Gillian Anderson Will Play Margaret Thatcher in ‘The Crown’ Season 4

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Gillian Anderson will play former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in season four of “The Crown,” Netflix confirmed Saturday.

“I am 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 in a tweet. “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.”

Actress Gillian Anderson takes part in a photocall as Greenpeace hand a petition of over 300,00 signatures calling for protection of the Antartica,
Actress Gillian Anderson takes part in a photocall as Greenpeace hand a petition of over 300,00 signatures calling for protection of the Antartica, at Foreign & Commonwealth Office, King Charles Street, London, SW1A in London, England, on Oct. 09, 2018. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Thatcher, who died in 2013, was Great Britain’s first female prime minister and served from 1979 to 1990. She was called the Iron Lady for her political and personal toughness.

Former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher waves to the press at her home
Former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher waves to the press at her home after leaving Cromwell Hospital in London, England, on November 1, 2010. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Netflix announced in April Emma Corrin also will join the Season 4 cast as Lady Diana Spencer, the eventual first wife of Prince Charles.

The fourth season of “The Crown” is in production.

Season 3 of the drama series returns on Nov. 17. Academy Award-winner Olivia Colman takes over the role of Queen Elizabeth II from Claire Foy, who played the character for the drama’s first two seasons.