It was inevitable that Britain’s first ever female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher would be immortalised on screen. Changing both the political landscape of our country and the lives of many of its inhabitants, her long-serving tenure as leader of the Conservative party still leaves many divided even today. The Baroness passed away peacefully after a long battle with ill health and though she is no longer with us, her legacy remains. Let’s take a look at her most memorable incarnations…
1. The Iron Lady
Meryl Streep won an Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in the biographical film The Iron Lady. Though her performance was met with much critical acclaim, many felt that the story was misrepresentative of a time which for many, seemed very troubled.
2. Spitting Image
Most of us were probably too young to fully appreciate the satire of Spitting Image but we’ll never forget the puppet caricatures of the political leaders of our childhood. The stuff of nightmares, even.
3. Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley
Andrea Riseborough channelled a young Maggie in this BBC Four drama which was based upon her early political career and relationship with her husband Dennis Thatcher.
4. Georgia May Jagger
Prior to the release of The Iron Lady, Mick and Jerry Hall’s daughter posed for a Harper’s Bazaar tongue-in-cheek shoot inspired by the power suits often wore by the former Prime Minister. She looks ace, as did Margaret Thatcher.
5. For Your Eyes Only
Erm, hands up if you knew that Margaret Thatcher was a Bond girl? Well, sort of. Janet Brown takes on Margaret Thatcher as Prime Minister in the closing scene of For Your Eyes Only...