According to Vanity Fair, "The Crown" is one of television's most expensive shows with a per-episode budget of at least $7 million. After they admitted that Foy was paid less than Smith - because of his "Doctor Who fame" - Mackie said, "Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen".
The pay difference was due to Smith coming into the show after a six-year stint as Doctor Who on television, the producers said.
For it's third season, the show is also facing recasting almost its entire lineup of actors, something few series have done: Olivia Colman will step in as the Queen, replacing Emmy nominee Claire Foy; Helena Bonham-Carter will play Princess Margaret.
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Foy was paid an estimated $40,000 per episode ($800,000 in total for 20 episodes), while the first two seasons of The Crown cost Netflix around $130 million.
"The Crown" (L to R) Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. However, Foy became a big-time star in her own right during the first season of The Crown, earning a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actor's Guild Award, both for best actress. The period drama's unusual structure calls for an entirely different set of actors every two seasons. Helena Bonham Carter takes over for Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret as new characters - including Princess Diana - will be introduced.
"Seasons 3 and 4 will be the test of whether the show really has the legs to survive", Harries said, per Variety. "It's daunting but exciting and I hope it'll keep the series fresh and really of interest to people". 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. "You'll forget all about me and the rest of the cast".