Claire Foy paid less than co-star on 'The Crown'

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The makers of the hit sitcom "The Crown" have made a decision to embrace salary parity after star Claire Foy earned less than her male co-star Matt Smith for the first two seasons. Actress Olivia Colman, who won a Golden Globe award for her work in "The Night Manager", will take over for Foy's character as Queen Elizabeth, while the new Prince Philip is yet to be cast.

Smith, 35, was not similarly honoured.

She said this was because Smith was better-known after starring in sci-fi series Doctor Who. They did not give details of the gap.

Many, both inside Hollywood and outside, have pointed out that Queen Elizabeth II is the main character: She wears the titular crown, and her performance is one of the show's highlights.

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".

Sadly however, the move won't benefit Claire herself, as the second season of the Netflix show was her last.

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If we base actors' salaries on their past roles, rather than the demands of their current ones, men will still, invariably, come up trumps. Prince Philip will also be played by a different actor.

Foy's agent did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.

At the INTV Conference in Jerusalem yesterday, producers acknowledged that Mr Smith was paid more due to his Doctor Who fame, despite Ms Foy having the leading role in the historical drama. Wahlberg later donated his salary to Time's Up, the campaign against workplace sexual misconduct.

In 2015, it was revealed that Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams were paid significantly less than their male co-stars for "American Hustle", and Bradley Cooper said he would be open about his salary in the negotiation process.

Mark Wahlberg made news earlier this year when it was revealed that he was paid $1.5 million United States for reshoots on movie All the Money in the World, while co-star Michelle Williams received $1,000 US.