The Crown producers apologize for wage-gap scandal, won't say if Claire Foy will get back pay

One week after leaving fans of its series The Crown angrily clutching their pearls after it was revealed that star Claire Foy was being paid less for her role as Queen Elizabeth II than her co-star Matt Smith was being paid to play Elizabeth’s husband and not-queen Prince Phillip, production company Left Bank has…

The Crown paid Claire Foy less than Matt Smith, even though she was queen and he wasn't

Netflix’s The Crown is currently in a transitional period, as the show prepares for a time jump regenerating the members of the House of Windsor previously played by Claire Foy, Matt Smith, et al into older versions of themselves. That calls for some recasting, with Olivia Colman set to take over as Queen Elizabeth II…

The Crown’s second season finale is an imperfect sendoff to a phenomenal group of actors

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“Mystery Man” isn’t just the end of The Crown’s second season, it’s the end of an era. This is the last time we’ll see Claire Foy, Matt Smith, and this group of performers before they regenerate into older versions of themselves for the next two seasons. (I’m not sure if any of the supporting players will be sticking…

One, two princes kneel before you as The Crown sings the British boarding school blues

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Before we dive into “Paterfamilias”—which is a strong episode with some fascinating things to say about masculinity and fatherhood—let’s talk about this season of The Crown as a whole. With episodes devoted to Philip, Margaret, Tony, Edward, and even more obscure historical figures like Lord Altrincham, it feels like…

A dramatic “peer sneer” rocks The Crown into modernity

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If your idea of a hero is someone who writes an op-ed about how annoying a female leader’s voice is, then boy does The Crown have an episode for you! I kid. “Marionettes” isn’t nearly as problematic as that description makes it sound. It is, however, an episode that lacks a bit of thematic depth. It shines a light…

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