Claire Foy breaks her silence on The Crown pay gap controversy

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Emmy-nominated Netflix series The Crown has been at the center of controversy after an executive producer (Suzanne Mackie) revealed that main star Claire Foy (who plays Queen Elizabeth II) was paid less than her male counterpart, Matt Smith.

"I'm surprised because I'm at the center of it, and anything that I'm at the center of like that is very very odd, and feels very very out of ordinary", she told Entertainment Weekly on Friday.

"I'm not [surprised about the interest in the story] in the sense that it was a female-led drama".

Actress Claire Foy says she finds it odd to be in the middle of Hollywood's major pay-gap uproar, which started after she opened up about her pay during the first two seasons of "The Crown".

At the time of the story breaking, a producer of the show explained that Matt Smith was paid more because he was better known following a six-year stint as Doctor Who. Mackie also added that she believes that it is important for the Queen to be paid more.

The revelation about the pay disparity inspired a large number of news stories as well as a petition at Care2 addressed to both Smith and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings asking they "make up for this sexist pay gap" by donating the difference in their paychecks to Time's Up.

Left Bank, the production company behind the series, issued a statement to both Foy and Smith last week, apologising for placing them in the middle of a media firestorm.

Now, Foy herself has finally broken her silence over the matter, revealing that while the scandal took her and Smith unawares she completely understands where people's frustrations are coming from. "Claire and Matt are incredibly gifted actors who, along with thewider cast on The Crown have worked tirelessly to bring our charactersto life with compassion and integrity", Left Bank said.

Left Bank Pictures, the production company behind The Crown, issued an apology to its main actors in response to the controversy.

Foy has relinquished her crown to Broadchurch actress Olivia Colman who will be taking over the role in season 3.

According to Deadline, the Golden Globe victor has finally spoken about the pay gap calling the whole thing "very odd" and that she was surprised to be at the center of something like this.

Helena Bonham Carter has since been rumoured to play Princess Margaret, replacing Vanessa Kirby.

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