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Claire Foy has finally been paid what she deserves for her role in The Crown.

Claire Foy received critical acclaim, a Golden Globe and a slew of other accolades for her performance in The Crown, but only now has she finally received fair pay.

According to a report in The Daily Mail, the 34-year-old Brit has been been handed £200,000 (AU$365,000) in back-pay, after it was revealed she earned less for her leading role than co-star Matt Smith (Prince Phillip).

Foy played Queen Elizabeth II for the first two seasons of the Netflix drama, which focused on the early years of the monarch’s reign.

Given the pair shot 20 episodes, it seems the former Dr Who star was paid approximately £10,000 ($18,200) more per episode for his role.

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The Crown pay discrepancy came to light in March, when the series’ executive producer, Suzanne Mackie, revealed at a television conference in Jerusalem that Smith, 35, received a bigger paycheck because of his profile.

Left Bank Pictures, the UK production company behind the lavish series, later publicly apologised to Foy over the disparity.

“We are absolutely united with the fight for fair pay, free of gender bias and for a rebalancing of the industry’s treatment of women in front of the camera and behind the scenes,” the firm told The Daily Mail.

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Claire Foy and Matt Smith starred in Seasons One and Two of The Crown. Image: Netflix.
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Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter in April, Smith said he supported equal pay for all women - including his co-star and friend, Foy.

“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," he said.

“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.”

Both actors only signed on to The Crown for the first two series. Olivia Coleman and Tobias Menzies will take over their roles for the forthcoming season, which will follow the monarch into the 1970s and middle age.

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