THE CROWN Casts Gillian Anderson As Margaret Thatcher

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Gillian Anderson (Sex Education) is set to join the cast of Netflix hit drama The Crown.

Season four of The Crown will say Anderson portray British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Season three of The Crown is expected to track QE II and the rest of her family in the late 1960s and 1970s. The casting of Anderson as Thatcher indicates that season four will stretch into the 1980s.

Thatcher, a pillar of the Conservative party, made history as Britain’s first female prime minister, serving from 1979 to 1990. She earned the nickname “Iron Lady” after demonstrating her toughness on the world stage in dealing with everything from foreign policy crisis — she led Britain to a brief military conflict with Argentina over the Falkland Islands in 1982 — to political battles with Britain’s labor unions and other institutions.

Thatcher died at the age of 87 in 2013.

SOURCE: Variety.com