Actress Claire Foy has spoken out for the first time since the news that she was paid less than her 'Crown' co-star Matt Smith.
Left Bank Pictures, the British film and television production company behind 'The Crown', revealed that Foy (who played Queen Elizabeth), was paid less than Smith (who played Prince Philip).
The reason behind the pay gap was because Smith had 'a bigger profile' after making a name for himself on 'Doctor Who'.
Foy admitted that she has been "surprised" and that it is "very, very odd" for her to be at the centre of the controversy.
She told Entertainment Weekly: "I'm surprised because I'm at the centre of it, and anything that I'm at the centre of like that is very, very odd, and feels very, very out of ordinary.
"But I'm not [surprised about the interest in the story] in the sense that it was a female-led drama.
"I'm not surprised that people saw [the story] and went, 'Oh, that's a bit odd.' But I know that Matt feels the same that I do, that it's odd to find yourself at the centre [of a story] that you didn't particularly ask for."
Left Bank Pictures have apologised:
"We want to apologise to both Claire Foy and to Matt Smith, brilliant actors and friends, who have found themselves at the centre of a media storm this week through no fault of their own. Claire and Matt are incredibly gifted actors who, along with the wider cast on 'The Crown' have worked tirelessly to bring our characters to life with compassion and integrity.
"As the producers of 'The Crown', we at Left Bank Pictures are responsible for budgets and salaries; the actors are not aware of who gets what, and cannot be held personally responsible for the pay of their colleagues."