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The gesture comes nearly two months after the media put the streaming giant on blast. Back in March, it was revealed that the queen of Netflix’s Emmy-winning original series was paid only a fraction of what her male co-star was making. Ironically, a lot of The Crown‘s first two seasons address the struggle Queen Elizabeth II had with getting England to take her seriously as a ruler because of her gender.
Now, according to reports, Foy and Smith have been compensated an equal amount for their time on the series.
All 👏🏼Hail 👏🏼The 👏🏼Queen 👏🏼 https://t.co/wg5LGhfTLF— Glamour (@glamourmag) May 1, 2018
According to the Daily Mail, “The difference in the wages between Matt and Claire in the 20 episodes of the show so far was backdated. It has all been amicably resolved.” Foy was reportedly awarded £200,000 in back pay, or roughly $275,000.
Back in March, more than 25,000 people signed a petition asking for Smith to donate his earnings to the Time’s Up campaign, which raises legal aid for victims of workplace gender discrimination and violence. While that donation didn’t happen, last week Smith told the Hollywood Reporter, “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’s what needed to happen.”
Christine Friar is a writer and editor in New York who focuses on streaming entertainment and internet culture. Her work has appeared in the Awl, the Fader, New York Magazine, Paper Magazine, Vogue, Elle, and more.