The Crown's lead actress Claire Foy paid less than male co-star

Matt Smith and Claire Foy star in Netflix's 'The Crown.'

Netflix's The Crown Paid Queen Elizabeth Less Than Prince Philip

She also acknowledged that Matt's experience on Doctor Who is what fueled the initial salary disparity. Mackie added, "Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen".

That's the correct response, but Foy is no longer the Queen wearing the titular crown, so it's not like it does her much good.

Good! Though not the best timing for Foy - as The Crown is recasting nearly its entire lineup of actors for seasons three and four, which take place in a later decade. But considering Foy's Queen Elizabeth is the anchor and driving force of the show, it's baffling that Smith would still be paid more than her in the second season. 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 Netflix original series focused primarily on the monarch, Queen Elizabeth, played by 33-year-old Foy.

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

The makers of the Netflix drama, speaking at a television conference in Jerusalem yesterday, claimed Smith was paid more because he was better known when the series was cast. After Kevin Spacey was accused of sexual misconduct, "All the Money in the World" director Ridley Scott replaced him with Christopher Plummer and called the rest of the cast back to reshoot pivotal scenes. "It's daunting but exciting and I hope it'll keep the series fresh and really of interest to people".

Michelle Williams, billed as the film's lead actress, earned a fraction of what co-star Mark Wahlberg did for reshoots.

In January, Forbes reported that the 10 highest-paid male actors in Hollywood brought in a total of $488.5 million, while the 10 highest-paid women actors earned less than half of that total, with $172.5 million.

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