Claire Foy Made Less Than Matt Smith on 'The Crown' Suzanne Mackie, the creative director for Left Bank Pictures, confirmed the news at a conference in Israel. Foy, who played Queen Elizabeth, was paid less than her co-star Matt Smith. Foy was a relative unknown prior to the role but ended up as the focal point of the show and won multiple awards for her portrayal of the Queen. Smith on the other hand, played Prince Phillip but came in as a known commodity thanks to his work on Doctor Who. Suzanne Mackie, Left Bank creative director The show is actually moving forward in time to be closer to the present day and will be replacing almost all of the main cast, meaning Foy won't have the chance to make more than Smith, though her successor, Olivia Colman, will be the highest paid actor on the show.