Paul Bettany missed out on a role in 'The Crown' because of a diary clash.

The 46-year-old actor was set to play Prince Philip in the upcoming series of the Netflix series but a clash of dates meant he was unable to take on the part and Tobias Menzies has now taken the role.

Speaking on ITV's Lorraine, he said: ''We discussed it. We just couldn't come to terms on dates really. That is all that happened. 100 per cent, I'll remain a fan of it - it's fantastic.''

Meanwhile, producers of 'The Crown' were recently forced to apologise after it was revealed that Claire Foy was paid less than her co-star Matt Smith.

Left Bank Pictures said in a statement: ''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.

''We understand and appreciate the conversation which is rightly being played out across society and we are absolutely united with the fight for fair pay, free of gender bias, and for a rebalancing of the industry's treatment of women, both those in front of the camera and for those behind the scenes. We all have a responsibility to do what we can to ensure that these issues are tackled, and as a leading production company we want to make our contribution to the debate. As company policy we are engaged in conversations with ERA 50:50 and going forward are keen to talk to Times Up UK; organisations which are working to ensure all women have a voice.''