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Claire Foy was paid less than Matt Smith on 'The Crown'

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may be the but she was paid less than her male co-star on series "The Crown".

Foy's nuanced performance as II earned her a for Best and an nomination but executives at Left Bank Pictures, the production company behind "The Crown", revealed Smith earned more than did on the show, reported Entertainment Weekly

was paid around USD 40,000 per episode on the historical drama, according to a report in Variety. But it is not clear how much Smith earned.

"is one of the most expensive series with the production house spending around USD 7 million per episode for its two seasons.

Left Bank said Smith made more money than Foy because he was already famous after playing the eleventh Doctor on the British TV show "Doctor Who" while Foy was a relative newcomer.

Foy and Smith are not returning for the third season as "Broadchurch" star will step in as

"Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen," Mackie said.

The of pay disparity did not go down well with Foy's fans, who reacted angrily on

"was paid more for than So just like!!!! Let that sink in!!!!," one fan wrote.

"'The Crown' is amazing, high quality TV. But every fan knows was THE stand out performer that made it shine. Her portrayal as the young Queen is a very top tour-de-force acting performance. No one should have been paid more than her," wrote another.

Pay disparity is a major issue in Hollywood and recently "All the Money in the World" filmmakers were criticised for paying little to compared to for the reshoots.

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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 13:35 IST