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Emma Thompson says she was 'always paid less than men ... and that's just wrong'

The i logo The i 29/07/2018 Jem Collins
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Emma Thompson is, without a doubt, one of the UK's most prolific actors. With two Oscars under her belt, and a CV including everything from Love Actually and Bridget Jones's Baby to Sense and Sensibility and Saving Mr Banks, she's no amateur.

However, in a new interview with Good Housekeeping the star has revealed she's never been paid equally for her work.

"I was always paid less than my male counterparts," she explained. "This is the fact: this person does the same amount of work for less money, and that's just wrong".

Emma Thompson © Getty Emma Thompson

'Publishing figures is the first step'

Looking forward to how the industry could help solve the problem, she claimed that "publishing figures is the first step".

"It's a forensic way of looking at how women are second class citizens and I really appreciate that because it’s not emotional.

“This is the fact: this person does the same work for less money, and that’s just wrong.”

Her comments come after a tumultuous year for equal pay, with thousands of companies forced to reveal their gender pay gap for the first time, with some companies reporting a gap of 80 percent.

Matt Smith holding a sign posing for the camera: Claire Foy starred as Queen Elizabeth alongside Matt Smith as Prince Philip  © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd Claire Foy starred as Queen Elizabeth alongside Matt Smith as Prince Philip 

Netflix's hit drama the crown were forced to apologise and pay £200,000 in back pay earlier this year, after Matt Smith was revealed to be earning more than his co-star Claire Foy.

The row has also affected other high profile industries, with several male journalists offering to take pay cuts to balance the books, including the BBC's John Humphrys, Huw Edwards and Jon Sopel and Channel 4's Jon Snow.

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