X-Files actress Gillian Anderson has joined the cast of Netflix series ‘The Crown’ for its next phase in the life of Queen Elizabeth.

Anderson will play the role of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher who served in the position from 1979 to 1990. This means we won’t see Anderson in the role until its fourth season.

Season three will commence in 1963 and cover the proceeding 10 years. A period which saw The Beatles conquer the world stage and England winning the World Cup in 1966, some would say a prosperous time for the country.

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Claire Foy has now abdicated her throne for a right royal take over of the role of Queen Elizabeth by award-winning actress Olivia Colman. Tobias Menzies takes over the role of Prince Phillip from Matt Smith while Josh O’Connor takes on the role of a teenage Prince Charles while Marion Bailey takes on the role of The Queen Mother. Helena Bonham Carter takes over the role of Princess Margaret from Vanessa Kirby, Ben Daniels takes over as Antony Armstrong-Jones from Matthew Goode. Erin Doherty will play Princess Anne, and Jason Watkins will play Harold Wilson.

The producers have previously confirmed that Princess Diana would be introduced toward the end of the third season and will be featured heavily in the fourth and as-yet-unofficial fifth seasons. As yet an actress has yet to be cast in the role.

Season 3 of The Crown will arrive on Netflix in 2019