Recently today, news broke that Claire Foy, Queen Elizabeth in the acclaimed Netflix series The Crown, was paid less than her on-screen Duke of Edinburgh Matt Smith. Now, there are a plethora of rumours to why this is the case, we are here to explain the truth behind the fiction.
According to the shows co-producer, Andrew Eaton, the reason to why Duke of Edinburgh Prince Phillip Matt Smith was paid more was due to his previous fame on 'Doctor Who' whereas Foy was a relative newcomer. They said it would not be the case for the third series, when Olivia Colman replaces Foy.
Although it is unclear to this date what Smith was paid, Foy, who before The Crown appeared in the BBC's Wolf Hall, was reportedly paid $40,000 (£28,000) per episode for the first two series, which portrayed the monarch in the 1950s and 1960s.
The Crown co-producer Suzanne Mackie told a television industry conference in Jerusalem that the pay difference would be rectified.
"Going forward, no-one gets paid more than the queen," TV, Film and Entertainment news source, Variety quoted Ms Mackie as saying.
For the third series, which moves into the 1970s, Prince Philip will also be played by a different actor.
The ongoing disparity between men and women in the entertainment business is reflected in annual lists published by Forbes magazine.
With hope on the horizon for more equal pay, we can hope to hear more stories where salaries are rectified to appropriately pay actors the right amount for their role, not their gender or previous works.
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