Netflix's 'The Crown' Paid Its Queen Less Than Its Prince

Carla Harmon
March 14, 2018

Appearing at a conference in Israel on Tuesday, producers revealed that star Claire Foy earned less than male co-star Matt Smith for the first two seasons of the Netflix hit. Smith, who'd done a stint as the Doctor on Doctor Who, was better known to global audiences than Foy, who was mainly recognizable in the United Kingdom.

"Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen", Mackie told the audience following her pay disparity confession.

"As you get nearer to the present day, there are a lot more people who are alive and well", said Harries.


The show, which already broke records as one of the most expensive series ever made, will also face budget hikes as they seek to negotiate new deals with actors.

That's good news for "Broadchurch" star Olivia Colman, who will take the reins from Foy as the show continues. 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. "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.

While the series will lose Foy and Smith, they've picked up Helena Bonham Carter to play Princess Margaret.


Season 2 of The Crown has plenty of drama - and attractive costumes. She took home the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama in 2017 for her role.

"Seasons 3 and 4 will be the test of whether the show really has the legs to survive", Harries said, according to Variety. Foy received high praise for her portrayal of the restrained monarch, in which she nailed everything from the Queen's posh accent to her physical poise.

Even when you're playing the queen, you still have to come in second to the needs of a prince.


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