Claire Foy was paid less than Matt Smith for The Crown

Claire Foy was paid less than Matt Smith for The Crown

However, Foy became a big-time star in her own right during the first season of The Crown, earning a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actor's Guild Award, both for best actress.

The Crown, Netflix's sumptuous, historically-based period piece starring Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II, moves at roughly the pace of a state dinner, and every so often, Matt Smith's Prince Philip whines to his wife about the diminished sense of importance he feels playing second banana to the sovereign.

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".

Producers attributed the pay disparity to Smith's name recognition after he rose to stardom as the title character on the British television series "Doctor Who".

The Crown's salary news is just the latest instance of Hollywood's egregious wage gap.

The makers of the Netflix drama, speaking at a television conference in Jerusalem yesterday, claimed Smith was paid more because he was better known when the series was cast.

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Following the revelation that Matt Smith earned more than Claire Foy during the first two seasons of the hit show, producers announced on Tuesday (March 13) that they have adjusted their compensation rates.

The Crown chronicles Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the present day.

"Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen", said Left Bank creative director Suzanne Mackie, per Variety. The 96-year-old Prince Philip, the Queen's husband of 70 years, reportedly has a fraction of that net worth and recently retired from his royal position, no longer attending public events.

When The Crown premiered in 2016, Smith was the more recognizable star thanks to his 2010-2013 tenure as the 11th Doctor on Doctor Who.

According to Variety, Elisabeth Moss earned $200,000 per episode on The Handmaid's Tale after racking up six Emmy nominations during her time on Mad Men.