Gillian Anderson is asked if she TALKED to Margaret Thatcher about portraying her in The Crown

Gillian Anderson continued her sweep of awards for her portrayal of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher by taking home the Best Supporting Actress Emmy on Sunday night.

Following the win, The Crown star, 53, took questions from press – including from one American journalist who asked whether she had chatted about the role with Thatcher at all.

So-called Iron Lady Thatcher was in power between 1979–1990 – with Anderson portraying this era in the the hit Netflix series – and died in 2013, aged 87, rendering a conversation between the two women impossible.

Raising the dead? Gillian Anderson took questions from press at the Emmys on Sunday following her win for playing former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Crown – including one from a journalist who asked whether she had chatted about the role with Thatcher at all

Yet Anderson held her poise as she answered the question, barely giving it the obvious contention it deserved.

The journalist – who has since been identified as Tanya Hart of American Urban Radio Networks – asked: ‘Just to continue with the whole Margaret Thatcher thing – have you talked to her about this role at all?’

With a telling tilt of her head, Anderson replied: ‘Well, I have not spoken to Margaret…’

She left it at that, going on to answer Hart’s other question about why America has never had a female president.

Fancy a chat? So-called Iron Lady Thatcher [pictured in 1984] was in power between 1979–1990 and died in 2013, aged 87, rendering a conversation between the two women impossible

Fancy a chat? So-called Iron Lady Thatcher [pictured in 1984] was in power between 1979–1990 and died in 2013, aged 87, rendering a conversation between the two women impossible

Fancy a chat? So-called Iron Lady Thatcher [pictured in 1984] was in power between 1979–1990 and died in 2013, aged 87, rendering a conversation between the two women impossible

Acclaimed: Anderson has won numerous awards for portraying Thatcher in The Crown's fourth season [pictured]

Acclaimed: Anderson has won numerous awards for portraying Thatcher in The Crown's fourth season [pictured]

Acclaimed: Anderson has won numerous awards for portraying Thatcher in The Crown’s fourth season [pictured]

Clearly put off by the bizarre first question, Anderson misheard the reporter’s follow-up, believing Hart to have asked why the UK had not had a female in power since Thatcher.

Pointing out that Theresa May was Prime Minister from 2016-2019, Anderson added: ‘I think maybe the question is why is it taking the United States of America so long to get a female leader… maybe [Vice President] Kamala Harris. Maybe that’s the next step.’

Hart was heard trying to clarify her question but the Q&A ended flatly.

Insider reported on Monday that Hart has since insisted she meant to ask if Anderson had consulted with Theresa May about the role, not Thatcher.

Oh dear! The journalist - who has since been identified as Tanya Hart of American Urban Radio Networks - asked - 'Just to continue with the whole Margaret Thatcher thing - have you talked to her about this role at all?'

Oh dear! The journalist - who has since been identified as Tanya Hart of American Urban Radio Networks - asked - 'Just to continue with the whole Margaret Thatcher thing - have you talked to her about this role at all?'

Oh dear! The journalist – who has since been identified as Tanya Hart of American Urban Radio Networks – asked – ‘Just to continue with the whole Margaret Thatcher thing – have you talked to her about this role at all?’

With a telling tilt of her head, Anderson replied: 'Well, I have not spoken to Margaret...'

With a telling tilt of her head, Anderson replied: 'Well, I have not spoken to Margaret...'

With a telling tilt of her head, Anderson replied: ‘Well, I have not spoken to Margaret…’

Dumbfounded? Clearly put off by the bizarre first question, Anderson misheard the reporter's follow-up about women in power in the US. She instead pointed out that Theresa May was Prime Minister from 2016-2019

Dumbfounded? Clearly put off by the bizarre first question, Anderson misheard the reporter's follow-up about women in power in the US. She instead pointed out that Theresa May was Prime Minister from 2016-2019

Anderson added: 'I think maybe the question is why is it taking the United States of America so long to get a female leader... maybe [Vice President] Kamala Harris. Maybe that's the next step'

Anderson added: 'I think maybe the question is why is it taking the United States of America so long to get a female leader... maybe [Vice President] Kamala Harris. Maybe that's the next step'

Dumbfounded? Clearly put off by the bizarre first question, Anderson misheard the reporter’s follow-up about women in power in the US. She instead pointed out that Theresa May [L] was Prime Minister from 2016-2019, and that ‘maybe [Vice President] Kamala Harris [R] is the next step’

Anderson dedicated her gong to her ‘best friend’ and manager during Sunday’s star-studded awards, using her speech to pay tribute to Connie Freiberg for always being by her side and offering her support.

