The Crown: Gillian Anderson to Play Margaret Thatcher (Report)

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Gillian Anderson is poised to stick with Netflix for her next big role. 

According to The Sunday Times, the actress is set to star as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher during The Crown Season 4. 

Gillian Anderson Attends Premiere

Given that The Crown Season 3 is yet to be given a premiere date at Netflix, it means viewers eager to see the show's take on the Iron Lady will be in for a long wait. 

The show's third season was famously delayed as it switched up its cast because of the time difference between seasons. 

Olivia Colman will replace Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II, while Tobias Menzies replaces Matt Smith as Prince Philip.

Gillian Anderson Attends Comic-Con

Ben Daniels will play Antony Armstrong-Jones, starring alongside Helena Bonham Carter’s Princess Margaret.

The Crown Season 3 will reportedly kick off in the year 1963 and will cover some big events in British history. 

Related: Gillian Anderson: I Quit The X-Files Because...

There's the rise of the Beatles, and even England winning the soccer World Cup in 1966, so we think it's fair to say that fans have a lot to look forward to. 

The Crown Season 2 launched on Netflix in December 2017, but the streamer will likely announce a premiere date in the coming months. 


While a lot of details have been kept under wraps, Netflix has been giving fans their first look at some of the new stars in action. 

As for Anderson, she confirmed she was quitting The X-Files just one year ago to pursue other projects. 

Related: The X-Files: Canceled?

On the TV front, she landed a leading role in Sex Education, which bowed on Netflix earlier this month. That series is on track to cross the 40 million viewer mark on the streamer. 

She will also appear in the upcoming movie, The Sunlit Night. 

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Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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