While fans of hit British Netflix series The Crown were left stunned last week when it was announced that it would be ending following its fifth season, there is still plenty of action for us to savour over the next two seasons. High on that list is Gillian Anderson joining the cast as former British PM Margaret Thatcher in season 4.
As soon as the star of The X-Files and Sex Education was announced, fans have eagerly awaited her performance as the Conservative Iron Lady. There is still some time before we get to watch Anderson make her magic alongside Olivia Colman’s Queen Elizabeth II, but we have been treated to a glimpse at just how well suited Anderson is for the role.
Yesterday (February 4) photos emerged of Anderson on set and the resemblance is uncanny. Dressed in her signature padded shoulder suit, Anderson was shot exiting a building, in a scene depicting Thatcher’s address to the press shortly before she’s elected Prime Minister in 1979.
Thatcher, who led the UK between 1979 and 1990, was a controversial and divisive figure – the perfect role for an actor to sink their teeth into and explore. A challenge Anderson relishes, stating on her casting, ““I am so excited to be joining the cast and crew of The Crown and to have the opportunity to portray such a complicated and controversial woman. Thatcher was undoubtedly formidable, but I am relishing exploring beneath the surface and, dare I say, falling in love with the icon who, whether loved or despise, defined an era.”
The first three seasons of The Crown are available to stream on Netflix. The series’ fourth season is currently in development.