Miranda Hart weighs in on The Crown pay gap scandal

Miranda Hart weighs in on The Crown pay gap scandal

At the INTV Conference in Jerusalem yesterday, producers acknowledged that Mr Smith was paid more due to his Doctor Who fame, despite Ms Foy having the leading role in the historical drama.

"Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen", executive producer Suzanne Mackie said, according to a report in Variety.

They did not reveal either salary - Foy's was put at US$40,000 (S$52,400) an episode by Variety previous year - but told a panel event in Jerusalem that Smith's 2010 to 2013 starring role in the BBC's Doctor Who had been the decisive factor.

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.

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The pay imbalance is something that will be rectified for the next four seasons, although it won't benefit Foy, who is done playing the Queen. So, for that matter, has Smith, 35, and nearly the entire cast.

Oh, dear: Even the Queen of England has difficulty getting paid as much as her male counterpart.

The rest of the cast have also been changed which means Matt Smith has waved goodbye to his time as Prince Phillip. However, what doesn't make sense is Foy didn't receive a significant salary increase for her award-winning performance in the first season. The period drama's unusual structure calls for an entirely different set of actors every two seasons.

Neither Foy nor Smith have commented on the recent revelations and there's every possibility that they were unaware of what went in each other's pockets anyway. British actress Olivia Coleman is stepping in to play the older monarch as upcoming Season 3 of the show moves into the 1970s. "The Crown is one of the most expensive television series with the production house spending around Dollars 7 million per episode for its two seasons". In 2017, Emma Stone topped the best-paid actress list with $26 million, while Mark Wahlberg was the highest paid man with $68 million in estimated annual earnings.

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