Netflix’s hit show on Queen Elizabeth II, The Crown has shaken the hornet’s nest over pay gap. The online streaming giant accepted the presence of a pay gap for its top two characters of the Queen and her husband Prince Phillip. It has been reported that the Queen played by Claire Foy was paid less than her male co-star Prince Phillip played by Matt Smith.
But Netflix is trying hard to remove this discrepancy in the third season of the series. “Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen,” said the streaming giant on Tuesday, March 13. It further went on to clarify its pay gap issue by saying that Matt Smith had managed to negotiate a better deal for himself owing to his already found fame due to BBC's Doctor Who between 2010- 2013. However, as per this argument, Netflix cannot completely brush Foy off as a newbie for she had already earned herself a name with roles in Upstairs Downstairs and Wolf Hall.
Despite the clarification, Netflix has not been put off the hook. The gap could have still been made up for after the first season of the series. After the first season, Foy was much applauded for her role earning her a host of nominations, including at BAFTAs, Golden Globes, Emmys and Screen Actors Guild awards. She even won two SAGs and a Globe.
However, Netflix’s rectification comes too late as it will benefit Foy little. The actor has been replaced for the third season by Olivia Colman for the role of the Queen. Even Smith will be replaced, but his replacement is yet to be announced. Princess Margaret played by Vanessa Kirby too will be played by Helena Bonham-Carter.