Gillian Anderson (The X-Files, The Crown) has joined the cast of The First Lady, Showtime’s anthology series of women in the White House. Anderson joins previously announced series leads Viola Davis and Michelle Pfeiffer, who will play Michelle Obama and Betty Ford, respectively.
“Roosevelt served as the First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945, making her the longest serving First Lady in history. She was an American political figure, diplomat and activist. Controversial for her outspokenness, particularly on civil rights, she was the first presidential spouse to hold regular press conferences, write a daily newspaper column and host a weekly radio show. She also pushed the United States to join and support the United Nations and became its first delegate.”
This is the second time Anderson will play a historical figure after portraying British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in Season 4 of The Crown at Netflix, which has earned her a Golden Globe nomination. She’s a great actress, and it will be interesting to see her in this new role.