Friday, February 11, 2011

Meryl as The Iron Lady

Photo courtesy of The Guardian

Perhaps you have heard the buzz this week about the new movie currently being filmed in London about the former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Titled "The Iron Lady," it tells the story of the Baroness Thatcher's rise to power as the first woman to lead a major Western democracy. The movie focuses on the days leading up to the 1982 Falklands War.

So if you were casting for the role, who would you pick?

None other than Meryl Streep, if you were the director Phyllida Lloyd, who also directed Ms. Streep in the hit "Mamma Mia." Jim Broadbent, an Oscar winner himself, and one of Britain's most versatile actors portrays her husband. Filming began around London two weeks ago, and one of my friends spotted them filming in Battersea Park today.

Several reports claim that family members are not extremely happy with the way Baroness Thatcher is being portrayed. It seems she is depicted as an elderly woman suffering from dementia who recalls with sadness some of the events of her life.

Do you think the resemblance is a bit uncanny? I mean if Meryl can channel Julia Childs, I imagine she can portray just about anyone.

And here's another tidbit for you. Margaret Thatcher lived in the house down the street from ours on Flood Street, no. 19, in the years preceding her move to 10 Downing Street.

A release date has not been announced, but when it is, you can be sure, I'll let you know!


  1. I have been reading about this and I can't wait to see it! I think Meryl Streep will be fabulous as Maggie, the Iron Lady!

    I am about to have my last cup of tea for day and then get supper ready. I guess you will be having your morning cuppa about now? Hope you have a wonderful day, Debi.

    Best wishes always,

  2. Margaret Thatcher came to our town once to speak. She is an icon and I think Meryl has her down flat!! It will be amazing to see this!! Thanks for the post and have a wonderful Valentine's weekend!!!

  3. she had to be tough to lead the amazing woman

  4. I hadn't heard about this new role for Meryl but I can always count on "my London friend" to keep me informed. Meryl has long been a favorite of mine. This sounds like another Oscar nomination for her, and I'll enjoy learning about the Iron Lady in the process.

    Happy Valentine's to you and your boyfriend!

  5. This movie sounds Fabulous! Meryl Streep is perfect for the part! Happy Weekend, Debi! xxoo :)

  6. I am so jealous, I admire Meryl so much and know this role will be amazing. Only dream of meeting her, to know she is in my city is exciting but sad to know I will not see her. x

  7. Meryl as Maggie!! - definitely yes!
    Wouldn't it be exciting to be able to view some of the filming. I'm sure Debi, you will recognise many of the locations used. Keep us informed.
    "All Things French"

  8. Can't wait to see it! We just saw The King's Speech and now am anxious to read some biographies of that time period. Any suggestions?

  9. I can't wait. That will be a must see.

    I have been visiting your past posts. Liverpool Rocks! When Jeff was just a pup (2) we took the train from London to Liverpool. It was the 1 year anniversary of John's death. We got a cab and drove to all of the memorable places (childhood homes,etc). I took pictures like my life depended on it. I enjoyed reading your posts. they brought back some nice memories.

    Happy Valentine's day to you.


  10. I just this week saw something on this movie, and when I saw the pic of M. Streep in character,I was blown away! I loved that movie, The Queen. I'm sure this one will be great as well.

  11. Oh, how I love Meryl! I'm putting this movie on my list!!