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The Crown: Gillian Anderson CONFIRMED to play Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in season four of the Netflix drama, they announced on Saturday
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Gillian Anderson has been confirmed to play Margaret Thatcher in the fourth season of The Crown, Netflix revealed on Saturday.

The actress, 51, will portray the former prime minister during her 11-year tenure, which saw her in office from 1979 to 1990.

Gillian joins the great cast of the show, including Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham Carter, and will not appear until season four, which will be broadcast in 2020.

The Crown: Gillian Anderson CONFIRMED to play Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in season four of the Netflix drama, they announced on Saturday

First female prime minister: Margaret Thatcher in October 1967
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First female prime minister: Margaret Thatcher in October 1967

The Crown: Gillian Anderson CONFIRMED to play Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in season four of the Netflix drama, they announced on Saturday

Gillian spoke in a statement about the role on Twitter: & # 39; I am so excited to become a member of the cast and crew of The Crown and have the opportunity to portray such a complicated and controversial woman.

& # 39; Thatcher was undoubtedly formidable, but I enjoy exploring beneath the surface and, dare I say, fall in love with the icon that, beloved or despised, defined an era. & # 39;

Thatcher's relationship with Queen Elizabeth II (Colman) was known to be frayed during her tenure.

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In season four, political issues are probably addressed, such as South Africa's apartheid legislation, the Falklands war and the 1984/5 mine strike.

Sharp: In a statement about the role on Twitter, Gillian said that & # 39; Thatcher was undoubtedly formidable, but I enjoy exploring under the surface & # 39;

Sharp: In a statement about the role on Twitter, Gillian said that & # 39; Thatcher was undoubtedly formidable, but I enjoy exploring under the surface & # 39;

Sharp: In a statement about the role on Twitter, Gillian said that & # 39; Thatcher was undoubtedly formidable, but I enjoy exploring under the surface & # 39;

Gillian, who grew up in both the UK and the US, is known for her diverse career, particularly for playing Special Agent Dana Scully in the iconic series The X Files.

Her role alongside David Duchovny in the sci-fi series ran from the start in 1993 to last year after the show returned from cancellation for restarted 10th and 11th seasons in 2016 and 2018.

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Gillian also reproduced her role as Scully for both films from The X Files in 1998 and 2008, and has also portrayed a series of other characters on TV and film.

Soon: Gillian will only appear in season four, which will be broadcast in 2020

Soon: Gillian will only appear in season four, which will be broadcast in 2020

Soon: Gillian will only appear in season four, which will be broadcast in 2020

New role: the actress will portray the former prime minister during her 11-year tenure, which saw her in office from 1979 to 1990

New role: the actress will portray the former prime minister during her 11-year tenure, which saw her in office from 1979 to 1990

New role: the actress will portray the former prime minister during her 11-year tenure, which saw her in office from 1979 to 1990

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She played as a therapist in Hannibal. Bedelia Du Maurier, as DSU Stella Gibson in The Fall, Anna Pavlovna Scherer in War & Peace and in American Gods as Media.

Gillian is currently also playing in the Netflix series Sexual Education as therapist Jean Milburn and mother of main character Otis.

The films of the actress include The Last King Of Scotland, Johnny English Reborn and How To Lose Friends And Alienate People.

Last role: Anderson is currently also playing sex education - another Netflix series - as a therapist Jean Milburn and mother of protagonist Otis

Last role: Anderson is currently also playing sex education - another Netflix series - as a therapist Jean Milburn and mother of protagonist Otis

Last role: Anderson is currently also playing sex education – another Netflix series – as a therapist Jean Milburn and mother of protagonist Otis

The Iron Lady: In 2011, Meryl Streep won a Golden Globe, BAFTA and an Oscar for the title role as Thatcher, and Olivia played as Thatcher & # 39; s daughter Carol
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The Iron Lady: In 2011, Meryl Streep won a Golden Globe, BAFTA and an Oscar for the title role as Thatcher, and Olivia played as Thatcher & # 39; s daughter Carol

The Iron Lady: In 2011, Meryl Streep won a Golden Globe, BAFTA and an Oscar for the title role as Thatcher, and Olivia played as Thatcher & # 39; s daughter Carol

Olivia takes on the role of Queen Elizabeth II for the third and fourth series of the Netflix drama and takes over the role of Claire Foy.

Meanwhile, Tobias Menzies will portray Prince Phillip, in the footsteps of Matt Smith, as the third season follows the royal family from 1964 to 1977.

The new series and will display historical moments such as the 1966 Aberfan disaster and the first miner strikes between 1972 and 1974.

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An important story that will be central to Prince Phillip is the Apollo 11 Moon Landing from 1969, which is seen by many as one of the most crucial moments of the 20th century.

Exciting: the Oscar-winning actress takes on the role of Queen Elizabeth II for the third and fourth series of the Netflix drama and takes over the role of Claire Foy

Exciting: the Oscar-winning actress takes on the role of Queen Elizabeth II for the third and fourth series of the Netflix drama and takes over the role of Claire Foy

Exciting: the Oscar-winning actress takes on the role of Queen Elizabeth II for the third and fourth series of the Netflix drama and takes over the role of Claire Foy

Predecessors: Claire (center) and Matt Smith (left) portraits Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip in the first and second season, set between the years 1947 and 1964

Predecessors: Claire (center) and Matt Smith (left) portraits Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip in the first and second season, set between the years 1947 and 1964

Predecessors: Claire (center) and Matt Smith (left) portraits Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip in the first and second season, set between the years 1947 and 1964

