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Gillian Anderson Asked If She'd Spoken To Maggie Thatcher For Role In The Crown

Gillian Anderson Asked If She'd Spoken To Maggie Thatcher For Role In The Crown

You have read the headline correctly. Poor Gillian Anderson.

On Sunday night, the 73rd Emmy Awards saw TV royalty brace the red carpet for this year's iteration of the ceremony.

It was a big night for The Crown, which ended up scooping 'Outstanding Drama Series' on the night. Olivia Coleman won 'Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series'.

In total, the historical drama picked up seven awards, including both supporting actor nods for Tobias Menzies and Gillian Anderson as Prince Philip and Margaret Thatcher.

Anderson was highly praised for her portrayal of the late Prime Minister, but the night didn't end without some incredibly awkward questioning.

An American reporter asked if she had spoken to Thatcher about her performance. Season 4 of The Crown finished filming in early 2020. Thatcher died a mere seven years prior.

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"Well, I have not spoken to Margaret," Anderson politely responded, despite there being a window of opportunity for correction.

The interesting line of questioning from the same reporter did not end there. Anderson was asked why it was taking so long for America to have a female leader.

She responded by pointing out that the UK had just had a female Prime Minister from 2016 to 2019 in Theresa May, before adding that Kamala Harris might be next in line.

In total, The Crown was nominated for 11 awards and became the first TV show to win all seven drama related nods.

Ted Lasso won 'Outstanding Comedy Series' on the night, with The Queen's Gambit taking home 'Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series'.

There were also wins for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, the famed Saturday Night Live and popular musical Hamilton.

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