"The Crown"'s Queen Elizabeth was paid less than her male co-star

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Despite the fact that Claire Foy was protraying Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix's "The Crown", producer Suzanne Mackie still confessed she got paid less than her onscreen husband Matt Smith. Details of Matt Smith's own salary weren't disclosed at the time of writing, though Netflix has vowed to stamp out The Crown's own gender pay gap before Olivia Colman headlines season 3.

Foy, who was a relative unknown prior to The Crown, won a Golden Globe for her performance in Season 1, and was nominated again for Season 2.

We need to use the Claire Foy case to think about the universal implications of the pay gap, and the unsafe, roundabout ways in which it might be justified.

Claire's character was undeniably the main character of the show's first two seasons - which centred on the life of the monarch as she took on the role of Queen.

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She also won an Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a drama for the first season.

Wahlberg topped the list previous year with $68 million while the highest-earning actress, Emma Stone, made $26 million, Vanity Fair reported.

Helena Bonham-Carter will replace Vanessa Kirby as Elizabeth's sister, the late Princess Margaret.

According to Variety, Foy earned $40,000 per episode with Smith's salary remaining undisclosed but definitely higher.

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At a cost of $7 million per episode, The Crown is one of the most expensive TV series ever made.

Salary parity has always been a hot topic in Hollywood, but is more so now with the #MeToo and Times Up movements casting light on the treatment of women.

Actress Michelle Williams was revealed earlier this year to have been paid a fraction of what her co-star earned for re-shooting scenes in All The Money In The World after Kevin Spacey was replaced by Christopher Plummer.

Her male counterpart Mark Wahlberg received a negotiated fee of $1.5 (€1.2) million.

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