Gillian Anderson shares more behind the scenes pictures from The Crown

Jen Crothers
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Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

From Good Housekeeping

Gillian Anderson has celebrated her The Crown co-star Olivia Colman's birthday by sharing some sweet behind the scenes pictures of the pair.

Gillian, who plays former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the Netflix drama, posted three hilarious photos of Olivia, the Queen, on set of series four to Instagram.

"Happy birthday queenie" she wrote, in celebration of Colman's 47th birthday on Saturday (30 January).

She posted a selfie of them both pulling faces, enjoying some on-set catering and Colman in costume looking menacing. Colman and Anderson have spoken about the fun they had filming the series - and by the looks of things, it was a hoot.

Speaking at the launch of season four, Colman explained what it was like acting alongside Anderson as Thatcher. “It was terribly exciting at the beginning, powerful woman versus powerful woman, and so much in common.

“Slowly slowly, they started to, in our story, I think it is true, absolutely hate each other, which makes for so much fun to play, with Gillian and I opposite each other in a room smiling but not really meaning it.

“We had a ball... There was an awful lot of funny stuff with Gillian wearing the wrong clothes in the middle of the fields. And she nearly fell out of a Land Rover. That was funny.”

Season five of The Crown is due to begin filming this year with a new cast refresh - with Imelda Staunton taking the reigns as Queen Elizabeth II, Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip and Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret. Elizabeth Debicki will play Princess Diana, with the other main roles yet to be cast.

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