Claire Foy was paid less than Matt Smith for 'The Crown'

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She may literally be playing the queen in The Crown, but Claire Foy is still suffering from the societal problems of us plebeians.

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.

They said from now on, no actor on the show will make more than the Queen.

According to Variety, on Tuesday, the show's producers said at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem that Foy, who won a Golden Globe for her work on the show previous year, made less money than her on-screen husband, actor Matt Smith.

I hope that whoever is replacing Smith (rumor has it that it's Hugh Laurie) will be making less money than Olivia Colman, as promised, because as Mackie said, "no one gets paid more than the Queen".

This kind of embarrassing pay discrepancy won't happen again, producer Suzanne Mackie assured the panel audience: "Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen".

The gender wage gap has been a trending topic of conversation in entertainment circles dating back to the Sony hacks, when it was revealed that Jennifer Lawrence was paid significantly less than her American Hustle male co-stars; the roiling #MeToo revolution and Time's Up initiative have put it squarely back into the spotlight over the past year. Her turn in BBC's Wolf Hall earned her a BAFTA nomination, and the series as a whole was a massive critical and commercial success.

She earned a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actor's Guild Awards for best actress following the first season.

Foy made $40,000 per episode, Variety revealed previous year.

However, I would like to state for the record that her getting paid less than Matt Smith is bullshit of the highest order. Prince Philip will also be played by a different actor.

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