‘The Crown’: Gillian Anderson on the ‘Essential’ Stridency of Margaret Thatcher

There have been many portrayals of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher throughout history, but actress Gillian Anderson is already drawing buzz for her nuanced performance of the controversial woman in Season 4 of Netflix’s “The Crown.”In a new featurette released by Netflix — and exclusively to previewed on IndieWire — creator Peter Morgan discusses how he divides each season of the series based on the “reign” of the current Prime Minister, which in Thatcher’s case ran from 1979 to 1990.

“It was an incredibly formidable time in our political history,” said executive producer Suzanne Mackie.

“Britain is troubled, a divided country.

It was a time of tremendous pressure and there was something extraordinary about bringing an actress of the scale, and weight, and presence as Gillian Anderson.”Anderson, herself, said she was especially nervous to take on the role, particularly because of how divisive Thatcher was as a person.

Anderson had

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