Embarrassed: Helena Bonham Carter plays Princess Margaret. Fans will see the turbulent journey in the marriage of Margaret and Lord Snowdon (Ben Daniels)
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Embarrassed: Helena Bonham Carter plays Princess Margaret. Fans will see the turbulent journey in the marriage of Margaret and Lord Snowdon (Ben Daniels)

Royal couple: fans will see the turbulent journey in the marriage of the royal couple, eventually leading to their split in 1978 (shown in 1960)

Royal couple: fans will see the turbulent journey in the marriage of the royal couple, eventually leading to their split in 1978 (shown in 1960)

Embarrassed: Helena Bonham Carter plays Princess Margaret. Fans will see the turbulent journey in the marriage of Margaret and Lord Snowdon (Ben Daniels)

Royals: Tobias Menzies will portray Prince Phillip, in the footsteps of Matt, as the third season follows the royals from 1964 to 1977

Royals: Tobias Menzies will portray Prince Phillip, in the footsteps of Matt, as the third season follows the royals from 1964 to 1977

Royals: Tobias Menzies will portray Prince Phillip, in the footsteps of Matt, as the third season follows the royals from 1964 to 1977

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Josh O & # 39; Connor of The Durrells takes on Prince Charles's role as a young man and will set the stage for his later marriage to Princess Diana through his early romance with Camilla Parker-Bowles (to be played by Emerald Fennell .)

Helena Bonham Carter plays Princess Margaret. Fans will see the turbulent journey in the marriage of Margaret and Lord Snowdon, which eventually led to their split in 1978 – a controversy among the royal family at the time.

Margaret & # 39; s marriage to Lord Snowdon (to be played by Ben Daniels) was seen by fans in the second series of the show when she fell in love with the boisterous aristocrat and decided to marry him in what seemed a surprise to some.

Jason Watkins also takes over the role of Prime Minister Harold Wilson and sees him working closely with Queen Elizabeth II to abolish the death penalty and stop discrimination against women and minorities.

Recent roles: Gillian in dark thriller Hannibal

Recent roles: Gillian in dark thriller Hannibal

Divers: Anderson - who grew up in both the UK and the US - is known for her broad career, particularly for playing Special Agent Dana Scully in The X Files
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Divers: Anderson - who grew up in both the UK and the US - is known for her broad career, particularly for playing Special Agent Dana Scully in The X Files

Divers: Anderson – who grew up in both the UK and the US – is known for her broad career, particularly for playing Special Agent Dana Scully in The X Files

Difficult problems: political issues such as South Africa's apartheid legislation, the Falklands war and the 1984/5 mine strike are likely to be addressed in season four.

Difficult problems: political issues such as South Africa's apartheid legislation, the Falklands war and the 1984/5 mine strike are likely to be addressed in season four.

Difficult problems: political issues such as South Africa's apartheid legislation, the Falklands war and the 1984/5 mine strike are likely to be addressed in season four.

Versatile: Anderson played as (L-R) Anna Pavlovna Scherer in War & Peace

Versatile: Anderson played as (L-R) Anna Pavlovna Scherer in War & Peace

Short role: Gillian played in the American gods as media, although she left the role after the first season
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Short role: Gillian played in the American gods as media, although she left the role after the first season

Versatile: Anderson played as (L-R) Anna Pavlovna Scherer in War & Peace and in American Gods as Media, although she left the role after the first season

Gillian is not the only one to portray the first female prime minister ever, as Steve Nallon Thatcher expressed in the satirical series Spitting Image in the 1980s and 1990s.

Book-turned-play-turned-TV special Anyone for Denis? saw Angela Thorne in the role. Maureen Lipman, Jennifer Saunders and Lesley Manville have also played her.

Thatcher was played by Patricia Hodge in The Falklands Play in 2002, by Andrea Riseborough in the TV movie The Long Walk To Finchley in 2008.

Parable? Gillian is not the only one to portray the first female prime minister ever, as Steve Nallon Thatcher expressed in the satirical series Spitting Image in the 1980s and 1990s

Parable? Gillian is not the only one to portray the first female prime minister ever, as Steve Nallon Thatcher expressed in the satirical series Spitting Image in the 1980s and 1990s

Parable? Gillian is not the only one to portray the first female prime minister ever, as Steve Nallon Thatcher expressed in the satirical series Spitting Image in the 1980s and 1990s

Oscar-winning turn: Meryl Streep played the premier in The Iron Lade in 2011

Oscar-winning turn: Meryl Streep played the premier in The Iron Lade in 2011

In popular culture: Thatcher was played by Andrea Riseborough in the TV movie The Long Walk To Finchley in 2008

In popular culture: Thatcher was played by Andrea Riseborough in the TV movie The Long Walk To Finchley in 2008

In popular culture: Thatcher was played by Andrea Riseborough (R) in the 2008 film The Long Walk To Finchley in 2008, and Meryl Streep played her in 2011 The Iron Lady

The character was also featured in two feature films around her life: 2009 & # 39; s Margaret, played by Lindsay Duncan, and 2011 & # 39; s The Iron Lady, with Meryl Streep in the role.

The latter won a Golden Globe, BAFTA and an Oscar for the title role, and the film also played Olivia as Thatcher & # 39; s daughter Carol.

She now plays again against a version of Thatcher, this time as Elizabeth II in The Crown, alongside Anderson.

The third season of The Crown is released on Netflix on November 17, 2019.

Announcement: The third season of The Crown will be released on Netflix on November 17, 2019

Announcement: The third season of The Crown will be released on Netflix on November 17, 2019

Announcement: The third season of The Crown will be released on Netflix on November 17, 2019

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