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Claire Foy’s Fight For Equal Pay On ‘The Crown’ May Have Proven Success

Claire Foy's Fight For Equal Pay On 'The Crown' May Have Proven Success

The Actress Made A Huge Difference Within The Industry

After a huge scandal in 2018 and six years of fighting for an equal pay between male and female actors on the Netflix hit show The Crown, Claire Foy is finally getting some justice as the show pays off other female co-stars of hers.

A Battle That Started Back In 2018

When in March 2018 it was revealed that Claire Foy, the Golden Globe-winning lead actress of The Crown, was paid less than her male co-star Matt Smith (who played Prince Phillip alongside Foy’s Queen Elizabeth), people were outraged, so much so that they started calling out Smith to donate the difference in salary to the Time’s Up movement. Left Bank Pictures, the production company behind the Netflix series, gave a mea culpa a week later, apologizing to the actors who found themselves at the center of a media storm, and releasing a statement via Deadline saying that the company is solely “responsible for budgets and salaries; the actors are not aware of who gets what, and cannot be held personally responsible for the pay of their colleagues.”

A pay gap did make somewhat of a sense in the first season, as Claire Foy was a relatively unknown actress while Smith was already famous for starring in Doctor Who (although Foy’s role in the series was much bigger than Smith’s). However, she was shot to stardom by that very series, gaining a Golden Globe and two Emmys, making any future pay gap a true injustice.

Claire Foy's Fight For Equal Pay On 'The Crown' May Have Proven Success
Claire Foy and Matt Smith in ‘The Crown’ Photo by Netflix

Justice Is Finally Served

Following the scandal, Left Bank Pictures pledged this would never happen again on the production. Foy is conscious about the difference she made within the industry: “The difference is, as the female actor, you will get told you get parity,” she told The Times newspaper this weekend. “I’ve had people come up to me and say that they’ve been paid equal because of it. The industry will always try to keep as much at the top as humanly possible but the capacity to keep it all under lock and key is gone.” 

Foy will next appear in the film All of Us Strangers, co-starring Andrew Scott and Oscar-nominee Paul Mescal, releasing January 26, 2024 in the United Kingdom.

Stay tuned for more news coming up.

Claire Foy's Fight For Equal Pay On 'The Crown' May Have Proven Success
Claire Foy and Matt Smith in ‘The Crown’ Photo by Netflix

The Crown (2016-2023) Official Netflix Trailer

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Federico was born on July 20, 1998, in Trieste, Italy. Film enthusiast for as long as he can remember, he graduated in Philosophy at the University of Turin. His lifelong dream is to become a storyteller, and he’s currently planning his next step to (hopefully!) make this dream come true.

Cailen Fienemann is a current student at Le Moyne College pursuing her BA in English and Communications with a film studies minor and a creative writing concentration.  Though uncertain about her career end-goals, any job that allows her to write is a cherished one indeed.