'The Crown' Producers Apologize to Claire Foy & Matt Smith Over Pay Disparity

Brunilde Fioravanti
Marzo 20, 2018

"We want to apologize to both Claire Foy and to Matt Smith, brilliant actors and friends, who have found themselves at the center of a media storm this week through no fault of their own", the statement to Variety reads.

The company added: "As the producers of The Crown, we at Left Bank Pictures are responsible for budgets and salaries; the actors are not aware of who gets what and can not be held personally responsible for the pay of their colleagues". To some degree, it made sense that Foy would get less than Smith during the show's first season on Netflix, even though her role was larger than his; when they were initially cast, she was something of an unknown, while he was already famous for starring on Doctor Who.

Left Bank Pictures, the production company behind The Crown, in Tuesday apologized for the controversy around the gender pay gap between stars Claire Foy and Matt Smith.

The production firm continued: "We understand and appreciate the conversation which is rightly being played out across society and we are absolutely united with the fight for fair pay, free of gender bias, and for a rebalancing of the industry's treatment of women, both those in front of the camera and for those behind the scenes". It calls for Netflix and Smith to "make up for this sexist pay gap by donating the difference in their paycheques to the Time's Up legal defence fund for sexual harassment and abuse victims". As of press time, the petition has been signed by more than 25,000 people.

ET has reached out to Left Bank pictures. However, 33-year-old Foy won't be able to get equally compensated on The Crown as the actors have completed their time on the series.

Foy and Smith will not be returning to "The Crown" for its third season, with the stated plan being to recast the roles every two years to account for characters' aging. No actor has yet to replace 35-year-old Smith.

Smith, who played Prince Phillip, had a higher profile than Queen Elizabeth II's Foy when the series was being cast. Foy went on to win a Golden Globe and two SAG Awards for her performance.

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