Dana Scully, Stella Gibson, Miss Havisham, Blanche DuBois; Gillian Anderson has enjoyed a career full of memorable roles, but her latest - playing Margaret Thatcher in season four of The Crown - is arguably one of her most compelling.
"On the one hand it's almost easier to play a real character," Anderson tells us as part of our new video franchise, Master the Art. "There's often so much documentation and so it makes it easier to do research or hone in on things like clothes and voice, which can all help in building a character. But then there's also the added pressure of people who have very strong opinions of the person that you're playing..."
Margaret Thatcher, of course, was one such person - an incredibly divisive figure but one who can be immediately visualised, thanks to her instantly recognisable hairstyle, characteristics and dress sense.
"I have found, over the many decades that I've been in the business, that hair, make-up and wardrobe is as important as the lines are in terms of getting into character," the actress explains. "Especially Margaret Thatcher. She is known so much for her voice, for her pussy-bows, for her hair. Her hairstyles were as much a part of her look, her personality, almost as much as anything else."
Watch the inaugural episode of our new Master the Art series, featuring advice from Gillian Anderson on how to get into character, above. Check back for more inspiring videos from four more of our 2020 Women of the Year Award winners, this week.
Gillian Anderson will headline the inaugural Bazaar at Work Week, a four-day virtual festival bringing together inspirational female leaders for a series of lively online talks. Head here for more information and to buy tickets.
The December issue of Harper's Bazaar, featuring Gillian Anderson, is out now.
Gillian wears Galvan dress and Annoushka earrings, styled by Rosie Arkell-Palmer.
Video by Eleonora Cristin.
Hair by James Rowe at Bryant Artists, using Bumble and Bumble.
Make-up by Alex Babsky at Premier, using Giorgio Armani.
Manicure by Jessica Thompson at Eighteen Management, using the Dior Manicure Collection.
With thanks to Lucy Watson Productions and JJ Studios, Perseverance Works.
Stylist's assistant: Eden Hurley
Digital editor: Sarah Karmali
Casting: Tom Macklin
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