The news that actress Claire Foy was paid less than her co-star Matt Smith on two seasons of Netflix’s The Crown caused outrage last month.
And on Sunday, Smith revealed that the show’s producers have now ‘made amends’ for the gender pay gap.
‘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,’ Smith told The Hollywood Reporter.
‘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.’
Matt Smith, pictured at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York Sunday, has revealed that producers of Netflix series The Crown have ‘made amends’ after it emerged his co-star Claire Foy was paid less than him for two seasons
The former Doctor Who star spoke to the publication at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York where he was attending the world premiere of his new film Mapplethorpe.
He didn’t clarify what he meant by saying that Netflix and Sony Pictures Television Studios had ‘made amends’ to Foy.
Smith said he supports gender pay equality, not just in showbusiness but in all walks of life.
‘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,’ he said.
Unfair: Foy starred as Queen Elizabeth II in the acclaimed series and had more screen time that Smith. The news of the gender pay gap caused outrage last month
‘Claire is one of my best friends,’ Smith told THR.com. ‘I support her completely and I’m pleased it was resolved and they made amends for it because that what’s needed to happen’
After news broke that, despite playing the lead role of Elizabeth II in The Crown, Foy, 33, did not earn the same or more than Smith, 35, who played Prince Philip, the production team behind the series issued a public apology to the actress.
The full statement, released to Variety on March 13, read: ‘We want to apologize to both Claire Foy and to Matt Smith, brilliant actors and friends, who have found themselves at the centre 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.’
The statement concluded: ‘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.’
Sorry: After news broke that Foy, 33, did not earn the same or more than Smith, 35, who played Prince Philip, the production team behind the series issued a public apology to the actress
Moving on: The cast will change for season three of The Crown to allow for the fact the royals are getting older with Olivia Colman as the Queen and Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip
Suzanne Mackie and Andy Harries made the shocking pay revelation when they were asked about the stars’ salaries during a panel discussion about the series at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem.
They admitted that Smith did make more due to his Doctor Who fame. He starred in the popular BBC series from 2010 to 2014.
Mackie and Harris did not explain why Foy, who had significantly more screen time in the biopic, continued to earn less than Smith in the second season, after she eclipsed his fame with her award-winning performance.
Big night: Smith, who stars as photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the new biopic, posed on the red carpet with his director Ondi Timoner, left, and actress Eliza Dushku at the film fest
Stylish: The actor commanded attention as he posed for photos at the SVA Theatre on Sunday
Claire gained critical acclaim for her portrayal of the monarch, earning a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actor’s Guild Award for best actress following the first season as well as receiving nominations at the BAFTA and Primetime Emmy Awards.
The Crown will return for a third season but without both Smith and Foy.
The storyline jumps forward for the next episodes that will take place with Prince Charles as a young man with Olivia Colman starring as Queen Elizabeth and Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip after Paul Bettany had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.