But considering Foy's Queen Elizabeth is the anchor and driving force of the show, it's baffling that Smith would still be paid more than her in the second season.
According to Variety, on Tuesday, the show's producers said at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem that Foy, who won a Golden Globe for her work on the show previous year, made less money than her on-screen husband, actor Matt Smith.
But that's a little too late for Foy, because the entire cast has been replaced by older actors for the third and fourth seasons.
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The discrepancy in the actors' pay came up during a Tuesday panel discussion about the Netflix drama at INTV conference in Jerusalem.
"Seasons 3 and 4 will be the test of whether the show really has the legs to survive, " Harries said, per Variety.
The salary differences between the two actors is perhaps ironic due to Queen Elizabeth's sizable net worth and influence compared to her husband, Prince Philip.
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According to Variety, producers Suzanne Mackie and Andy Harries said they wish to rectify that pay gap in the future. "Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen", he promised. Recasting for the role of Prince Philip hasn't yet been announced. The showrunners are expected to make more announcements soon concerning who will be cast in major roles. "Broadchurch" alum Olivia Coleman will play the queen, and Smith's replacement has yet to be named. She was so impressive that she won a Golden Globe for her performance in 2017, along with an Emmy nod, and earned another Golden Globe nomination this past year.
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. Her turn in BBC's Wolf Hall earned her a BAFTA nomination, and the series as a whole was a massive critical and commercial success. 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.
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