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Claire Foy was paid less than Matt Smith for The Crown

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Stacy Diaz | 14 March, 2018, 00:26

During a recent The Crown panel discussion, one of the hit Netflix show's producers, Suzanne Mackie, shockingly revealed that the series' star Claire Foy was paid less than her co-star Matt Smith for the first two seasons.

It should be noted that Claire Foy will not get the chance to earn a fairer paycheck on The Crown since every role is being recast for the period drama's third season, which will begin filming in July and jump ahead to the 1970s.

While the producers vowed to pay the their leading lady more in the future, Foy will not be the one to benefit from the change.

Foy, however, will not be reprising her role as Queen Elizabeth II.

According to Variety, on Tuesday, the show's producers said at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem that Foy, who won a Golden Globe for her work on the show a year ago, made less money than her on-screen husband, actor Matt Smith.

Ms. Foy was reportedly paid $40,000 per episode, according to Variety, out of the show's hefty budget, which is upward of $7 million per episode. Helena Bonham Carter takes over for Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret as new characters - including Princess Diana - will be introduced.

There has been no official confirmation yet about who will be playing Prince Phillip, who has been played by Matt Smith for the last two seasons.

"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.

The Crown is one of the most expensive television shows ever produced, costing a reported $130 million for the first season. 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. "It's daunting but exciting and I hope it'll keep the series fresh and really of interest to people".

Despite winning a Golden Globe for her performance, Foy's salary was lower than that of Matt Smith as the young Duke of Edinburgh. "You'll forget all about me and the rest of the cast".