Gillian Anderson discusses her role as Margaret Thatcher in The Crown

Gillian Anderson, best known for her role as Dana Scully in the X Files, has been discussing her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in series 4 of The Crown alongside her partner and the hit show’s creator, Peter Morgan. In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar she tells of the boundaries that they set each other for the filming of the show.

She said that the rule became very simple in the end, with her not commenting on the script writing and Morgan not commenting on her performance. She added that she has become an expert at compartmentalizing her life.

She went on to say “I think I learnt that quite young, being a young mother, in a really intense TV series where it was either full-on on-set, or I was in my trailer having to shut the door and no longer be that person but be Mum.

“This rule carried forward to her role as Margaret Thatcher in the The Crown said Anderson, 52.

Thatcher was known as “The Iron Lady” due to her no-nonsense leadership during the 1980’s. Anderson said to capture the real character she had to set her own political opinions aside which led to her portrayal being about Thatcher as a woman and a mother. The theme that is central to the 4th series is the strained relationship between the Queen and Mrs Thatcher.

The Queen, portayed brilliantly by Olivia Coleman, is looking forward to seeing a lady become Prime Minister only to have her expectations dashed and the relationship between the two quickly turns sour.

Thatcher challenges the reigning monarch by saying “I think we have enough respect for one another personally to ask ourselves some of the bigger questions, woman to woman.” The Queen warns Thatcher not to make too many enemies to which she replies that she feels more comfortable with mulitple adversaries. Anderson looks every inch like Margaret Thatcher although she says “It’s not my world. I’m an actor, I’m not a politician, I’m not a social worker.”


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