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AL­READY an ac­claimed ac­tor, her role in The Crown has made Claire Foy a house­hold name in the UK.

But it emerged yes­ter­day that she was paid less than her co-star Matt Smith, who played Prince Philip — even though he had far less screen time.

The mak­ers of the Net­flix drama ad­mit­ted the pay gap at a TV con­fer­ence in Jerusalem yes­ter­day, claim­ing Smith earned more be­cause he was bet­ter known when the se­ries was cast. Smith be­came an in­ter­na­tional star af­ter tak­ing on the role of the 11th Doc­tor Who, whereas Foy, 33, had ap­peared in lesser known Bri­tish dra­mas. De­spite win­ning a Golden Globe for her de­pic­tion of the Queen, Foy was paid just £29,000 an episode.

Claire Foy.

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