Gillian Anderson might be playing a very famous figure in ‘The Crown’

Rumours have been circulating that The X-Files star Gillian Anderson could be joining the cast of The Crown!

Netflix’s award-winning period drama tells the story of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.

The third season is currently filming and will see the show’s entire cast being replaced by older actors as the story moves further into the second half of the 20th Century.

One new famous figure that will be introduced in The Crown is divisive former Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher.

Baroness Thatcher was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990. ‘The Iron Lady’ was the longest-serving British prime minister of the 20th century and the UK’s first ever female PM.

The Mail reports that Gillian Anderson is being lined up to play Thatcher in the show’s fourth season.

Best-known for playing FBI Agent Dana Scully in The X-Files, the 50-year-old British-American actress has been the romantic partner of The Crown writer Peter Morgan since 2016.

Anderson has appeared in several BBC period dramas in recent years, with acclaimed performances in War & Peace, Bleak House and Great Expectations.

A source close to The Crown commented: “Gillian is an excellent actress, so it would be a real coup to get her.”

We think she’d be brilliant as Thatcher, so hopefully this rumour turns out to be true.

The Crown is available to buy on DVD on Amazon here.

The third season of The Crown is expected to premiere on Netflix around the world in early 2019.