Why Gillian Anderson is not returning to The Crown

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Read to find out why the acclaimed actor would be returning to the wildly popular Netflix series, The Crown.

Gillian Anderson is a highly popular and respected actress, known for her versatile range of roles in film, television, and theater. Most recently, she's been a part of The Crown and wowed fans with her electric performance as Margaret Thatcher.

That being said, it was revealed that she wouldn't be returning to the role, which prompts fans to wonder why.

Why Gillian Anderson is not returning to The Crown  Mike Marsland

Iconic roles

Anderson was born on August 9, 1968, in Chicago, Illinois, to English parents. Her family moved frequently during her childhood, spending time in London and Grand Rapids, Michigan, before settling in Crouch End, a suburb of London, when Anderson was 11 years old. She attended the prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama in London, where she honed her acting skills.

Anderson's breakthrough role came in 1993 when she was cast as FBI agent Dana Scully in the hit TV series The X-Files. Her portrayal of Scully earned her critical acclaim and numerous awards, including an Emmy and a Golden Globe. Anderson went on to star in a variety of film and TV roles, including The Fall, Hannibal, and Sex Education.

In addition to her work in front of the camera, Anderson has also had a successful career on stage. She has appeared in numerous theater productions, including a highly-praised performance in A Streetcar Named Desire at the Young Vic in London. Throughout her career, Anderson has become known for her versatility and her ability to inhabit a wide range of characters with depth and nuance.

Why Gillian Anderson is not returning to The Crown  FOX

A powerful performance

Anderson's portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in the fourth season of the hit Netflix series The Crown was a major success. Anderson's performance was widely praised by critics and audiences alike, with many hailing her as a standout in the series. She brought Thatcher's distinct voice and mannerisms to life, while also delving into the complex political and personal struggles of the Iron Lady.

Anderson's work on The Crown earned her a Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series, as well as an Emmy nomination. Her performance was noted for its nuance and sensitivity, with Anderson deftly capturing both Thatcher's steely determination and vulnerability. Anderson's chemistry with co-star Olivia Colman, who played Queen Elizabeth II, was also a highlight of the series.

Overall, Anderson's success on The Crown further cemented her status as a versatile and talented actress, capable of delivering powerful and nuanced performances across a range of roles and mediums. Her work on the show will no doubt be remembered as one of the highlights of her career.

Why Gillian Anderson is not returning to The Crown  NBC

Moving on

The Sun recently made a claim that scheduling issues were the reason for Anderson's absence from the sixth and final season of The Crown, particularly during a period in the show where her character has crucial scenes.

However, this was debunked by a Netflix spokesperson who noted to Metro that she 'was never intended to return as [her character on the show,] Margaret Thatcher.' Anderson herself took to twitter to dispel rumors that she refused to take part in the new season, which allegedly forced the producers of the show to rewrite their scripts.

Why Gillian Anderson is not returning to The Crown  Jeff Spicer

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