She’s the lead character and has far more screen-time than her male counterpart, but Clare Foy has earned less than Matt Smith for The Crown, it’s been revealed.

The gender pay-gap was revealed by producers of the show in a panel discussion at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem. When asked by a journalist, they confirmed Smith was paid more than Foy for the first two seasons of the Netflix show due to his Dr Who fame – but that this would be rectified on season three.

“Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen,” said Left Bank creative director Suzanne Mackie, according to Variety.

And deservedly so. Foy’s performance as Queen Elizabeth has been critically acclaimed, with the British actress earning a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actor’s Guild Awards for best actress for season one, and another SAG Award for outstanding actress and another nomination for the Golden Globes for season two.

Foy was paid US $40,000 per episode, Variety reported last year.

It’s the latest example of gender pay discrimination in Hollywood – Mark Wahlberg was famously paid an exorbitantly higher amount to film scenes for All The Money In The World than co-star Michelle Williams (he later donated the difference to Time’s Up).

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