EHRC also said firms could face ‘unlimited fines’ if they miss deadline
Claire Foy has reponded to the controversy surrounding the wage disparity between her and The Crown co-star Matt Smith.
Earlier this month it emerged that the 33-year-old leading star of the Netflix drama was paid a lower wage than her male co-actor because of his perceived higher profile.
However neither of the actors salaries were revealed.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly Foy said: “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.”
Meanwhile, Producers at Left Bank Pictures have apologised saying: “We want to apologise to both Claire Foy and 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…”
Meanwhile, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has said firms were now in the “last chance saloon” over publishing the gender pay gap before the 4 April deadline or face “unlimited fines”.
Fewer than 4,000 out of 9,000 have so far published the required data.
The EHRC also said it would instigate enforcement action on 9 April, which could lead to legal action and an “unlimited fine” set by the courts.