After weeks of outrage, the producers of the hit Netflix series The Crown have decided to pay actress Claire Foy her fair share for her award winning performance of Queen Elizabeth II.
Fans were appalled to learn that Foy was paid less than her male co-star Matt Smith who played Prince Philip, even though she had much more screen time than him.
After the gender pay gap was exposed, the producers of the series apologised, and have now paid Foy an extra $364,000 to bring her on par with Smith’s salary.
Recently Smith spoke out about the issue at the Tribeca Film Festival.
“I think she should actually have been paid that originally in the first place and I think everyone’s taken a hard long look at themselves and gone ‘Here’s where we went wrong and can we go forward and make it right?’” he said.
“She’s the Queen for God’s sake. It’s ridiculous.”
Left Bank Pictures which makes The Crown said in a statement:
“We are absolutely united with the fight for fair pay, free of gender bias and for a rebalancing of the industry’s treatment of women in front of the camera and behind the scenes.”
Miles Heffernan from Discrimination Claims said it was great to see the producers of The Crown bite the bullet and do the right thing.
“I know they were under a lot of pressure, but good on them for acknowledging their mistake, and then doing something to fix it,” he said.
“I think it sends a strong message not only to the entertainment industry, but also to all workplaces that the days of paying women less than men for the same work are over.”
But in Australia it seems there’s still work to do.
According to Gender Pay Gap Australia, women earn on average $253.70 a week less than men, with the financial and insurance sectors having the biggest wage disparities.
“Women are also disadvantaged with many taking time off work and not earning an income when they have children, so to see them additionally penalised by not being paid what they deserve is like a slap in the face,” Mr Heffernan said.
The producers of The Crown have promised that Olivia Colman who will play an older Queen Elizabeth II in the next series will be paid the same as her male co-star Tobias Menzies who will play Prince Philip.
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