The star also gave thanks to her former lover Peter Morgan, who serves as creator and showrunner for The Crown.

She said: ‘I want to say thank you to Peter Morgan for creating this role and to Netflix for everything.

‘I really want to dedicate this award to a woman who was my manager for 20 years, Connie Freiberg. 

Proud: Anderson dedicated her Emmy Award win to her ‘best friend’ and manager during Sunday’s star-studded awards

‘She believed in me like no one else would, believed I had talent when I didn’t think I had talent, always invited me to take the high road, she was one of the best friends I ever had in my life. 

‘She wore the same dress five years running to every awards show, three times a year, slow fashion before everyone knew it was cool. I love you, this is for you. Thank you.’

Gillian beat off competition from her co-stars Emerald Fennell and Helena Bonham Carter, The Handmaid’s Tale actresses Madeline Brewer, Ann Dowd, Samira Wiley and Yvonne Strahovski, and Lovecraft Country’s Aunjanue Ellis to win the award.  

THE 73RD ANNUAL EMMY WINNERS FOR 2021

Drama Series

The Boys (Amazon)

Bridgerton (Netflix)

The Crown (Netflix) — WINNER

The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)

Lovecraft Country (HBO)

The Mandalorian (Disney+)

Pose (FX)

This Is Us (NBC)

 

Comedy Series

Black-ish (ABC)

Cobra Kai (Netflix)

Emily in Paris (Netflix)

Hacks (HBO Max)

The Flight Attendant (HBO Max)

The Kominsky Method (Netflix)

Pen15 (Hulu)

Ted Lasso (Apple TV+) — WINNER

  

Variety Talk Series

Conan (TBS)

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)

Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC)

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) — WINNER

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS)

 

Competition Series

The Amazing Race (CBS)

Nailed It! (Netflix)

RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1) — WINNER

Top Chef (Bravo)

The Voice (NBC)

 

Jean Smart was recognized for Hacks

Jean Smart was recognized for Hacks

Jean Smart was recognized for Hacks

Lead Actress, Comedy

Aidy Bryant (Shrill)

Kaley Cuoco (The Flight Attendant)

Allison Janney (Mom)

Tracee Ellis Ross (black-ish)

Jean Smart (Hacks) — WINNER

 

Lead Actor, Comedy

Anthony Anderson (Black-ish)

Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method)

William H. Macy (Shameless)

Jason Sudeikis (Ted Lasso) — WINNER

Kenan Thompson (Kenan)  

 

Lead Actor, Limited Series, Movie or Anthology

Paul Bettany (WandaVision)

Hugh Grant (The Undoing)

Ewan McGregor (Halston) — WINNER

Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton)

Leslie Odom, Jr. (Hamilton)

Kate Winslet was recognized for  her work in Mare Of Easttown

Kate Winslet was recognized for  her work in Mare Of Easttown

Kate Winslet was recognized for  her work in Mare Of Easttown

 

Lead Actress, Limited Series, Movie or Anthology

Michaela Coel (I May Destroy You)

Cynthia Erivo (Genius: Aretha)

Elizabeth Olsen (WandaVision)

Anya Taylor-Joy (The Queen’s Gambit)

Kate Winslet (Mare of Easttown) — WINNER

 

Limited Series

I May Destroy You (HBO)

Mare of Easttown (HBO)

The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix) — WINNER

The Underground Railroad (Amazon)

WandaVision (Disney+)

Lead Actress, Drama

Uzo Aduba (In Treatment)

Olivia Colman (The Crown) — WINNER

Emma Corrin (The Crown)

Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Mj Rodriguez (Pose)

Jurnee Smollett (Lovecraft Country)

 

Lead Actor, Drama

Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)

Jonathan Majors (Lovecraft Country)

Josh O’Connor (The Crown) — WINNER

Rege-Jean Page (Bridgerton)

Billy Porter (Pose)

Matthew Rhys (Perry Mason)

 

Television Movie

Dolly Parton’s Christmas On The Square – WINNER

Oslo

Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia

Sylvie’s Love

Uncle Frank 

 

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Giancarlo Esposito (The Mandalorian)

O-T Fagbenie (The Handmaid’s Tale)

John Lithgow (Perry Mason)

Tobias Menzies (The Crown) — WINNER

Max Minghella (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Chris Sullivan (This Is Us)

Bradley Whitford (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Michael K. Williams (Lovecraft Country)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gillian Anderson in The Crown won Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Gillian Anderson in The Crown won Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Gillian Anderson in The Crown won Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Gillian Anderson (The Crown) — WINNER

