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Gillian Anderson confirms she’s joining ‘The Crown’ as Margaret Thatcher


Gillian Anderson poses on the red carpet upon arrival to attend The Olivier Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in central London on April 7. (NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images)

“The Crown” just added an "X" factor.

The popular historical drama confirmed Saturday that former “X-Files” star Gillian Anderson had joined the ensemble cast to play 1980s-era Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.


“I am so excited to be joining the cast and crew of ‘The Crown’” crowed the 51-year-old actress. “And to have the opportunity to portray such a complicated and controversial woman.”

Gillian Anderson will take on the role of the Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher, on Season 4 of "The Crown."
Gillian Anderson will take on the role of the Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher, on Season 4 of "The Crown." (Gerald Penny/AP)

Although the rumor mill had been swirling for months that the Emmy winner would portray the Conservative leader, it only became official Saturday.

“Thatcher was undoubtedly formidable,” said Anderson in a Twitter post. “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.”

The third and fourth seasons of the show will feature an entirely new cast to reflect the royal family aging.

This year’s Best Actress Oscar winner, Olivia Colman, who took home the award for her humorous portrayal of 18th-century British royal Queen Anne, will play Queen Elizabeth in this upcoming season. She assumes the role originated by Claire Foy, who snagged an Emmy in 2018 for her portrayal.

Two-time Academy Award nominee Helena Bonham Carter will replace Vanessa Kirby in the role of Princess Margaret, Elizabeth’s younger sister.

The third season, which debuts Nov. 17, will also introduce Camilla, the future wife of Prince Charles, to be played by “Call the Midwife” actress Emerald Fennell.