If there is a lesson to take away from the first two seasons of “The Crown,” it is that no sane person would dare cross Queen Elizabeth II.
Netflix seems to have learned this too late, however, as it was revealed yesterday that lead actress Claire Foy made less than co-star Matt Smith for her work on the show. Show producers Suzanne Mackie and Andy Harries were asked during a discussion whether the actors playing Queen Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip, were paid the same amount. The pair admitted that Smith made more due to his “Doctor Who” fame, insisting that the inequity would be amended in the future.“Going forward, no one gets paid more than the queen,” Mackie said.
Unfortunately for Foy, she won’t be the one paid more. The period drama’s unusual structure calls for an entirely different set of actors every two seasons. While Foy and Smith depicted the royal couple from the beginning of Queen Elizabeth’s reign until the mid-1960s, their characters have been recast for the third and fourth seasons.