Helena Bonham Carter (The Crown)

Madeline Brewer (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Aunjanue Ellis (Lovecraft Country)

Emerald Fennell (The Crown)

Yvonne Strahovski (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale)

 

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Carl Clemons-Hopkins (Hacks)

Brett Goldstein (Ted Lasso) — WINNER

Brendan Hunt (Ted Lasso)

Nick Mohammed (Ted Lasso)

Paul Reiser (The Kominsky Method)

Jeremy Swift (Ted Lasso)

Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live)

Bowen Yang (Saturday Night Live)

 

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live)

Hannah Einbinder (Hacks)

Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)

Rosie Perez (The Flight Attendant)

Cecily Strong (Saturday Night Live)

Juno Temple (Ted Lasso)

Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso) — WINNER

 

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Thomas Brodie Sangster (The Queen’s Gambit)

Daveed Diggs (Hamilton)

Paapa Essiedu (May Destroy You)

Jonathan Groff (Hamilton)

Evan Peters (Mare Of Easttown) — WINNER

Anthony Ramos (Hamilton)

 

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Renée Elise Goldsberry (Hamilton)

Kathryn Hahn (WandaVision)

Moses Ingram (The Queen’s Gambit)

Julianne Nicholson (Mare Of Easttown) — WINNER

Jean Smart (Mare Of Easttown)

Phillipa Soo (Hamilton)

 

Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Don Cheadle (‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’)

Charles Dance (‘The Crown’)

Timothy Olyphant (‘The Mandalorian’)

Courtney B. Vance (‘Lovecraft Country’) — WINNER

Carl Weathers (‘The Mandalorian’)

 

Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Alexis Bledel (‘The Handmaid’s Tale’)

Claire Foy (‘The Crown’) — WINNER

McKenna Grace (‘The Handmaid’s Tale’)

Sophie Okonedo (‘Ratched’)

Phylicia Rashad (‘This Is Us’)

 

Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Alec Baldwin (‘Saturday Night Live’)

Dave Chappelle (‘Saturday Night Live’) — WINNER

Morgan Freeman (‘The Kominsky Method’)

Daniel Kaluuya (‘Saturday Night Live’)

Daniel Levy (‘Saturday Night Live’)

 

Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Jane Adams (‘Hacks’)

Yvette Nicole Brown (‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’)

Bernadette Peters (‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’)

Issa Rae (‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’)

Maya Rudolph (‘Saturday Night Live’) — WINNER

Kristen Wiig (‘Saturday Night Live’)

 

Saturday Night Live won Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

Saturday Night Live won Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

Saturday Night Live won Outstanding Variety Sketch Series 

Variety Sketch Series

‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’

‘Saturday Night Live’ — WINNER

 

Variety Special (Live)

Celebrating America – An Inauguration Night Special (Multiple Platforms)

The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards (CBS)

The Oscars (ABC)

The Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show Starring The Weeknd (CBS)

Stephen Colbert’s Election Night 2020: Democracy’s Last Stand Building Back America Great Again Better 2020 (Showtime) — WINNER

 

Variety Special (Pre-Recorded)

Bo Burnham: Inside (Netflix)

David Byrne’s American Utopia (HBO)

8:46 – Dave Chappelle (Netflix)

Friends: The Reunion (HBO Max)

Hamilton (Disney Plus) — WINNER

A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote (HBO Max)

 

Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman (Netflix)

Oprah with Megan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special (CBS)

Stanley Tucci: Searching For Italy (CNN) – WINNER

United Shades Of America with W. Kamau Bell (CNN)

VICE (Showtime)

 

Host For a Reality or Competition Program

Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness (‘Queer Eye’)

Nicole Byer (‘Nailed It!’)

Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John, Kevin O’Leary (‘Shark Tank’)

Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi, Gail Simmons (‘Top Chef’)

RuPaul (‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’) – WINNER

 

Animated Program

‘Big Mouth’ (Netflix)

‘Bob’s Burgers’ (Fox)

‘Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal’ (Adult Swim)

‘The Simpsons’ (Fox)

‘South Park: The Pandemic Special’ (Comedy Central)

 Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal – WINNER

 

Short Form Animated Program

‘Love, Death + Robots’ (Netflix) – WINNER

‘Maggie Simpson In: The Force Awakens From Its Nap’ (Disney)

‘Once Upon a Snowman’ (Disney Plus)

‘Robot Chicken’ (Adult Swim)

 

 

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