It appears that evidently even a queen has to battle for equal pay.
Producers of the Netflix sequence “The Crown” admitted throughout an INTV convention panel that the present’s lead, Claire Foy, was paid much less than Matt Smith, the actor enjoying her on-screen husband. Foy obtained an estimated $40,000 per episode for her award-winning portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II, whereas Smith’s wage for taking part in Prince Philip is unreported.
Producers attributed the pay disparity to Smith’s identify recognition after he rose to stardom because the title character on the British tv sequence “Physician Who.”
The present won’t let it occur once more, mentioned Suzanne Mackie, artistic director of the present’s manufacturing firm, Left Financial institution.
“Going ahead, nobody will get paid greater than the Queen,” Mackie mentioned, in line with Selection.
However that doesn’t assist Foy, who gained’t be returning to the present as a result of it jumps ahead in time in seasons three and 4. “Broadchurch” alum Olivia Coleman will play the queen, and Smith’s substitute has but to be named.
The 33-year-old Foy gained a Golden Globe final yr for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth and even earned the appreciation of the queen herself. Smith obtained no awards for his function on the present.
Netflix’s report comes amid a rising motion for gender fairness in salaries and alternatives in Hollywood. A number of distinguished actresses, together with Reese Witherspoon and Amber Tamblyn, have labored as advocates and organizers for the Time’s Up Authorized Protection Fund to assist girls throughout industries battle for equality within the office.