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Andrea Riseborough praises Meryl Streep's masterful Thatcher


Story by Jack Foley

LEADING British actress Andrea Riseborough – often hailed as one of the most talented leading ladies of her generation – has heaped praise upon Meryl Streep’s portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.

The praise is particularly relevant given that Riseborough played a young Maggie in Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley.

But while promoting her new film, W.E. – in which she plays another historical figure in the form of Wallis Simpson – Riseborough said: “It’s extraordinary, isn’t it? I think she [Meryl Streep] is just totally amazing. I think she should get an Oscar for having breakfast.”

Elaborating still further on the film, which she confessed to having seen three times already, Riseborough said: “What I loved about the film, and I think Phyllida Lloyd is just incredible, is that it was really a film about a woman clearing out her dead husband’s closet. And that in itself is a movie! It just so happened that the woman is Margaret Thatcher.

“I just think it’s the most wonderful idea. The bravery and devotion and sadness and… the just completely captivating dedication with which she played the part was jaw-dropping. I think she’s phenomenal in it.”

Read our verdict on The Iron Lady or read the full interview with Andrea Riseborough

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