Claire Foy Says Reports She Received Back Pay For The Crown Aren't True

"The fact that that is ‘fact’ is -- not quite correct."

After it was revealed that Claire Foy was paid significantly less than her male co-star Matt Smith for their work on Netflix's The Crown, reports circulated that Foy's pay would be adjusted and she'd receive back pay.

A producer let it slip during a panel that Foy was paid less and after a great deal of backlash, the production company announced it would never happen again -- plus a report was circulated that announced Foy would receive around $350,000 AUD in back pay.

Now, Foy is saying that's not the case.

In an interview with Al Arabiya Foy responded to a Daily Mail claim that she was to receive backdated pay saying, "That was what was reported that I was back-paid. I’ve never mentioned anything about it and neither have the producers".

"The fact that that is ‘fact’ is -- not quite correct."

Foy also spoke about what it was like to be swept up in the controversy, considering the actor found out about the pay discrepancy when the rest of us did.

"It happened at the same time as it was coming out with a lot of other people that there was a lot of pay inequality across the board -- in the music industry, in journalism, in every industry. It’s across the board that it became part of a bigger conversation, which is an odd place to find yourself in."

During the initial panel, producer Suzanne Mackie agreed, "It's really important for the Queen to be paid more".

Unfortunately for Foy, Mackie's promise to make sure that the leading actor in the series will be paid the same as her male co-stars won't help her as much considering Season 3 of The Crown will usher in an entirely new cast.

In order for the characters to age realistically the series promised to re-cast the roles every two seasons. The upcoming season will see Olivia Coleman stepping into the role of Queen Elizabeth II.

Coleman will be joined by Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip, Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret, Ben Daniels as Anthony Armstrong-Jones, Erin Doherty as Princess Anne and Josh O'Connor as Prince Charles.

The third season will reportedly span 1964 to 1974, and while it doesn't have a release date it's believed shooting began this month and the season will drop some time in 2019. There are rumours that the third season will see the introduction of Princess Diana to the series.

Foy is currently promoting her upcoming film The Girl in the Spider's Web where she takes on the role of Lisbeth Salander in the follow-up to the 2011 film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

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