Gillian Anderson rumored to play Margaret Thatcher on ‘The Crown’


The Iron Lady is in the house, y’all! Or, in less Americanized English, Netflix’s series The Crown is rumored to have cast Gillian Anderson in the role of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in season four. *Squee!* The reason I get so excited over season three and four’s casting is because I grew up with the royals and famous people being portrayed. Gillian will be amazing as Thatcher. She’ll show Thatcher’s crispness without making her completely soulless. This hasn’t been confirmed so I should wait for the official announcement, but Gillian has been dating the series creator, Peter Morgan, since 2016. I’m pretty sure this was “leaked” on pretty solid information.

Gillian Anderson is to follow in the footsteps of Meryl Streep, Patricia Hodge and Jennifer Saunders by taking on the role of Margaret Thatcher, it has been reported.

According to the Sunday Times, she will reportedly appear as the former Conservative prime minister in series four of the show, with filming due to begin over the summer.

Much will depend on her chemistry with Olivia Colman, who has succeeded Claire Foy as Elizabeth II for the next two series of the show.

There has been a great deal written about the reportedly frosty relationship between the Queen and Thatcher during the 11 years in which she was prime minister. They found each other something of a mystery, say some. One account even suggested the Queen did mocking impressions of Thatcher and referred to her as “that woman”.

Given that neither the Queen nor Thatcher spoke about their private weekly audiences, it is impossible to know for certain. Thatcher’s biographer Charles Moore has described the former prime minister as being “almost paralysingly correct” about her relationship with the monarch and nervous during the audiences.

Series three and four will star Colman alongside Tobias Menzies as Philip.

Netflix has kept details of the new series under wraps, with no release date announced. It has been reported that series three will cover the years from 1963 to 1976, with Harold Wilson, played by Jason Watkins, being prominent. Series four would then focus on the Thatcher years, with the introduction to the story of a young Princess Diana.

[From The Guardian via Jezebel]

This news made a pretty big splash at Hecate Temple. I think this is great casting and The Mister, who was the one who told me about it, has an enduring crush on Gillian. So, it looks like I’ll finally have someone to watch The Crown with me (season four, at least). I cannot tell you how hyped I am about Olivia Colman and Gillian sparring on camera. And the idea of Olivia as QEII mockingly impersonating Gillian as Thatcher has me downright giddy.

Although they are well into filming season three, the little brats at Netflix refuse to tell us when the will air it. They know what they’re doing, too, because with all the attention Olivia is getting for playing Queen Anne in The Favourite, people will be champing at the bit for her as Queen Elizabeth. Gillian is about to star as the lead in All About Eve on the West End. And then there’s Helen Bonham Carter playing Margaret – that’s a dream trio. I’ve been happy with all the casting thus far. The only person I am still questioning is Tobias Menzies. I know people love him and I’m sure he’s talented but his publicity stills aren’t doing anything for me. Of course, the big announcement, the one Netflix knows everyone is waiting for, is who will play Diana Spencer. That news will likely hit days before the series three airs, just to send the hype into overdrive.




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  1. Elisabeth says:

    She played Wallis Simpson in ‘Any Human Heart’ and was outstanding. I have no doubt she will be awesome

  2. Mina says:

    I think this is a great casting and it will be interesting to see her work under her partner Peter Morgan.

  3. Becks1 says:

    I know this is a historical show (so obviously a show about the queen of England is going to require a strong female lead) but I am just so excited to have a show about strong women played by equally strong women. It’s so fun to be able to sit around and discuss which woman we think is the best to play to X historical woman, and one series has so many of them.

    so needless to say – I am super pumped about this.

  4. Eleonor says:


  5. bobafelty says:

    She was so good in The Fall, I think she could really do well as Thatcher.

    • Ms. Blake says:

      I loved The Fall too but I have to admit, I got 2 episodes into the last season and gave up. Is it worth finishing it? The storyline seemed really predictable.

  6. minx says:

    Interesting! Can’t wait for new episodes.

  7. Lenn says:

    I love her in Sex Education! I want to talk about how great that show is, by the way

  8. Lucy says:

    I AM LOVING SEX EDUCATION. Sorry, just needed to express it. Wouldn’t change a thing about it. Anyone else???

  9. kristen says:

    I’ve always been so fascinated by her accent. I can’t believe how well she switches between American and British accents.

  10. Tina says:

    They were filming the Crown outside the (quite dodgy) pub at the end of my street the other day (I know it was the Crown because they put a letter through the letterbox apologising for mucking up the parking situation). I couldn’t linger as I had to go to work. I did see one tall man who was definitely an actor (because no one in 2019 has that kind of Friar Tuck haircut) and a glorious old Jaguar, but didn’t see anyone I recognised.

    On topic, I am delighted for this casting and hope they get across how much the Queen hated Thatcher’s apartheid appeasement.

  11. JadedBrit says:

    I just wish Maggie were delivering Brexit for us. The Iron Lady would’ve handbagged Barnier et al into submission by the end of the first day (unlike the endlessly turning lady May). It’ll be interesting to see GA portray her.

  12. Sparkly says:

    Hmm. I love Tobias Menzies, but you’re right, that sneak peek is kind of meh. Hopefully he’ll do a great job.