Tuesday, when The Crown producers Suzanne Mackie and Andy Harries were asked whether series star Claire Foy was paid more than co-star Matt Smith, who played Queen Elizabeth's husband Prince Philip.

Except that won't include Foy, because she will not be coming back to play Elizabeth II due to the time jump, and she'll be replaced by Olivia Colman. They cited Smith's previous starring role in Doctor Who as justification for the higher rate, but apparently didn't specify the actors' actual salaries.

According to Vanity Fair, The Crown is one of television's most expensive shows with a per-episode budget of at least $7 million.

This demonstrates the problematic wage gap in the industry. Foy received an estimated $40,000 per episode for her award-winning portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II, while Smith's salary for playing Prince Philip is unreported.

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"Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen", said Suzanne Mackie, one of the show's British producers, in comments reported by Variety. The success carried on into the second season, with Foy bringing home another SAG Award and earning another Golden Globe nomination.

She was also nominated at the BAFTA and Primetime Emmy Awards.

Foy, however, won't get the benefit of a pay raise.

Oh, dear: Even the Queen of England has difficulty getting paid as much as her male counterpart. The showrunners are expected to make more announcements soon concerning who will be cast in major roles. Now, I could have accepted this sort of thing in the first season, begrudgingly, but by season two, there should have been some sort of pay bump for Foy, although I'm sure there was a contract issue that would have protected the production.