Confirmed: Claire Foy Was Paid Less Than Matt Smith on 'The Crown'

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Actors Claire Foy, who plays Queen Elizabeth II, and Matt Smith who plays Philip Duke of Edinburgh, attend the premiere of "The Crown" Season 2 in London, Britain, November 21, 2017.

The Crown, Netflix's sumptuous, historically-based period piece starring Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II, moves at roughly the pace of a state dinner, and every so often, Matt Smith's Prince Philip whines to his wife about the diminished sense of importance he feels playing second banana to the sovereign.

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

Producers Suzanne Mackie and Andy Harries acknowledged to U.S. news outlet Variety that Smith's previous starring role in Doctor Who meant he was paid more than Foy - who had appeared in a number of smaller British dramas including the BBC's Wolf Hall prior to The Crown.

The salary differences between the two actors is perhaps ironic due to Queen Elizabeth's sizable net worth and influence compared to her husband, Prince Philip.

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Suzanne Mackie, creative director of Left Bank Pictures, which produced the Netflix series, added: "Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen". "Broadchurch" alum Olivia Coleman will play the queen, and Smith's replacement has yet to be named.

When The Crown premiered in 2016, Smith was the more recognizable star thanks to his 2010-2013 tenure as the 11th Doctor on Doctor Who. Foy's salary for her two-season run was only $40,000 an episode.

She was also nominated at the BAFTA and Primetime Emmy Awards.

But that doesn't help Foy, who won't be returning to the show because it jumps forward in time in seasons three and four. The showrunners are expected to make more announcements soon concerning who will be cast in major roles.

"The Crown" is one of the most expensive television shows ever produced, costing a reported $130 million for the first season.

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