Gillian Anderson joins The Crown season 4 as Margaret Thatcher
Netflix has found another A-list star to join its acclaimed period drama The Crown in the form of The X-Files and American Gods alum Gillian Anderson, who is joining the cast as the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Margaret Thatcher, which the streaming service announced via Twitter.
The third season of The Crown will see the entire cast aging up, including Tobias Menzies taking over for Matt Smith who played Prince Philip during the first two seasons. Prince Charles and Princess Anne will also grow older with Josh O’Connor and Erin Doherty filling in those roles. Gillian Anderson will play Margaret Thatcher in the fourth season with Emerald Fennell portraying Camilla Parker Bowles.
According to creator Peter Morgan, season three of The Crown will take place during 1964 and 1972 and is expected to cover major events in British history, like Princess Margaret’s affair with Roddy Llewellyn, Margaret Thatcher’s political rise, and the introduction of Camilla Parker Bowles. Both Seasons 3 and 4 of the series will be shot back-to-back, with Season 3 being released later this year.
The series tells the inside story of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, as the fragile social order established after the Second World War breaks apart. Based on the award-winning play, “The Audience,” the series reunites creator/writer Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) with director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and producer Andy Harries (The Queen).
The third season of The Crown will premiere on Netflix starting November 17.
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