Back pay for queen as “The Crown” closes gender wage gap

Back pay for queen as “The Crown” closes gender wage gap
Claire Foy, left, and Matt Smith pose at the premiere of season two of the Netflix series 'The Crown," in London. (AP)
Updated 30 April 2018

Back pay for queen as “The Crown” closes gender wage gap

Back pay for queen as “The Crown” closes gender wage gap
  • Claire Foy was reportedly paid less than her male co-star Matt Smith
  • Actor who played Queen Elizabeth II will receive $274,000 in backpay

LONDON: It cam as a shock to many when it was revealed that “The Crown” star Claire Foy was paid less than her male co-star Matt Smith, and it caused a royal scandal last month as the latest example of sexism in the entertainment industry.
It appears now, however, that the award-winning actor will receive back pay for her performance as Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, as the makers of the acclaimed Netflix drama seek to close the gender pay gap.
It was unknown how big the pay gap between herself and Smith was, with the wages for the actor playing Prince Philip in the first two seasons of the hit show undisclosed, but media reports said Foy would get about $274,000 in back pay.
“The Crown,” a series about the British royal family, is one of the most expensive television shows ever produced, with the first season costing a reported $130 million.
When details of the pay gap emerged last month, the producers attributed it to Smith’s six-year stint as the star of “Dr. Who,” one of Britain’s most popular television shows.
They did not give details of the gap and said they would rectify it in the future.
Foy, 33, won a Golden Globe and two Screen Actors Guild awards for her nuanced portrayal of Britain’s monarch in the 1950s and 1960s.
Other actors will take on the roles of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in season three of the show, as the characters age and the story moves into the 1970s.
The ongoing disparity between men and women is reflected in annual lists published by Forbes magazine. In 2017, Emma Stone topped the best-paid actress list with $26 million, while Mark Wahlberg was the highest paid man with $68 million in estimated annual earnings.
Wahlberg made news earlier this year when it was revealed that he was paid $1.5 million for reshoots on movie “All the Money in the World” while co-star Michelle Williams got $1,000.
Wahlberg later donated his salary to Time’s Up, the campaign against workplace sexual misconduct.