Matt Smith has finally spoken out in support of his The Crown co-star Claire Foy, after it emerged that she was paid less than him.
The actor, who played Prince Philip in season one and two of the hit Netflix series, was paid considerably more than Claire – despite the fact that she played the lead role of Queen Elizabeth II.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Matt said, “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.”
“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.”
“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.”
The news comes after Left Bank Pictures, who produce the show, issued an apology for the pay disparity, and ensured that, “Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen.”
Meanwhile, other actors are set to take over from Matt and Claire for the third and fourth seasons of The Crown.
Olivia Colman will play the role of Queen Elizabeth II, while Tobias Menzies will play Prince Philip.
And according to reports, Helena Bonham Carter will play Princess Margaret.