Gillian Anderson Cast as Margaret Thatcher in The Crown
The Crown will jump to 1963 with the new season. There they will be covering events famous for that time period, such as the Beatles, England winning the soccer World Cup, and other talked-about moments, movements, and events. Gillian Anderson’s role isn’t due to make an appearance until season four, with the third season not yet being out. Deadline theorizes that this means that the series will make another jump, up to 1970 for Margaret Thatcher’s appearance.
Margaret Thatcher was Britain’s first female Prime Minister. She was in place from 1979 to 1990. Her persona has made appearances in multiple forms of popular media, so it was really a matter of time before she made it onto The Crown.
Naturally, a time jump such as this requires a whole new cast, since new characters are going to be coming in, while others are moving out. Previous actors that fans will be having to say goodbye to include Clarie Foy (The Girl in the Spider’s Web, First Man), Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Vanessa Kirby (Mission Impossible: Fallout), and Matthew Goode (Watchmen, Downton Abbey).
The New Cast
Fans have been talking non-stop about Gillian Anderson’s appearance on the cast list, so this may be a surprise to no one at this point. But Gillian Anderson has been brought on to play Margaret Thatcher.
Meanwhile, Olivia Colman (Broadchurch) has been brought on to play Queen Elizabeth II, and Tobias Menzies (Outlander) is to play Prince Philip. Also joining the cast will be Helena Bonham Carter (Fight Club) as Princess Margaret, and Ben Daniels as Antony Armstrong-Jones.
Fan reactions have been mixed, from completely enthused to seeing an actress they love in a new role, to concerned about how her role will affect opinions of the very real person she’s portraying.
I’m sure Gillian Anderson will ace playing Margaret Thatcher but at the same time, Thatcher doesn’t deserve to be played by Gillian Anderson
— Lewis Knight (@ThatsOurLewis) January 20, 2019
— Toby Earle (@TobyonTV) January 20, 2019
olivia colman and gillian anderson playing 1970s british political icons in ‘the crown’ will be like ‘magic mike’ for queer women
— Jill Gutowitz (@jillboard) January 20, 2019
Oh great, cast Gillian Anderson as Thatcher so now everyone's going to like Thatcher
— Seb Patrick (@sebpatrick) January 20, 2019
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