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Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 6:42AM EDT
Report: Claire Foy to receive "back pay" to plug The Crown's salary gap with co-star Matt Smith
Foy, who reportedly earned £29,000 per episode, will receive an additional £200,000 for her work.
Posted Monday 4/23/18 at 5:51AM EDT
The Crown's Matt Smith finally responds to Claire Foy pay-disparity controversy
"Claire is one of my best friends, and I believe that we should be paid equally and fairly and there should be equality for all," he told The Hollywood Reporter, adding: "I support her completely, and I'm pleased that it was resolved and they made amends for it because that what's needed to happen. Going forward, I think we should all bear in mind that we need to strive to make this better and a more even playing field for everyone involved — but not just in our industry, in all industries."
Posted Wednesday 3/28/18 at 6:02PM EDT
The Crown gets Tobias Menzies to play the older Prince Philip
The veteran of Rome and Game of Thrones and current star of Outlander and The Terror has signed on to co-star along with Olivia Colman for Seasons 3 and 4 of the Netflix series, playing Queen Elizabeth II's husband. He succeeds Matt Smith, who is eight years his junior. Menzies, 44, and Colman are the same age, born weeks apart. Paul Bettany was originally in early talks to play Prince Philip.
Posted Sunday 3/25/18 at 1:59AM EDT
Claire Foy responds to The Crown pay gap: It's odd to be at the center of a controversy you didn't ask for
“I’m surprised because I’m at the center of it, and anything that I’m at the center of like that is very very odd, and feels very very out of ordinary,” Foy tells EW. “But I’m not (surprised about the interest in the story) in the sense that it was a female-led drama. I’m not surprised that people saw (the story) and went, ‘Oh, that’s a bit odd.’ But I know that Matt feels the same that I do, that it’s odd to find yourself at the center (of a story) that you didn’t particularly ask for.”
Posted Friday 3/23/18 at 2:35PM EDT
The Crown alum Jared Harris calls Matt Smith-Claire Foy pay gap "an embarrassment"
"I think it's an embarrassment for Left Bank Pictures," says Harris, who played Elizabeth's father King George VI in Season 1 and who is the first The Crown cast member to speak about the equal pay controversy. Harris says Smith shouldn't be blamed.. "That's a function of the fact that, at the time when they made the deal, Matt Smith would have had a larger profile around the world (than Foy)," he says. "But they could've, at that point, paid her as much as him. That was their choice. And, right now, they're probably wishing they did."
Posted Thursday 3/22/18 at 1:53PM EDT
The Crown producers weren't responding to a "gotcha" question in revealing the Claire Foy-Matt Smith pay disparity
Deadline's Peter White, who moderated the INTV conference panel last week where Smith's higher pay than Foy was revealed, writes that he had met with executive producer Suzanne Mackie to discuss the #MeToo and Time's Up movements two days before she publicly admitted to the unequal pay.
Posted Tuesday 3/20/18 at 9:58AM EDT
The Crown producers apologize to Claire Foy and Matt Smith over equal pay controversy
Left Bank pictures, the production company behind the acclaimed Netflix series, released a lengthy statement offering its apology following the furor over the revelation that despite her leading role, Foy earns less than supporting actor Smith. But there was no talk about any further action. “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. Claire and Matt are incredibly gifted actors who, along with the wider cast on The Crown have worked tirelessly to bring our characters to life with compassion and integrity,” Left Bank said. "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 cannot be held personally responsible for the pay of their colleagues.” Foy, Smith and Netflix haven't reacted publicly to last week's news, which has sparked a petition for Smith to donate some of his salary to Time's Up.
Posted Monday 3/19/18 at 12:37PM EDT
Petitioners urge The Crown's Matt Smith to donate the difference in his salary with Claire Foy to Time's Up
A Care2 petition urges Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Smith to "show that they stand with women and do the right thing." Smith has yet to comment on last week's revelation that he is paid more than Foy, despite her leading role in The Crown.
Posted Thursday 3/15/18 at 9:45AM EDT
Could Claire Foy sue over her unequal pay on The Crown?
British employment law expert Sarah Calderwood thinks Foy has a case. "The Equality Act 2010 implies an 'equality clause' into every employment contract," she says in reaction to the pay disparity between Foy and co-star Matt Smith. "Where a woman is employed on 'like work,' 'work rated as equivalent' or 'work of equal value' to a man in the same employment, she is entitled to terms which are no less favorable than the man’s e.g. his salary. Claire Foy could bring her claim in the Employment Tribunal, however is has to be noted that there is a six-month time limit from the last day of employment and Claire could therefore be out of time to bring her claim." It's not clear when Foy stopped working on The Crown, since Season 2 premiered just three months ago. However, another employment law expert, Jennifer Pinder, suggests that Netflix's excuse that Smith was paid more because he was more famous holds up -- but only for the first season, before Foy racked up an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe victory.
Posted Tuesday 3/13/18 at 4:57PM EDT
The Crown vows to change its pay structure after admitting Claire Foy earned less than Matt Smith
Smith came into The Crown as a former Doctor Who, which producer Suzanne Mackie said is why he earned more than co-star Foy, despite her playing the lead role of The Queen. Still, producers plan to make sure that doesn't happen for the next group of actors playing the Royals. “Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen," said Mackie at the INTV conference in Jerusalem. As TV Line's Dave Nemitz points out -- calling the revelation "embarrassing" -- Foy was hardly an unknown in joining the Netflix series. She starred in the NBC drama Crossbones and played Anne Boleyn on PBS' acclaimed Henry VIII miniseries Wolf Hall. Alan Sepinwall, meanwhile, wonders if this is why producers seem to be more interested in Prince Philip than Queen Elizabeth II. "Sure, he's more famous than she is," Sepinwall says of Matt Smith. "But if you find yourself in a situation where you have to pay him more than her, find another actor. This looks bad and is bad. And speaks to the weird myopia of a show whose creator is bored by its main character."
Posted Sunday 1/21/18 at 3:26AM EST
Paul Bettany is in talks to play Prince Philip on The Crown
Bettany is set to take over the role from Matt Smith, joining Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II in the third season of the Netflix Royal drama.
Posted Friday 12/08/17 at 1:38PM EST
Matt Smith suggests Selena Gomez play Meghan Markle on The Crown
The Crown’s Claire Fox and Smith weighed in on Markle getting engaged to Prince Harry on Watch What Happens Live. “We love it that they’re getting married,” said Foy. “It’s amazing. She’s an actress, so that’s great.”
Posted Tuesday 12/05/17 at 9:36PM EST
The Crown’s Matt Smith feels sorry for Meghan Markle
"I feel sorry for her," says Smith of the Suits star. "It's such a transition in her life, and it's such a huge thing to take on. Life as she knows it is gone. But hey, she's marrying the prince of Britain—how exciting for her."
Posted Monday 12/04/17 at 6:02PM EST
The Crown’s Matt Smith says he’s been objectified: “This happens to men, too”
“The conversation shouldn’t stop at this industry just because these are ‘celebrities’ who we know about who are involved. It has to be broader,” he says of sexual harassment, adding that “it is not exclusive to (women). This happens to men, too.”
Posted Thursday 11/30/17 at 6:27AM EST
Former Doctor Who Matt Smith would like to team up with current Doctor Jodie Whitaker
Why not? I’d come back,” Smith tells MTV. “Yeah, if the timing was right. I think we’ve gotta give a few years to Miss Whittaker to get the Tardis under her belt, as it were, and then yeah – one day.”