Pay discrepancies have also been in focus in the United Kingdom - where The Crown is shot - after recent revelations that male presenters at the BBC were paid substantially more than female ones.
Except that won't include Foy, because she will not be coming back to play Elizabeth II due to the time jump, and she'll be replaced by Olivia Colman. Producers Suzanne Mackie and Andy Harries admitted at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem that Smith had a larger salary on "The Crown" because of his popularity from his run on "Doctor Who". Smith came into The Crown - where he played Prince Philip for two seasons - with considerably more experience after having spent three seasons starring as The Doctor on Doctor Who.
"Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen", Mackie told the audience following her pay disparity confession.
"Seasons 3 and 4 will be the test of whether the show really has the legs to survive", Harries said, according to Variety.
But for Foy, it's too late. That was a bigger draw for me, at least, to see Foy take her turn as yet another British Queen. For the next two seasons, all the roles will be recast with older actors. Smith's replacement has yet to be named. Beyond being the main character in the series, Foy's critically-acclaimed performance has won prestigious awards.
Foy played Queen Elizabeth in the drama from showrunner Peter Morgan, Sony Pictures Television Studios and Left Bank and earned a Golden Globe, SAG Award and Emmy nomination, among other accolades, for the part.
In 2017, Emma Stone topped the best-paid actress list with $26 million in estimated annual earnings, while Mark Wahlberg was the highest paid man with $68 million.
The show, which already broke records as one of the most expensive series ever made, will also face budget hikes as they seek to negotiate new deals with actors. USA Today reported that Williams earned just $80 a day, adding up to less than $1,000, while Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million total.