Gillian Anderson will be joining the cast of Netflix’s “The Crown.” In its fourth season, the British actress will take on the role of British prime minister Margaret Thatcher.
Netflix announced Anderson’s appearance in the fourth season on Saturday. The actress has released a statement expressing her excitement over the news saying:
“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 also had some glowing words for Thatcher who was also portrayed on the big screen by actress Meryl Streep. “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,” she said.
Anderson’s casting as Thatcher first circulated back in January when the Sunday Times published a report regarding the matter. Netflix refused to confirm the news at the time. The Crown’s fourth season is currently in production and is slated for a November 17 release.
The actress will be joining the likes of Olivia Colman, Tobias Menzies, and Helena Bonham Carter. The show puts the spotlight on Queen Elizabeth II (Colman) reign as a British monarch. The royal was previously played in her youth by actress Claire Foy for the series’ first two seasons.
Season 3 of “The Crown” is set to premiere on Netflix on Nov. 17 and will also showcase This would be Anderson’s second project under Netflix with the first being the coming-of-age series ‘Sex Education.’ In the show, Anderson plays Jean Milburn, the quirky mother of the show’s lead Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield) who happens to be a sex therapist. Anderson’s show The Fall with Jamie Dornan is also available for streaming on the platform.