Updated story - 29/09/2020
Netflix has given us a first glimpse of the highly-anticipated fourth series of The Crown.
It debuts Emma Corrin as Diana, Princess of Wales, and Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher.
Those who are already be familiar with The Crown, will know that it tracks the history of the royal family through the decades, with seasons three and four having a complete recasting to reflect the ageing of the central characters. Another recasting is due for the final seasons, five and six.
So what's the premise of season four? As the 1970s are drawing to a close, Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) and her family find themselves preoccupied with safeguarding the line of succession by securing an appropriate bride for Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor), who later finds romance with a young Lady Diana Spencer (Emma Corrin).
During this time period, Britain also has its first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, played by Gillian Anderson. A new promotional still showing the actress in action as the controversial political figure has just been released. She can be seen in a royal blue skirt suit, with her hair in that famously coiffed style, waving outside the door of 10 Downing Street.
The Crown will land on Netflix from 15 November.
Original story - 20/08/2020
Gillian Anderson is taking on the role of Margaret Thatcher in the highly-anticipated fourth series of The Crown.
Now, we’ve had our first glimpses of Anderson in action. The actress makes a couple of fleeting appearances in the first teaser trailer for the new season - a close up of the lower half of her face as she emerges from a doorway, and a shot of that instantly recognisable hairstyle from behind (watch the trailer above).
She was also seen on set filming for the much-loved Netflix series back in February.
The actress looked the spitting image of Thatcher, wearing a padded shouldered grey blazer, of-the-time pearls and the former Prime Minister's signature bouffant hair.
It was announced that Anderson would take on the role of Thatcher in September last year, confirming months of speculation.
"I am so excited to be joining the cast and crew of The Crown and to have the opportunity to portray such a complicated and controversial woman," Anderson said at the time.
"Thatcher was undoubtedly formidable but I am relishing exploring beneath the surface and, dare I say, falling in love with the icon who, whether loved or despised, defined an era."
Gillian Anderson will play Margaret Thatcher in The Crown Season Four, now in production. pic.twitter.com/OVCO8o2bVk— The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) September 7, 2019
During an interview with The Guardian, Anderson revealed that she was preparing for the role by reading and watching everything she could find on the late Prime Minister.
"To a certain degree, it’s very helpful for an actor, at least in my experience, to slightly fall in love with the character you’re playing, regardless of what your opinion might be of them, if it’s a historical character, particularly," she explained. "So I have."
Series four of The Crown tells the story of Thatcher’s reign as Prime Minister (from 1979 to 1990) and what her relationship was like with the royal family.
It will also feature the relationship and marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, with Emma Corrin making her debut as the late Princess Diana, and the births of Princes William and Harry.
It was recently confirmed that The Night Manager actress Elizabeth Debicki would be taking on the role of Diana for the final two seasons of the drama. Imelda Staunton will be succeeding Olivia Colman as the Queen; Lesley Manville will play Princess Margaret; and Game of Thrones actor Jonathan Pryce will take over as Prince Philip.
Season four of The Crown will debut on Netflix on 15 November.
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