The wage gap sparked anger and protests from fans and others in Hollywood and added fuel to the Time's Up social movement against discrimination, harassment and unequal treatment of women in the workplace. Foy was a relative unknown when she was cast as Elizabeth, while Smith was well known for his role as the star of Dr. Who -- a fact that producers cited for the gap in pay.
"Claire is one of my best friends, and I believe that we should be paid equally and fairly and there should be equality for all," he said at the time. "I support her completely, and I'm pleased that it was resolved and they made amends for it, because that what's needed to happen. Going forward, I think we should all bear in mind that we need to strive to make this better and a more even playing field for everyone involved — but not just in our industry, in all industries."