The Crown: Gillian Anderson ‘to play Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in season 4’

Gillian Anderson has been tipped to play Margaret Thatcher in the fourth season of Netflix drama The Crown.

The actress, 50, will portray the former-Prime Minister during her 11-year tenure, which saw her in office from 1979 to 1990, reports The Sunday Times.

Anderson won’t crop up until season 4, set to air in 2020, with shooting commencing this summer. Season 3, meanwhile, is set to arrive to Netflix in November.

First lady: Gillian Anderson has been tipped to play Margaret Thatcher in the fourth season of Netflix drama The Crown

First lady: Gillian Anderson has been tipped to play Margaret Thatcher in the fourth season of Netflix drama The Crown

First lady: Gillian Anderson has been tipped to play Margaret Thatcher in the fourth season of Netflix drama The Crown

First lady: Gillian Anderson has been tipped to play Margaret Thatcher in the fourth season of Netflix drama The Crown

First lady: Gillian Anderson has been tipped to play Margaret Thatcher in the fourth season of Netflix drama The Crown

Anderson – who grew up in both the UK and the US – is known for her diverse career, notably for playing Special Agent Dana Scully in The X Files.

Her role alongside David Duchovny in the sci-fi series ran from its inception in 1993 until last year – the show having returned from cancellation for a rebooted 10th and 11th season in 2016 and 2018. 

Meanwhile, she has also portayed an array of other characters across television and film.

She starred in Hannibal as therapist Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier, as DSU Stella Gibson in The Fall, Anna Pavlovna Scherer in War & Peace and in American Gods as Media.

Coming soon: Anderson won't crop up until season 4, set to air in 2020, with shooting commencing this summer. Season 3, meanwhile, is set to arrive to Netflix in November

Coming soon: Anderson won't crop up until season 4, set to air in 2020, with shooting commencing this summer. Season 3, meanwhile, is set to arrive to Netflix in November

Coming soon: Anderson won’t crop up until season 4, set to air in 2020, with shooting commencing this summer. Season 3, meanwhile, is set to arrive to Netflix in November

Mrs T: The actress, 50, will portray the former-Prime Minister during her 11-year tenure, which saw her in office from 1979 to 1990, reports The Sunday Times

Mrs T: The actress, 50, will portray the former-Prime Minister during her 11-year tenure, which saw her in office from 1979 to 1990, reports The Sunday Times

Mrs T: The actress, 50, will portray the former-Prime Minister during her 11-year tenure, which saw her in office from 1979 to 1990, reports The Sunday Times

Latest role: Anderson is currently featuring in Sex Education - another Netflix series - as therapist Jean Milburn

Latest role: Anderson is currently featuring in Sex Education - another Netflix series - as therapist Jean Milburn

Latest role: Anderson is currently featuring in Sex Education – another Netflix series – as therapist Jean Milburn

She is currently featuring in Sex Education – another Netflix series – as therapist Jean Milburn.

Films have included The Last King Of Scotland, Johnny English Reborn and How To Lose Friends And Alienate People.

She also reprised her role as Scully for both of The X Files movies in 1998 and 2008.

She is about to begin a three-month run in London’s West End in All About Eve. 

Treading the boards: She is about to begin a three-month run in London's West End in All About Eve

Treading the boards: She is about to begin a three-month run in London's West End in All About Eve

Treading the boards: She is about to begin a three-month run in London’s West End in All About Eve

Third run: The Crown's third season stars the regenerated cast of Olivia Colman, Helena Bonham Carter and Tobias Menzies

Third run: The Crown's third season stars the regenerated cast of Olivia Colman, Helena Bonham Carter and Tobias Menzies

Third run: The Crown's third season stars the regenerated cast of Olivia Colman, Helena Bonham Carter and Tobias Menzies

Third run: The Crown's third season stars the regenerated cast of Olivia Colman, Helena Bonham Carter and Tobias Menzies

Third run: The Crown’s third season stars the regenerated cast of Olivia Colman, Helena Bonham Carter and Tobias Menzies

The Crown’s third season features the regenerated cast of Olivia Colman, Helena Bonham Carter and Jason Watkins – the latter portraying another ex-Prime Minister, Harold Wilson.

Wilson served as PM from 1964 to 1970 and 1974 to 1976. He was followed by James Callaghan, before Thatcher took over.

It is not yet known who will portray Callaghan. 

The new PM: Watkins, who is also 51, said of his casting - 'I am delighted to become part of this exceptional show' [Harold Wilson is pictured R during his time in Downing Street]

The new PM: Watkins, who is also 51, said of his casting - 'I am delighted to become part of this exceptional show' [Harold Wilson is pictured R during his time in Downing Street]

The new PM: Watkins, who is also 51, said of his casting - 'I am delighted to become part of this exceptional show' [Harold Wilson is pictured R during his time in Downing Street]

The new PM: Watkins, who is also 51, said of his casting - 'I am delighted to become part of this exceptional show' [Harold Wilson is pictured R during his time in Downing Street]

Another PM: The Crown’s third season features Jason Watkins portraying another ex-Prime Minister, Harold Wilson

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