The Crown star Claire Foy was paid less than her male co-star Matt Smith for the show’s first two seasons, producers of the Netflix period drama revealed at a panel during the INTV Conference in Jerusalem on Tuesday.
Foy stars as Queen Elizabeth II, taking home a Golden Globe for her performance and clearly garnering more screentime than Smith, who plays Elizabeth’s husband Prince Philip.
The revelation that the show’s lead made less than a supporting actor is particularly surprising when considering critical reception. Foy received high praise for her portrayal of the restrained monarch, in which she nailed everything from the queen’s posh accent to her physical poise. She was nominated for an Emmy and won a Golden Globe for her performance in the first season, arguably placing her at the same level of fame as (if not higher than) Smith. She still received a smaller paycheck than him for the second season, which earned her another Golden Globe nod. The Washington Post has reached out to Foy’s and Smith’s representatives for comment.
USA Today reported that Michelle Williams earned just $80 a day filming “All the Money in the World”, adding up to less than $1,000, while Mark Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million total. Both actors were represented by the same agency.