A producer on the Netflix series told Variety that Foy, who played Queen Elizabeth for the show’s first two seasons, was paid less than Smith, her onscreen husband Prince Philip, because he was better-known after starring in the sci-fi series Doctor Who.
LONDON—A producer of hit royal drama The Crown says Claire Foy, who played the central role of Queen Elizabeth II, was paid less than her onscreen husband.
The Netflix series traces Elizabeth’s journey from princess to queen, beginning in the 1950s.
Trade publication Variety quoted producer Suzanne Mackie as confirming Foy was paid less than Matt Smith, who played Prince Philip in two seasons of the series. She made the reported comment at an industry event in Jerusalem.
She said this was because Smith was better-known after starring in sci-fi series Doctor Who. Mackie said the gap would be closed with the forthcoming third series, saying “going forward, no one gets paid more than the queen.”
Foy’s agent did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.