First Look: Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher from 'The Iron Lady'

February 8, 2011

Thatcher / Streep

Back in 2009 she transformed herself into the gifted and charming cook Julia Child for the split story of Julie & Julia. Now the amazing Meryl Streep is back as another iconic woman in The Iron Lady, the story of Margaret Thatcher who rose to become the first woman to lead a major Western democracy. She won three successive General Elections and served as British Prime Minister for more than eleven years, a record unmatched in the 20th century. Fox has sent us the first look at Streep in full wardrobe and make-up, and it's clear that this will be yet another role she'll disappears into like a chameleon. See the photo below!

Here's or first look at Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady:

Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher

Written by award-winning writer Abi Morgan (Sex Traffic, Brick Lane), directed by Phyllida Lloyd (Mamma Mia), The Iron Lady tells the compelling story of Margaret Thatcher, 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 intimate portrait of an extraordinary and complex woman. Filming began last month with Meryl Streep and Jim Broadbent (playing Denis Thatcher), but a release date has not been set for now. Thoughts?

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  • Desispeed
    give her the academy award now....don't even have to see the actual performance as everyone knows Streep's acting abilities!
  • Film Fan
    Streep is the best. I had high hopes for this film, but I didn't know it was directed by the guy who did "Mamma Mia!". Now THAT concerns me. Putrid movie. Anyway, Streep was ROBBED of an Oscar last year. Losing to stinkin' Sandra Bullock for "The Blind Side"!? Give me a fucking break.
  • Loser
    Film fan Isn`t the director a woman? Looks great to me high hopes for this
  • Voice of Reason
    "Oohh, a bottle of Meryl Streep's perfume, 'Versatility!'" —Marge Simpson
    • voodoo2
      "Smell like Streep for cheap."
  • Thatcher is one woman I'll be happy to hear is dead. If only she got blown up in the 80's.
  • Thatcher is one woman I'll be happy to hear is dead. If only she got blown up in the 80's.
    • Anonymous
      now that's *harsh*. but entirely fair.
      • Anonymous
        sorry. perhaps a bit much. it's just that the word 'Thatcher' brings out the worst in me.
    • voodoo2
      Yeah, I'm sure you'd have been happy being brought up in a bomb shelter or growing up speaking Russian. For all their faults, Thatcher and Reagan brought the Cold War to an end.
    Why do liberals always wish people dead?
    • I'm not a liberal Europop.
    • MT808
      Thatcher was a liberal.
  • Well said Europop. I'm sure this film will do it's best to put the boot in and portray Margaret, Dennis and the rest of the Tory cabinet in the most crowd pleasing, 'spitting image' style stereotypes.
    • Anonymous
      (bad) joking aside, i'd hope not. with someone of Streep's stature and abilities involved - not to mention Jim Broadbent - i'd prefer something which tried to paint a more rounded picture and tell an interesting story. More like The Queen or one of the Michael Sheen / Blair films than Spitting Image.
  • sleepykid
    Horror film of the year, hands down.
  • Kinks!
    Margaret Thatcher can burn in the hell, scum.
  • Steven
    I'd vote her into office again if I could, sort out the bloody mess Labour left us in yet again! Labour came into power, gaining the benefits of the country being put back onto its feet by Thatcher and Major, and they've spent all of OUR cash (including selling gold reserves at their lowest price!). On the film itself - could be interesting to see how some of the inner workings of the cabinet are on the screen. Streep is fantastic, I and want to see her go into the room with the SAS guys to congratulate 'her boys' for the Embassy Job.
    • Mangetout808
      You really need to learn some history
      • Steven
        You really need to open your eyes. Also if I'm to learn my history, shouldn't you as well as above you seem to think Thatcher was a Liberal.....
        • Mirandaprieslty22
          she was a liberal, the conservative party is a liberal party, economically speaking - neoliberalism...I suppose you heard of it...




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