‘A bit scary’: Gillian Anderson’s unnerving portrayal of Thatcher in The Crown

‘A bit scary’: Gillian Anderson’s unnerving portrayal of Thatcher in The Crown

November 28, 2020

The performance manages to be both hard-to-stomach and queasy-making

The arrival of Margaret Thatcher in season four of The Crown was keenly anticipated: Gillian Anderson is magnificent, Thatcher was an icon whichever way you cut it, cue popcorn, etc.

In fact, when it arrived, Anderson’s performance was unnerving. Damian Barr, the author of Maggie & Me, not a Tory, puts this a bit more strongly: “I’m calling it post-Thatcher stress syndrome. A lot of people are actually triggered by it.”

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