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The Crown offers first look at Margaret Thatcher’s family as Gillian Anderson films scene with husband and son

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THE Crown has offered a first look at Margaret Thatcher’s family as Gillian Anderson filmed scenes with her on-screen husband and son.

The 51-year-old was confirmed for the role of Britain's first female Prime Minister last year, and has already been pictured filming season four of the hit Netflix series.

But this week, she was finally joined by co-stars Stephen Boxer - who plays Margaret's husband Denis - and Freddie Fox, who is taking on the role of her controversial son Mark.

Gillian showed off an incredible transformation into Margaret as she filmed her scenes, wearing a grey suit and matching blouse, with her hair styled in the Prime Minister's signature bouffant.

Meanwhile Stephen was a dead ringer for Denis in a smart suit and glasses, while Freddie also looked dapper in a suit as he filmed Mark's scenes with his on-screen parents.

The family were seen stepping out of a house into the street while being trailed by paparazzi and TV crews while police tried to keep them under control.

The Crown writer Peter Morgan - who is also Gillian's real life partner - previously praised her performance as Thatcher.

He told Variety: "She is fierce and brilliant."

Peter also spoke about Margaret's legendary bouffant hairstyle and recalling the first time he saw Gillian in full costume, he said: "That was a scary experience.

"It is [a lot of hair]. It's candyfloss, a sort of candyfloss helmet which protects her from falling masonry."

Last week, The Sun exclusively revealed The Crown would be coming to an end after season five, not season six as previously expected.

The final series, which will star Imelda Staunton as the Queen, is expected to cover up to 2003 — missing the modern royal scandals including Prince Andrew’s relationship with dead sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle standing down as senior royals.

Creator Peter Morgan, 56, said: “At the outset I had imagined The Crown running for six seasons.

“But now that we have begun work on the stories for season five it has become clear to me that this is the perfect time and place to stop.”

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