Gillian Anderson, star of The X Files and The Fall, will reportedly play Margaret Thatcher in the forthcoming third series of The Crown, with filming set to begin this summer.
According to the Sunday Times, the British-American actress will be portraying the former prime minister during her 11-year premiership. Anderson will become the first person to play Mrs Thatcher in a major TV show or film since Meryl Streep won an Oscar, a Bafta and a Golden Globe for her role in 2011’s The Iron Lady.
Streep’s performance is now considered the yard-stick for portraying Mrs Thatcher on screen, though Andrea Riseborough (in The Long Walk to Finchley) and Patricia Hodge (in The Falklands Play) have both won acclaim for their own depictions.
The producers of The Crown have kept the events of the third series a secret so far, but it’s possible that we will see the events of the miners’ strike, the Falklands War and Mrs Thatcher’s tearful resignation speech outside 10 Downing Street in 1990 depicted on screen.
The third series of The Crown will see all the main roles recast to match the advancing ages of the characters as the series dramatises events from the Seventies and Eighties. Olivia Colman is set to take over the role of the Queen from Claire Foy, Helena Bonham-Carter will play Princess Margaret, Tobias Menzies is starring as the Duke of Edinburgh, Josh O’Connor will portray the Prince of Wales, Emerald Fennell will play Camilla Shand and Ben Daniels will appear as Antony Armstrong-Jones.