The Crowns Olivia Colman photobombs Gillian Anderson and Peter Morgans snap from set – Daily Mail

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She’s received critical acclaim for her portrayal Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in series four of The Crown.

And Gillian Anderson treated fans to a behind-the-scenes image from set on Instagram on Wednesday.

The cheery actress, 52, cosied up to her long-term partner and show creator Peter Morgan as cheeky Olivia Colman – who plays on The Queen on the Netflix programme – lurked in the background.

Behind-the-scenes: The Crown's Gillian Anderson flashed a grin in a throwback snap on set with photobomber Olivia Colman and show creator Peter Morgan to Instagram on Wednesday

Behind-the-scenes: The Crown's Gillian Anderson flashed a grin in a throwback snap on set with photobomber Olivia Colman and show creator Peter Morgan to Instagram on Wednesday

Behind-the-scenes: The Crown’s Gillian Anderson flashed a grin in a throwback snap on set with photobomber Olivia Colman and show creator Peter Morgan to Instagram on Wednesday

Poking fun at the fellow screen star’s surprise appearance in the photo, the X-Files legend wrote: ‘The Queen of photo bombs. @thecrownnetflix.’ (sic)

The award-winning thespians transformed their looks in retro wigs, while the screenwriter, 57, cut a sharp figure in a turtleneck jumper.

Gillian and Peter have been in a relationship since 2016 following her split from long-term partner Mark Griffiths in 2012, and his separation from his wife Lila Schwarzenberg two years later. 

Cheeky: Poking fun at the fellow screen star's surprise appearance in the photo, the X-Files legend , 52, wrote: 'The Queen of photo bombs. @thecrownnetflix'

Cheeky: Poking fun at the fellow screen star's surprise appearance in the photo, the X-Files legend , 52, wrote: 'The Queen of photo bombs. @thecrownnetflix'

Cheeky: Poking fun at the fellow screen star’s surprise appearance in the photo, the X-Files legend , 52, wrote: ‘The Queen of photo bombs. @thecrownnetflix’ 

(pictured on Thursday)

(pictured on Thursday)

‘It was for our sanity’: Earlier this month, the actress insisted she had ‘ clear boundaries’ with screenwriter Peter, 57, who she’s been dating for four years (pictured last Thursday)

Earlier this month, the blonde reflected on her role as ‘divisive’ Margaret in a new interview.

Gillian revealed she received help from two vocal coaches and rehearsed in ‘dark and abandoned rooms’ to channel the late politician, who led the country from 1979 until 1990.

The media personality admitted getting into costume also helped her play the stateswoman as she said: ‘Never in my life would I wear the shoes she wore. But walking in the way I learned to walk as her, and in those shoes, just helped so much.’

'Never in my life would I wear the shoes she wore': The screen star recently reflected on portraying 'divisive' former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in series four

'Never in my life would I wear the shoes she wore': The screen star recently reflected on portraying 'divisive' former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in series four

The real deal: Margaret pictured in 1979

The real deal: Margaret pictured in 1979

‘Never in my life would I wear the shoes she wore’: The screen star (L) recently reflected on portraying ‘divisive’ former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (R in 1979) in series four

Gillian, who also sported a fat suit and ‘really uncomfortable nylon stockings’ on set, insisted she ‘let go’ of her ‘preconceived ideas of Margaret’ and  had picked up on the politician’s mannerisms by watching old videos of her.

On feeling distant from her distinctive voice, she told The Sun: ‘It’s quite easy to parody her voice, which makes it hard to identify with. It was about trying to find the balance, but at the same time understanding who she was and how she operated.’ 

In order to fully transform into Margaret, Gillian explained how she would practise her role alone – in a place she refers to as ‘elsewhere’.

Wow! The TV and film star received help from two vocal coaches and rehearsed in 'dark and abandoned rooms' to channel the late politician, who led the country from 1979 until 1990

Wow! The TV and film star received help from two vocal coaches and rehearsed in 'dark and abandoned rooms' to channel the late politician, who led the country from 1979 until 1990

Wow! The TV and film star received help from two vocal coaches and rehearsed in ‘dark and abandoned rooms’ to channel the late politician, who led the country from 1979 until 1990

'It was about trying to find the balance': The blonde admitted sporting a fat suit and 'really uncomfortable nylon stockings' also helped her play the stateswoman (pictured in February)

'It was about trying to find the balance': The blonde admitted sporting a fat suit and 'really uncomfortable nylon stockings' also helped her play the stateswoman (pictured in February)

‘It was about trying to find the balance’: The blonde admitted sporting a fat suit and ‘really uncomfortable nylon stockings’ also helped her play the stateswoman (pictured in February)

The mother-of-three elaborated: ‘When we were doing The Crown, I’d get a chair and put it in some dark, dusty corner or an abandoned room. I always referred to it as ”elsewhere”, and if the director wanted me, they’d have to come to my elsewhere. I’m quite fond of an ”elsewhere”.’ 

The Sex Education star revealed it took months to research the Iron Lady, and sat in the hair and make-up chair for an hour and a half at a time. 

Earlier this month, she spoke to Harper’s Bazaar as she insisted she had ‘very clear boundaries’ with her partner and show creator Peter Morgan, 57, when they worked together on The Crown. 

Background: Baroness Thatcher (pictured with Brian Walden in 1979), who led the country from 1979 until 1990, passed away in April 2013 after suffering a stroke aged 87

Background: Baroness Thatcher (pictured with Brian Walden in 1979), who led the country from 1979 until 1990, passed away in April 2013 after suffering a stroke aged 87

Background: Baroness Thatcher (pictured with Brian Walden in 1979), who led the country from 1979 until 1990, passed away in April 2013 after suffering a stroke aged 87

Gillian told the publication: ‘For our own sanity, and actually for the benefit of the relationship, we had very clear boundaries. 

‘I am not going to comment on the script, but you are not allowed to comment on the performance!’ 

The fourth season of The Crown, with Olivia Colman returning in the lead role of Elizabeth II, premiered on Netflix on Sunday. The new series covers the period of Margaret’s reign and her relationship with the Monarch.

Baroness Thatcher passed away in April 2013 after suffering a stroke aged 87.

 

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