Executives at Left Bank Pictures, the production company behind The Crown, revealed Matt Smith, the actor who plays Prince Philip on the show, earned more than Foy did on the Netflix series. The 96-year-old Prince Philip, the Queen's husband of 70 years, reportedly has a fraction of that net worth and recently retired from his royal position, no longer attending public events.
The Crown producers Suzanne Mackie and Andy Harries made the shocking revelation when they were asked about the stars' pay during a panel discussion about the series at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem on Tuesday.
"Seasons 3 and 4 will be the test of whether the show really has the legs to survive, " Harries said, per Variety. "Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen", Mackie clarified, signifying Olivia Colman will be getting the biggest payday when season three begins filming.
We too frequently underpay women and underestimate their talent, yet lament when they don't have "star power".
I hope that whoever is replacing Smith (rumor has it that it's Hugh Laurie) will be making less money than Olivia Colman, as promised, because as Mackie said, "no one gets paid more than the Queen".
If there is a lesson to take away from the first two seasons of "The Crown, " it is that no sane person would dare cross Queen Elizabeth II. Queen Elizabeth, 91, has a net worth of around $520 million, according to Wealth-X, a wealth insights firm, thanks to profits, real estate and collections that come from the Crown Estate and the Duke of Lancaster. Olivia Colman (Golden Globe victor for AMC's The Night Manager) will take over for Foy as Queen Elizabeth, while the new Prince Philip has yet to be cast. Her turn in BBC's Wolf Hall earned her a BAFTA nomination, and the series as a whole was a massive critical and commercial success. In 2017 and 2018, she won best actress in a drama at the SAG awards.