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 a year ago, made less money than her on-screen husband, actor Matt Smith.
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.
Foy's performance in The Crown has garnered her a BAFTA nomination for the Best Leading Actress on Television, two Golden Globe nominations (and one win) for Best Actress - Television Drama series, an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, and four Screen Actors Guild nominations, with two wins as the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series.
We too frequently underpay women and underestimate their talent, yet lament when they don't have "star power".
Netflix's The Crown may be one of the most expensive series ever made, but whoever crafted the budget clearly wasn't thinking about the optics of paying the queen less than her male co-star. The showrunners are expected to make more announcements soon concerning who will be cast in major roles. While Foy and Smith depicted the royal couple from the beginning of Queen Elizabeth's reign until the mid-1960s, their characters have been recast for the third and fourth seasons.
The Crown chronicles Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the present day. The success carried on into the second season, with Foy bringing home another SAG Award and earning another Golden Globe nomination. The pair admitted that Smith made more due to his "Doctor Who" fame, insisting that the inequity would be amended in the future.