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

Jenna Warner
March 14, 2018

Queen Elizabeth, 91, has a net worth of around $520 million, according to Wealth-X, a wealth insights firm, thanks to profits, real estate and collections that come from the Crown Estate and the Duke of Lancaster.

"The producers acknowledged that [Smith] did make more due to his Doctor Who fame, but that they would rectify that for the future", Variety reported. Foy not getting equal pay on a show where her character and Smith's are constantly fighting about him feeling emasculated by her power is so deliciously poetic I could nearly laugh.

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.

There has been no official confirmation yet about who will be playing Prince Phillip, who has been played by Matt Smith for the last two seasons. She took home the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama in 2017 for her role.

The Netflix original series focused primarily on the monarch, Queen Elizabeth, played by 33-year-old Foy. Helena Bonham Carter will replace Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret, the queen's rebellious younger sister.

"We put that money on the screen", said Andy Harries, the chief executive of Left Bank, adding that 120 different costumes were created for the queen just for Season 2.

She was also nominated at the BAFTA and Primetime Emmy Awards. "It's daunting but exciting and I hope it'll keep the series fresh and really of interest to people". The success carried on into the second season, with Foy bringing home another SAG Award and earning another Golden Globe nomination.

This isn't the first time a woman has been paid less than a lower-billed actor.

Michelle Williams, billed as the film's lead actress, earned a fraction of what co-star Mark Wahlberg did for reshoots. Both actors were represented by the same agency.

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