Not even the Queen herself is paid more than her husband, and she rules the whole of England! Well, the fictional England, anyway. Claire Foy, who plays Queen Elizabeth II on Netflix's The Crown, is being paid less than her costar Matt Smith, who plays Prince Philip.
According to Variety, each episode of the Netflix series cost about £5 million, equal to $7 million, and was shot over the course of 22 days. Within those 22 days, Andy Harries (CEO of Left Bank) says Claire Foy went through a whopping 120 costume changes.
But we digress.
When asked if and why Smith made more money off of the royal project than Foy, "the producers acknowledged that he did make more due to his Doctor Who fame, but that they would rectify that for the future."
“Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen,” said Left Bank creative director Suzanne Mackie.
Sadly, this does not mean Foy will get a pay bump. Both Smith and Foy wrapped up their roles at the end of Season 2, with Seasons 3 and 4 boasting new cast members in keeping with the show's overall vision.
Olivia Colman will star as Queen Elizabeth II, and Helena Bonham-Carter will star as Princess Margaret. No news yet on who will play Prince Philip, but according to The Telegraph, Paul Bettany is "in talks" for the role.
“Seasons 3 and 4 will be the test of whether the show really has the legs to survive,” said Harries. “I think we were the first television series ever to change cast and continue, and we will change cast twice. It’s daunting but exciting and I hope it’ll keep the series fresh and really of interest to people.”
Perhaps the first to change the entire cast, but shows like Doctor Who have been regenerating main actors for quite some time. Since fans have been given a fair bit of warning, we will probably pull through.
The third season will begin filming in July of this year, and the team is already really excited.
“Those are going to be extraordinary, those episodes,” said Mackie. She also hopes to see some modern faces in Buckingham Palace:
“I want to see an episode where Trump comes to Buckingham Palace,” said Mackie. And as for Meghan Markle, “She can play herself.”
Long Live the Queen!