IRON LADY: First look at Meryl Streep's new role as Maggie Thatcher


IRON LADY: First look at Meryl Streep's new role as Maggie Thatcher
by Darius Kadivar

A look at the life of Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep), the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, with a focus on the price she paid for power.

The Iron Lady (2011) Directed by Phyllida Lloyd. With Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Richard E. Grant, Harry Lloyd.

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Tells the story of a woman who smashed through the barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male-dominated world. The story concerns power and the price that is paid for power, and is a surprising and insightful portrait of an extraordinary and complex woman.


Meryl Streep's Margaret Thatcher revealed in first still from The Iron Lady Catherine Shoard (guardian)

Biopic about Britain's first female PM by Mamma Mia! director Phyllida Lloyd also stars Jim Broadbent as Denis Thatcher

Last week, the new Man of Steel was revealed. Today, it's the turn of The Iron Lady,the Margaret Thatcher biopic that marks the latest collaboration for Meryl Streep and her Mamma Mia! director, Phyllida Lloyd.

The film, written by Abi Morgan (Sex Traffic,Brick Lane),started shooting at the end of January. Jim Broadbent plays Denis Thatcher, with Olivia Coleman as their daughter, Carol, and Alexandra Roach and Harry Lloyd as the couple in younger days. Anthony Head is Geoffrey Howe, Richard E Grant plays Michael Heseltine, Julian Wadham is Francis Pym and Michael Pennington Labour leader Michael Foot. Roger Allam rounds off the cast as television journalist-turned-political strategist Gordon Reece.

The film is billed as the story of "a woman who smashed through the barriers of genderand class to be heard in a male-dominated world. The story concerns power and the price that is paid for power, and is a surprising and intimate portrait of an extraordinary and complex woman."

Streep has welcomed the challenge of playing Britain's first female prime minister. "The prospect of exploring the swathe cut through history by this remarkable woman is a daunting and exciting challenge," she said. "I am trying to approach the role with as much zeal, fervour and attention todetail as the real Lady Thatcher possesses – I can only hope my stamina will beginto approach her own!"

The Iron Lady has already run into controversy. Last November it was revealed to beone of the last major beneficiaries of funding from the UK Film Council– a move some interpreted as a last-gasp snook cocked at the in coming Conservative-coalition government, which disbanded the UKFC shortly after winning power.

Thatcher's family were apparently appalled by the prospect of the film, said to involve the former prime minister reassessing her career with some regret after the death of her husband, and while suffering from dementia."They think it sounds like some left-wing fantasy," a friend of thefamily was reported to have said.

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Thatcher has the blood of Irish Hunger Strikers on her hand,

by Hooshang Tarreh-Gol on

There's no justice in this world, or she would have paid a price for all her crimes against English, Irish, Argentinian,....people.

British perfidy has no limits.

Wonder if the movie deals with any of those crimes? Probably not.

All Irish hunger strikers



Nice, Maybe? Maggie, Not!

by anglophile on

It has already received mixed reviews by the critics here and Mrs T (and her family) have declared it as a left-wing fantasy. Meryl was not granted an audience with Mrs T. Mind you Hollywood has never been good at making films about the British excpet when the leading roles were played by the British actors and actresses. Maggie's voice and accent cannot be immitated excpet by a Brit. Otherwise, Meryl makes for a sensuous Maggie. 


Meryl Streep is the best actress ever

by Mammad on

She has won two Oscars and nominated for about 15. The diversity of the great roles that she has played, from Kramer vs. Kramer to Sophie's Choice, Out of Africa, Julia Childs and Thatcher is simply astonishing. Cannot wait to see this one.



Of Lady Streep...

by پندارنیک on


Meryl Streep .....

by R2-D2 on

Is Truly An Outstanding Actress :)

As Far As "Maggie Thatcher", Well, There You Have Another British Political Leader - Let's Just Leave At That ;)

P.S. Wonderf If Our Friend 'anglophile' has anything to say about that ;) ! - He/She Most Certainly Admires Everything British :) ? !







 Looks spectacular. I

by vildemose on

 Looks spectacular. I predict another Oscar for many does she have??

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