Claire Foy made less than Matt Smith on ‘The Crown’
“Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen,” said Left Bank creative director Suzanne Mackie, per Variety.
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.
It sort of makes sense Smith was offered more initially – producers acknowledged he was a known commodity from Doctor Who – but Foy was the evident breakout star, earning multiple nominations, and wins at the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards. Also, she is the titular role and has a ton more screen time than Smith. So… what’s their excuse for Season 2?
Moving forward, Queen Elizabeth will be played by Olivia Colman, an established television and film actress who even has experience playing the same queen (2012’s Hyde Park on Hudson). That makes negotiating contracts a little easier than it would have been for Foy.
Mackie also teased the show’s future and the idea of the Netflix drama catching up with present day (Meghan Markle would play herself).
For the forthcoming third season, Prince Phillip has yet to be cast, though Helena Bonham Carter will portray Princess Margaret.