‘I have not spoken to Margaret!’ Gillian Anderson is asked by a journalist if she TALKED to Thatcher about portraying her in The Crown  

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Gillian Anderson continued her series of awards for her portrayal of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher by taking home the Best Supporting Actress Emmy on Sunday night.

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Following the win, The Crown star, 53, took questions from the press—including an American journalist, who asked if she had spoken with Thatcher about the role.

The so-called Iron Lady Thatcher was in power between 1979-1990 – Anderson portrayed this era in the hit Netflix series – and died in 2013 at the age of 87, making conversation between the two women impossible.

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raising the dead? Gillian Anderson raised questions from the press at the Emmys on Sunday following her win to play former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Crown – including a reporter who asked if she spoke with Thatcher about the role Was

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Yet Anderson maintained his chivalry as he answered the question, barely giving it the clear controversy it deserved.

The journalist – who has since been identified as Tanya Hart of American Urban Radio Networks – asked: ‘Just to continue the whole Margaret Thatcher talk – have you talked to her about the role?’

With a nod of his head, Anderson replied: ‘Well, I haven’t spoken to Margaret…’

She left it there, going on to answer Hart’s second question about why America has never had a female president.

Like a chat?  The so-called Iron Lady Thatcher [pictured in 1984] was in power between 1979-1990 and died in 2013 at the age of 87, making talks between the two women impossible

Like a chat? The so-called Iron Lady Thatcher [pictured in 1984] was in power between 1979-1990 and died in 2013 at the age of 87, making talks between the two women impossible

Acclaimed: Anderson wins multiple awards for portraying Thatcher in fourth season of The Crown [pictured]

Acclaimed: Anderson wins multiple awards for portraying Thatcher in fourth season of The Crown [pictured]

Departing from the apparently bizarre first question, Anderson misconstrued the reporter’s follow-up, believing that Hart has asked why a woman had not been in power in Britain since Thatcher.

Explaining that Theresa May was prime minister from 2016–2019, Anderson said: ‘I think maybe the question is why is it taking so long for the United States to get a female leader… [Vice President] Kamala Harris. Maybe this is the next step.

Hart was heard trying to clarify his question but the Q&A ended.

insider It was reported on Monday that Hart has since insisted that he meant to ask whether Anderson had consulted Theresa May about the role, not Thatcher.

Oh dear!  The journalist - who has since been identified as Tanya Hart of American Urban Radio Networks - asked - 'Just to continue the whole Margaret Thatcher talk - have you talked to her about the role?'

Oh dear! The journalist – who has since been identified as Tanya Hart of American Urban Radio Networks – asked – ‘Just to continue the whole Margaret Thatcher talk – have you talked to her about the role?’

With a nod of his head, Anderson replied: 'Well, I haven't spoken to Margaret...'

With a nod of his head, Anderson replied: ‘Well, I haven’t spoken to Margaret…’

dumbfounded?  Clearly distracted by the bizarre first question, Anderson misjudges the reporter's follow-up about women in power in America.  Instead he pointed out that Theresa May was prime minister from 2016–2019.

Anderson said: 'I think maybe the question is why is it taking so long for the United States to get a female leader... [Vice President] Kamala Harris.  Maybe this is the next step

dumbfounded? Clearly distracted by the bizarre first question, Anderson misjudges the reporter’s follow-up about women in power in America. Instead he told that Theresa May [L] Was prime minister from 2016-2019, and he ‘probably’ [Vice President] Kamala Harris [R] The next step is

Anderson dedicated his gong to his “best friend” and manager during Sunday’s star-studded Awards, using his speech to pay tribute to Connie Freiberg for always being by her side and offering her support.

The star also thanked her ex-boyfriend Peter Morgan, who serves as producer and showrunner for The Crown.

She said: ‘I want to say thank you to Peter Morgan for creating this role and to Netflix for everything.

‘I really want to dedicate this award to a woman who has been my manager for 20 years, Connie Freiberg.

Proud: Anderson dedicates her Emmy Award win to her ‘best friend’ and manager during Sunday’s star-studded awards show

‘She believed in me like no one else would, believed in me when I didn’t think I had talent, always invited me to take me on the high road, she was the most successful person in my life so far’ Was one of the best friends.

‘She wore the same outfit to every award show for five years, three times a year, in slow fashion before everyone knew it was cool. I love you, this is for you. Thanks.’

Gillian beat the competition…

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