Even Queen Elizabeth herself, the human embodiment of poise and restraint, would likely find herself angry to discover that the actress who plays her on Netflix's The Crown earned less than her male counterpart during the first two seasons of the critically-acclaimed period drama. It's too late for Foy to benefit from the new policy, though: Olivia Colman is set take over the role of Elizabeth as the show's plot line advances to the 1970s. She was nominated for an Emmy for her role in 2017.
When The Crown premiered in 2016, Smith was the more recognizable star thanks to his 2010-2013 tenure as the 11th Doctor on Doctor Who. The success carried on into the second season, with Foy bringing home another SAG Award and earning another Golden Globe nomination.
With season three set to swap out the entire main cast and time jump ahead, we have time to look back at the show's start.
The producers also admitted that the transition into a more contemporary story is a minefield for them, as they risk offending their actual subjects. Foy not getting equal pay on a show where her character and Smith's are constantly fighting about him feeling emasculated by her power is so deliciously poetic I could nearly laugh.
"Seasons 3 and 4 will be the test of whether the show really has the legs to survive", said Harries. And the show, one of the most expensive in television history, had a budget of $7 million per episode, while Foy was paid a reported $40,000 per episode. "It's daunting but exciting and I hope it'll keep the series fresh and really of interest to people".