Claire Foy, Queen on ‘The Crown,’ Was Paid Less Than Her On-Screen Husband

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March 14, 2018 1:47 am Published by

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. “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. What Mr. Smith made for “The Crown” has not been disclosed.

A representative for Left Bank did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

For comparison, Chrissy Metz was reportedly paid $40,000 per episode for the acclaimed NBC drama “This Is Us,” which has had 18 episodes per season. Tituss Burgess reportedly made $90,000 per episode for the Netflix comedy “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” which has had 13 episodes per season. “The Crown” has had 10 episodes per season.

Don’t expect Ms. Foy to fade into the background, though. She secured the lead role in the film version of “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” part of the “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” series, expected in theaters this year. She’ll also star in “First Man,” a Damien Chazelle film, also to be released this year.

This revelation of pay imbalance is one of several in recent months, and it comes at a time when women are being more vocal about pay equality in Hollywood.

In January, it was revealed that Michelle Williams, the female star of the Ridley Scott film “All the Money in the World,” was paid a per diem of $80, a bit above the union minimum, for 10 days of added work after the disgraced actor Kevin Spacey was purged from the film and replaced with Christopher Plummer — a move that required reshoots. Her male counterpart, Mark Wahlberg, received the same per diem — plus a negotiated fee of $1.5 million.

As a response, Mr. Wahlberg and his talent agency donated $2 million in the name of Ms. Williams to a fund dedicated to fighting pay inequity and harassment of women in Hollywood.

Correction: March 13, 2018

An earlier version of this article erroneously credited an award to the actress Claire Foy. While she was nominated for the Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a drama for her work in Season 1 of “The Crown,” she did not win it.

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