Margaret Thatcher's Husband Denis Thatcher,the husband of England's first female prime minister, is just one of the many new characters we meet in the show's fourth chapter
In her 68 years on the throne, Queen Elizabeth II has seen 14 prime ministers pass through 10 Downing Street. Thanks to The Crown's dramatic—and somewhat historically accurate—retelling of the monarch's life and reign (the first three seasons have covered the years from her marriage to Prince Philip in 1947 to her Silver Jubilee in 1977), we've become acquainted with a number of these politicians, imagined what their private behind-closed-door conversations with the Queen might have been like, and even gotten a bit of a history lesson on the lesser-known PMs. (Did you know who Harold Wilson and Edward Heath were before season three?)
But the prime minister we meet in the fourth season of The Crown hardly needs a primer. She's Margaret Thatcher, the formidable woman who was not only England's first female prime minister, but also its longest serving one in the 20th century, occupying 10 Downing from 1979 to 1990.
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher curtsies to Queen Elizabeth, as her husband Denis looks on, 1985.
Although they were born just six months apart, Queen Elizabeth and Margaret Thatcher had, by most accounts, a complicated relationship. Their clashes of personality and world view will certainly be a major plot point in The Crown's season 4, which stars Gillian Anderson as Thatcher and brings back Olivia Colman in her role as the Queen.
Throughout its run, the show has also made a point of offering glimpses into the interior lives of its prime ministers. We've watched Winston Churchill agonize over his legacy and Harold Macmillan become a helpless cuckold as his wife, the blue-blooded Lady Dorothy Cavendish, partakes in a decades-long, not-so-secret affair with politician Robert Boothby.
Gillian Anderson and Stephen Boxer as Margaret and Denis Thatcher in the fourth season of The Crown.
This season will be no different. And while Margaret Thatcher is undeniably an icon, her husband Denis may need a little bit of an introduction. Played by Stephen Boxer, the first male spouse of a British prime minister has a notable role in The Crown. "I never could have been Prime Minister for more than 11 years without Denis by my side," Margaret Thatcher wrote in her autobiography. Here is what we know about him.