After The Crown Season 3, Prepare For 'Brilliant' Gillian Anderson In Season 4

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After The Crown Season 3, prepare for Gillian Anderson to be “brilliant” in Season 4, according to her co-star Olivia Colman. In case you missed it, Anderson will be making her debut on The Crown next season. The star will portray Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on the fan-favorite series.

If you are in need of a The Crown Season 4 tease for after Season 3’s release, you are in luck. Gillian Anderson’s performance is already getting massive accolades from her Oscar-winning co-star, Olivia Colman. Colman is wearing the tiara as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown’s latest season. Claire Foy previously portrayed the monarch during the series' first two seasons.

Season 3 awaits! However, the early tease of an excellent performance is always welcome. In the light of The Crown’s new season, Olivia Colman is already building buzz around Gillian Anderson’s portrayal of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Speaking about Anderson’s performance, Colman offered high praise, telling EW:

She’s amazing. The moment she opened her mouth in the read-through, you could feel everyone wanting to do a little silent ‘Yay!’ Because she was so brilliant.

How nice is that? Gillian Anderson will originate The Crown’s take on Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. In Season 4, the new line-up of actors playing the central roles will have one season under their crown. That’s right, when fans tune in to Season 3 of the expensive costume drama, they will see a lot of new faces.

Along with Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II, there will be a new Prince Phillip. Outlander’s Tobias Menzies is replacing Doctor Who’s Matt Smith. The Queen’s sister Princess Margaret will also be played by a different actress. Helena Bonham Carter is taking over from Vanessa Kirby. Last year, The Crown also found its Princess Anne.

Season 4 of The Crown will cover even more history with the royal family. For reference, Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister in 1979. The evolving timeline provided a different experience for Olivia Colman. Reflecting on the difference between Season 3 and Season 4, Colman said:

It’s interesting because, [Season] 3, for me, was like doing a historical piece. Now, it feels less like that and more, I remember that! I remember that voice! I remember that moment! It feels quite different. We had our read-through and to hear the voices of Margaret Thatcher and all of that, it’s quite fun.

It will be a while before The Crown’s viewers get a chance to join, Olivia Colman and company, for the fun of Season 4. It has been a long road to Season 3. Following its premiere, the wait for Season 4 begins. Fans are no strangers to having to wait for the show’s royal family to return. Season 2 premiered in 2017.

All the way back in 2018, fans got their first look at Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown’s third season. Just remember that after you finish binging the latest season, you should be an impressive performance from Gillian Anderson to anticipate. I think Anderson is a fantastic actress, so expectations are understandably high for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher.

Prepare for the regal performances that will comprise Season 3! The third season of The Crown bows on November 17 on Netflix, among other premieres. The third season marks one of this fall’s premieres.

Britt Lawrence

Like a contented Hallmark movie character, Britt happily lives in the same city she grew up in. Along with movies and television, she is passionate about competitive figure skating. She has been writing about entertainment for 5 years, and as you may suspect, still finds it as entertaining to do as when she began.