It’s Official: Gillian Anderson Joins ‘The Crown’ As Margaret Thatcher

The better part of a year after word of the casting first leaked out, Netflix has confirmed that Gillian Anderson (The X-Files, The Fall) has joined the cast of The Crown for its upcoming fourth season. She will play Margaret Thatcher, who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom between 1979 and 1990.

“I’m 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 said. “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.”

Gillian Anderson joins a cast that includes Olivia Colman, Tobias Menzies, Helena Bonham Carter, Jason Watkins, Ben Daniels, Erin Doherty, Josh O’Connor, Marion Bailey, Emerald Fennell and Emma Corrin. Peter Morgan created the series, which is produced by the Sony Pictures Television backed indie Left Bank Pictures. Production on season four of The Crown is now underway, ahead of a 2020 premiere. Season three premieres on Netflix on Sunday November 17th.