The Crown season 4: How old was Margaret Thatcher when she became Prime Minister?
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The Crown season four is almost here and the series is one of the most highly-regarded on the streaming platform, Netflix. The historical drama series follows the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, who is played by Olivia Colman in the upcoming season. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know about how old Margaret Thatcher was when she became the UK prime minister.
How old was Margaret Thatcher when she became Prime Minister?
Season four of The Crown arrives on Netflix on November 15 and this season spans the years 1977 to 1990, during Thatcher’s time in office.
The new season also covers the marriage of Lady Diana Spencer (Emma Corrin) and Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor), and Lord Mountbatten’s (Charles Dance) funeral following his assassination.
The trailer for season four shows the Queen in dispute with Thatcher, as she does not agree with how the country was being governed at the time.
Actress Anderson as Thatcher is heard saying: “Your Majesty, I think we have enough respect for one another personally to ask ourselves some of the bigger questions, woman to woman.
“We are the same age, after all, just six months between us.”
The Queen proceeds to ask who is the senior, to which Thatcher says: “I am, Ma’am.”
Thatcher is then heard saying how her goal is to “change this country from being dependent to self-reliant, and I think, in that, I am succeeding.”
However, the Queen answers back saying: “Joblessness, recession, crises…It’s a dangerous game to make enemies left, right and centre.”
Thatcher served as prime minister between 1979 and 1990, and she was the leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 until the year of her resignation.
She was the first female prime minister and she was the longest-serving British prime minister of that century.
She was nicknamed The Iron Lady due to her relentlessness and her uncompromising attitude towards governing the country.
The Conservative leader was 54-years-old when she became prime minister, with her party winning a 44-seat majority.
She became less popular with voters during her first years in office, due to a rise in unemployment figures and the impending recession.
However, support for the prime minister rose after the victory of the Falklands War in 1982, and she was re-elected as the leader of the government the following year.
She survived a third term in 1987, but later resigned as leader in 1990 following a wave of scepticism over her opinions on poll tax and Europe.
Thatcher eventually retired from The Commons in 1992, and she died in 2013 after suffering a stroke at the age of 87.
Despite the controversiality surrounding her, she remains to be seen as one of the most influential politicians in British history.
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Her appearance in The Crown is one of the most highly-anticipated of the series and fans are keen to find out how Anderson approaches her character.
One fan commented on the trailer saying: “Gillian Anderson’s portrayal of Thatcher will be immense. She will own this series of The Crown.”
Another fan said: “ONLY Gillian Anderson could have done a better Thatcher than Meryl Streep. The voice is pretty much perfect.”
Some viewers even want as far as to say they were more excited to see Thatcher than the Queen in the latest season.
Anderson said she was able to show different sides of Thatcher, both as a mother and as a political leader. She said: “There’s one episode that deals with Thatcher as a mother – an episode that delves into her state of mind when her son Mark was missing for a few days while racing in the Paris-Dakar car rally and how her feelings for Mark seem to differ from her feelings for her daughter Carol.
“We also see her making shepherd’s pie for cabinet ministers in the flat and her wonderfully close and supportive relationship with her husband Dennis. All aspects of her that (unless you’ve seen the latest BBC documentary on her) you might not have considered would be a part of her life experience as a woman on the world stage.”
She admitted she knew very little about Thatcher before she started researching the iconic figure, and she said she now has a much more rounded opinion of her, rather than just seeing her as a female prime minister.
Born Margaret Hilda Roberts, the former Prime Minister was born in 1925 in Lincolnshire, and just before the Second World War she and her family supported a Jewish girl who had escaped Nazi Germany.
Margaret had helped save pocket money to pay for the young girl’s journey to England, and very few knew about her softer, more empathetic side.
The Crown season 4 airs on Netflix on November 15
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