You might imagine that with the colossal budget injected into each season of The Crown, the show's production team might be a little more vigilant concerning the salaries of their stars. Apparently not. Invited along to the Jerusalem INTV Conference to chat about the Netflix show, producers Suzanne Mackie and Andy Harries were asked if the co-stars were paid equally – to which they awkwardly responded 'No'.
According to Variety, the pair admitted to paying Matt Smith, who plays Prince Philip, more than Claire Foy, who plays Queen Elizabeth II. Mackie justified the gap by explaining that Smith was more famous than Foy, thanks to his role in Doctor Who.
The pair did not offer an explanation as to why Foy continued to be paid less than Smith in season two after winning multiple awards for her performance in season one. While Matt Smith's talent is unquestionable, it seems absurd that Claire Foy would not earn as much for her part, after literally playing the role of 'The Crown'. Foy's salary has been revealed as $40,000 per episode; Smith's salary is yet to be revealed.
Mackie went on to assure the audience that: "Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen." Which will probably come as little consolation to Claire Foy, who is set to be succeeded by Olivia Colman in season three. Rumored to take over from Matt Smith is Hugh Laurie.