Netflix has found its Margaret Thatcher for The Crown season 4

We may still be patiently waiting for the third season of hit Netflix show, The Crown, but now the creators have already cast more than one key character in the fourth season.

This weekend, Netflix confirmed the ongoing rumour that Gillian Anderson will play Margaret Thatcher in the season, a role which the star says she’s ‘relishing exploring’.

Back in April, it was revealed that Emma Corrin, who some may recognise from a guest role in ITV’s Grantchester, was ‘beyond excited and honoured to be joining The Crown for its fourth season’ as Princess Diana.

‘I have been glued to the show since the first episode and to think I’m now joining this incredibly talented acting family is just surreal,’ she said. ‘Princess Diana was an icon, and her effect on the world remains profound and inspiring.’

As fans will know, Netflix are making season three and four of the royal drama back-to-back, with the former set to launch on the streaming service later this year.

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Back in March, The Telegraph reported that Netflix were on the hunt for ‘a mesmerising new young star with extraordinary range’ to play Princess Diana between the ages of 18-22. The official job description read: ‘She has to play charming comedy, flirt and social exhibitionist on the world stage, desperate and lonely self-harmer at her lowest ebb and the kind of psychological intensity of Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby.’

Not a tough gig then, eh?

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Gillian and Emma will join Olivia Colman, who will replace Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth in the upcoming seasons, Helena Bonham Carter, who will take on the role of Princess Margaret from Vanessa Kirby and Tobias Menzies, who will succeed Matt Smith as Prince Phillip when the series reaches the late 1970s.

Margaret Thatcher, who was Britian’s first female Prime Minister, held her position from 1979 til 1990 which is why it is safe to say that Gillian won’t be joining the show until the fourth season.

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The rest of the information is still limited, but as the show is based on real-life events – which have of course been dramatised for our entertainment – it is slightly easier to guess the upcoming storylines.

For example, if the third season looks at the years between 1964-1970, history tells us that this is the period when the Queen cultivates her steadiest relationship with soon-to-be Prime Minister Harold Wilson, who served as head of the British government during this time.

Additionally, it should also feature the decolonisation of Africa and the Caribbean, the birth of Prince Edward (March 1964), and Prince Charles’ (who will be played by The Durrells star Josh O’Connor) movement into the public eye following his coronation as the Prince of Wales in 1969.