Having grown up in the U.K. and U.S., Gillian Anderson (The Fall) is equally comfortable speaking in English and American accents, but it’s a very imperious version of the former she’ll need to perfect if she joins The Crown (just ask Claire Foy). According to a report published by the The Telegraph, the actress is being considered for the role of formidable former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
The late Baroness Thatcher won’t appear until season four of the acclaimed Netflix drama, the report states, which is a little while off considering that season three is currently in production. But show runner Peter Morgan is said to be earmarking Anderson – his romantic partner since 2016 – for what could be a pretty significant supporting role.
Thatcher would certainly be an exciting and challenging part for Anderson to tackle. Famously dubbed “The Iron Lady,” she served as Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990, becoming the U.K.’s longest-serving P.M. of the 20th century and the first ever woman to land the top job. Meryl Streep won an Oscar for portraying Thatcher, a political leader both revered and polarizing, in 2011’s The Iron Lady.
And the Netflix hit has already proven its ability to attract top acting talent. Two-time Oscar nominee Helena Bonham Carter has been cast as Princess Margaret, whose personal life will become even more complicated in season three as we see her marriage to Lord Snowdon (played by Matthew Goode) fall apart.
Season three will also feature three-time BAFTA winner Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth and Game of Thrones‘ Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip. Meanwhile, rising star Josh O’Connor will portray a young Prince Charles.
Netflix has yet to confirm when season three of The Crown will premiere. The show will compete for 13 Primetime Emmys on September 17, with Claire Foy (who played Elizabeth), Matt Smith (Philip) and Vanessa Kirby (Margaret) all up for awards.
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