She said the system invariably impacts women

Miranda Hart said there has got to be a change in the way actors are paid after it emerged Claire Foy earned less than Matt Smith for The Crown.

The creators of the Netflix drama have admitted that the Doctor Who star was paid more for his portrayal of the Duke of Edinburgh than Claire was for her Golden Globe-winning performance as the Queen.

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Claire Foy and Matt Smith in The Crown (Netflix)

Producers Suzanne Mackie and Andy Harries acknowledged to US news outlet Variety that Matt’s previous starring role in Doctor Who meant he was paid more than Claire – who had appeared in a number of smaller British dramas including the BBC’s Wolf Hall, prior to The Crown.

Miranda wrote on Twitter: “The archaic system that actors get paid more because they are more well known at start of a series has GOT to change.

“The ‘lesser known’ may carry the show, work longer hours (list goes on); this system invariably affects women more than men. Good on the producer for saying it.”

Suzanne Mackie has vowed that would not be the case in the third series, which sees Olivia Colman replace Claire Foy as the Queen.

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Olivia Colman (Ian West/PA)

“Going forward, no-one gets paid more than the Queen,” she said.

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