Claire Foy made less money than Matt Smith on 'The Crown'

Netflix The Crown Pay Claire Foy Matt Smith

Netflix The Crown Pay Claire Foy Matt Smith

Last year, Variety estimated that Claire Foy, who played Queen Elizabeth II, was compensated around $40,000 per episode for the first two seasons of the series.

The producers said they would rectify that in the future, Variety reported.

Producers Suzanne Mackie and Andy Harries acknowledged to U.S. news outlet Variety that Smith's previous starring role in Doctor Who meant he was paid more than Foy - who had appeared in a number of smaller British dramas including the BBC's Wolf Hall prior to The Crown.

It has been announced that Olivia Colman will be playing Queen Elizabeth II, taking over the role from Claire Foy.

Foy's performance in The Crown has garnered her a BAFTA nomination for the Best Leading Actress on Television, two Golden Globe nominations (and one win) for Best Actress - Television Drama series, an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, and four Screen Actors Guild nominations, with two wins as the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series. The success carried on into the second season, with Foy bringing home another SAG Award and earning another Golden Globe nomination.

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"Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen", Left Bank creative director and exec producer Suzanne Mackie said at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem.

The producers also admitted that the transition into a more contemporary story is a minefield for them, as they risk offending their actual subjects.

Though The Crown was Foy's breakout role and Smith was more of a known commodity, especially in the United States, the actress did headline the series as the main character.

"Seasons 3 and 4 will be the test of whether the show really has the legs to survive", said Harries.

According to Vanity Fair, The Crown is one of television's most expensive shows with a per-episode budget of at least $7 million. "It's daunting but exciting and I hope it'll keep the series fresh and really of interest to people".

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