Entertainment & Arts

Royal pay hole? ‘The Crown”s Queen Elizabeth paid lower than her prince

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Even royals, it appears, might undergo from the gender pay hole.

Actor Claire Foy, who performs Queen Elizabeth II, attends the premiere of “The Crown” Season 2 in London, Britain, November 21, 2017. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

British actress Claire Foy, who starred as a younger Queen Elizabeth within the critically acclaimed Netflix collection “The Crown,” was paid lower than her co-star, Matt Smith, in response to the tv present’s producers.

Within the newest instance of pay disparity within the leisure trade, Hollywood commerce publication Selection reported on Tuesday that “The Crown” producers Andy Harries and Suzanne Mackie instructed a tv trade convention in Jerusalem that Smith, who performed a younger Prince Philip, was paid greater than Foy for the primary two seasons of the present.

Foy, 33, gained a Golden Globe and two Display Actors Guild awards for her nuanced portrayal of Britain’s monarch within the 1950s and 1960s. Smith, 35, was not equally honored.

The pay distinction was because of Smith coming into the present after a six-year stint as “Dr. Who” on tv – one in all Britain’s hottest exhibits, the producers stated. They didn’t give particulars of the hole.

The producers stated they might rectify that sooner or later, Selection reported.

“Going ahead, nobody will get paid greater than the queen,” Selection quoted Mackie as saying.

Foy, nonetheless, won’t be reprising her function as Queen Elizabeth. British actress Olivia Coleman is stepping in to play the older monarch as upcoming Season three of the present strikes into the 1970s. Prince Philip may also be performed by a distinct actor.

Netflix Inc declined to touch upon actor salaries. Representatives for Foy and Smith didn’t return requests for touch upon Tuesday.

“The Crown” is likely one of the most costly tv exhibits ever produced, costing a reported $130 million for the primary season.

The continued disparity between women and men is mirrored in annual lists printed by Forbes journal. In 2017, Emma Stone topped the best-paid actress listing with $26 million, whereas Mark Wahlberg was the best paid man with $68 million in estimated annual earnings.

Wahlberg made information earlier this yr when it was revealed that he was paid $1.5 million for reshoots on film “All of the Cash within the World” whereas co-star Michelle Williams obtained $1,000. Wahlberg later donated his wage to Time’s Up, the marketing campaign towards office sexual misconduct.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Modifying by Jonathan Oatis

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