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Gillian Anderson portrays the Margaret Thatcher in The Crown

by Hudson Varnum (2020-07-01)

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With bouffant hair, pearl earrings and shoulder-padded two-piece suit, this is Margaret Thatcher...
according to The Crown.

Gillian Anderson is portraying the Iron Lady for the TV series and was seen filming a scene in which the Conservative leader addressed the Press in the hours before winning the 1979 election - telling them: 'One should not be too confident.'

The X Files star, 51, is set to taking one of the starring roles in the upcoming fourth season of the Netflix show, alongside Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies.

The eX (Prime Minister) Files: Gillian Anderson (left) is portraying the Iron Lady for the TV series and was seen filming a scene in which the Conservative leader (right) addressed the Press in the hours before winning the 1979 election

Gillian was joined on set by Stephen Boxer, who convincingly plays her husband Denis, with a sharp suit and thick framed glasses. 

Also present was Freddie Fox who plays the politician's controversial son Mark. The actor, 30, bore a striking resemblance to Mark in a pinstripe suit as filming for series four of the drama continued.

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Series four covers the period of Margaret Thatcher's reign as Prime Minister and her relationship with the Monarch. 

Last year, it was confirmed Gillian would take on the role as the timeline shifts from the third series in 1964 and 1977 to the 1980s and beyond.

Beaming: The pair were filming a scene in which the Conservative leader addressed the Press in the hours before winning the 1979 election - telling them: 'One should not be too confident'

Transformation: Gillian is portraying Margaret Thatcher in The Crown. She was joined on set by Stephen Boxer, who plays her husband Denis

Snapping away: The actors playing the press were perfectly styled in period dress

The actress, will portray the former Prime Minister during her 11-year tenure, which saw her in office from 1979 to 1990.

Series four is likely to feature political matters such South Africa's Apartheid legislation, the Falklands War and 1984/5 miners' strike.

Filming for the fourth series began in August, where Olivia, Tobias , Helena Bonham Carter, and Ben Daniels will continue to play the four main characters- Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Princess Margaret, and Anthony Armstrong-Jones.

The series will also prominently feature the relationship and eventual marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer.

Emma Corrin will make her debut as the late Princess of Wales.

Flawlessly framed: Not just her appearance, but also Gillian's mannerisms perfectly mirrored the late Prime Minister 

Troubled: Also present was Freddie Fox (left) who plays the politician's controversial son Mark.

The actor, 30, bore a striking resemblance to Mark (pictured right in 1979) is the son of former Prime Minister and Margaret Thatcher

Diana married Charles in 1981, and the couple welcomed sons William and Harry in the following years.

After separating in 1991, the couple divorced in 1997, but Diana remained a much loved member of the Royal Family, thanks to her significant humanitarian work in the UK and abroad.

While an official premiere date has yet to be announced Josh O'Connor, who plays Prince Charles suggested in could air later this year.

Snapping away: It was all hands on deck for the scenes where actors were playing the waiting press

Making herself known: She paraded herself in front of the press 

The actor told Harper's Bazaar recently: 'We're well into it now, we've got many months left, they've got a few episodes in, so it's really exciting.

'And I think it will be the best yet, actually.

I'm really looking forward to finishing that and then getting to share it sometime in 2020, I guess.'

Of playing Thatcher, Gillian recently said: 'Thatcher was undoubtedly formidable, https://set-magazine.com/best-asics-knee-pads/ but I am relishing exploring beneath the surface and, dare I say, falling in love with the icon who, whether loved or despised, defined an era'.

Gillian has described Mrs Thatcher as 'undoubtedly formidable' and said she is 'falling in love with the icon who, whether loved or despised, defined an era'.

Open and honest: Speaking in a recent interview with The Guardian, Gillian said of The Iron Lady: '[She is] absolutely fascinating.

Mostly because of her childhood'

Speaking in a recent interview with The Guardian, Gillian said of The Iron Lady: '[She is] absolutely fascinating. Mostly because of her childhood...

'You could draw such a clear line from how she was raised and what she was exposed to in their religion, and how she was raised in the shop, and how she worked, and their work ethic and their beliefs...

'Just everything that came later stems so entirely from her childhood.

But that in and of itself is fascinating, and — I'm not going to use the word forgivable, but one can find compassion.'

Anderson also admits to have fallen in love, to some extent, with her character.

'To a certain degree, it's very helpful for an actor, at least in my experience, to slightly fall in love with the character you're playing, regardless of what your opinion might be of them, if it's a historical character, particularly.

So I have.'

The cast: Ben Daniels as Antony Armstrong-Jones, Marion Bailey as Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Helena Bonham Carter plays Princess Margaret, Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II, Tobias Menzies as Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Erin Doherty as Princess Anne and Charles Dance as Lord Louis Mountbatten

Former Prime Minister: Speaking in a recent interview with The Guardian, Gillian said of The Iron Lady: '[She is] absolutely fascinating.

Mostly because of her childhood' (pictured earlier this month)

It was revealed last week that Imelda Staunton is set to take on the final incarnation of Queen Elizabeth II and that series five will be the final. 

Show creator Peter Morgan confirmed the Netflix drama would not include a sixth season while revealing Imelda, 64, will take the role 'into the 21st century'.

This means that current Royal scandals including the allegations made against Prince Andrew as well as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's 'Mexit' drama won't be featured on the Netflix hit.

Harry Potter star Imelda said: 'I have loved watching The Crown from the very start.

As an actor it was a joy to see how both Claire Foy and Olivia Colman brought something special and unique to Peter Morgan's scripts. 

'I am genuinely honoured to be joining such an exceptional creative team and to be taking The Crown to its conclusion.'

Taking the throne: The Crown will end after its fifth season, with Imelda Staunton taking the throne as the critically-acclaimed show's final Queen Elizabeth II (pictured in Downton Abbey)



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