I can’t say this surprises me all that much. Claire Foy was paid less than Matt Smith for working on The Crown. The lack of surprise being that prices are set not by some Platonic ideal of a just price, but by supply and demand:
Claire Foy, who plays the Queen in The Crown, was paid less than her co-star Matt Smith during the first two seasons of the hit show, producers of the Netflix series have revealed.
Executive producers for the series made the disclosure when asked during a panel event in Jerusalem on Tuesday if Smith, who played a young Prince Philip in the first and second seasons, was paid more than Foy.
In response, the series’ producers, Suzanne Mackie and Andy Harries, acknowledged the 35-year-old male English actor was paid more owing to his Doctor Who fame,
There are rather more pretty young women around who can both act a bit and also want to act a bit than there are male actors with a bit of fame behind them. The prices paid reflect this.
There’s really nothing more to it than that, is there? Do note that Adam Smith explained all this some 242 years ago when discussing the relative prices of diamonds and water. It’s really not a new insight.