The Crown on Netflix: how Gillian Anderson managed to reproduce Margaret Thatcher’s diction

Clement Cusseau

Clement Cusseau


After studying film school, Clément Cusseau joined the editorial staff of AlloCiné in 2011. He is currently specialized in streaming content and news on SVOD platforms.

In the American show Actors on Actors, Gillian Anderson detailed her preparation to reproduce the voice of Margaret Thatcher in the series “The Crown”.


Along with Princess Diana as Emma Corrin, season four of The Crown introduced Britain’s first-ever female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, to the series. Gillian Anderson was chosen to lend her features to the Iron Lady, who has remained famous both for her ultra-conservative policies and for her atypical phrasing.

In order to faithfully reproduce the diction of the former leader of the Conservative Party, the 52-year-old actress has carried out an important preparation for the role, which she detailed in an interview for the show. Actor on Actors organized by the American magazine Variety. As she explained, the idea of ​​a denture to reproduce Thatcher’s deformed jaw was quickly abandoned for a more natural method:

We tried three or four types of dentures, but none worked. I then wondered if it would be possible for me to change the position of my jaw on my own and found that it was indeed doable. This allowed me to change my way of speaking.

Acclaimed by critics and the public for her stunning performance, Gillian Anderson was honored earlier this year with the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress. She is already one of the favorites of the next Emmy Awards, which will take place on September 19.

Remember that the actress will not participate in the next season of The Crown (centered on the divorce of Prince Charles and Lady Di) but will on the other hand be in the casting on September 17 of the third season of Sex Education.

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