Claire Foy made less money than Matt Smith on 'The Crown'

Danny Woods
March 14, 2018

How much more Smith was paid than Foy is unclear, but Foy reportedly made $40,000 per episode, according to a 2017 Variety report.

Foy, however, will not be able to cash in on that promise: The series is replacing its leads for season three, when Olivia Colman will step into the role of Queen Elizabeth II.

Appearing at a conference in Israel on Tuesday, producers revealed that star Claire Foy earned less than male co-star Matt Smith for the first two seasons of the Netflix hit. While Foy had been cast in both Crossbones and Wolf Hall, producers said she was not as well known as Smith but confirmed they would not be making the same mistake in the future.

While it's unclear what the gap between the two actor was, Claire and Dan won't be returning to their roles in later 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. For Season 3, the show jumps ahead to the 1970s, and begins shooting in July.

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Helena Bonham-Carter will replace Vanessa Kirby as Elizabeth's sister, the late Princess Margaret.

The trio claimed Smith earned more because he was a bigger global draw thanks to his "Dr".

"It's called libel", said Harries at the INTV Conference, Variety reported. "I'm lucky I discovered acting as a way of expressing myself, but unless you're given the permission to do that, you can't get it out", she said. "I think we were the first television series ever to change cast and continue, and we will change cast twice". Now that Claire Foy and Matt Smith are no longer playing the roles, the truth has come out that Foy - who won a Golden Globe, two SAG Awards, and was nominated for an Emmy - was paid less than Smith.

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