Claire Foy won the hearts of many for her Golden Globe-winning role as Queen Elizabeth on The Crown, however, fans were hugely disappointed when reports that she was paid less than her co-star Matt Smith came to light last month. 

 

It was revealed that Smith, who plays Prince Philip in the Netflix drama, earned a whopping £10,000 more per episode.

 

In light of the controversy, reports are now claiming that Claire, 33, is set to receive a lump sum of £200,000 (€226,880) from the production company. 

 

 

Speaking about the pay gap, the actress recently admitted she was embarrassed by the whole thing, but insisted it was an eye-opening moment that would stick with her for the rest of her career. 

 

"It definitely opened my eyes to a lot. And I certainly won't be naïve about those things," Foy said.

 

"It's really opened my eyes about what I am allowed to have an opinion about, and what I'm allowed to stand up for myself about.

 

"And I think that's really changed my approach to myself and other women in this industry. It's been only a positive thing - even though, embarrassing."

 

 

 

Matt Smith also commented on the situation, saying how he supported his co-star "completely." 

 

"I support her completely, and I'm pleased that it was resolved and they made amends for it because that's what needs to happen," he said.

 

A new cast will take over Foy and Smith's roles in the next season of The Crown, with an air date yet to be revealed.

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