Gillian Anderson set to star as Eleanor Roosevelt in new Showtime series The First Lady – Daily Mail

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She recently portrayed a formidable female in the form of Margret Thatcher in Netflix hit The Crown. 

And Gillian Anderson is now set to portray yet another historic figure as she’s been cast as Eleanor Roosevelt in new Showtime series The First Lady.

The actress, 52, will star alongside Michelle Pfeiffer as Betty Ford and Viola Davis as Michelle Obama in the anthology series about the wives of Presidents.

New role: Gillian Anderson is set to portray yet another historic figure as she's been cast as Eleanor Roosevelt in new Showtime series The First Lady

New role: Gillian Anderson is set to portray yet another historic figure as she's been cast as Eleanor Roosevelt in new Showtime series The First Lady

New role: Gillian Anderson is set to portray yet another historic figure as she’s been cast as Eleanor Roosevelt in new Showtime series The First Lady

Discussing Gillian’s casting, Amy Israel, executive vice president of scripted programming for Showtime, said: ‘Gillian Anderson is an actress of incredible range and exquisite talent — she is the perfect choice to complete this powerhouse trio, who will inhabit the roles of these iconic women.’

She continued: ‘It’s inspiring to have Gillian, Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Susanne Bier and Cathy Schulman at the forefront of The First Lady.

‘They have truly set the stage for a landmark Showtime series.’

Icon: Eleanor, the wife of president Franklin D. Roosevelt, was the First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945, making her the longest serving First Lady in history (pictured in 1962)

Icon: Eleanor, the wife of president Franklin D. Roosevelt, was the First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945, making her the longest serving First Lady in history (pictured in 1962)

Icon: Eleanor, the wife of president Franklin D. Roosevelt, was the First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945, making her the longest serving First Lady in history (pictured in 1962)

The series, created by Aaron Cooley, is described as a reframing of American leadership, told through the eyes of the women at the heart of the White House.

It will reveal the personal and political lives of First Ladies from throughout history, with season one set to focus on the wives of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Gerald Ford and Barack Obama.

Eleanor, the wife of president Franklin D. Roosevelt, was the First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945, making her the longest serving First Lady in history.

Co-star: Gillian will be in good company after it was revealed last month that Michelle Pfeiffer signed on to star as Betty Ford in the limited series

Co-star: Gillian will be in good company after it was revealed last month that Michelle Pfeiffer signed on to star as Betty Ford in the limited series

Role: Michelle will play Betty Ford  (pictured in 1987)

Role: Michelle will play Betty Ford  (pictured in 1987)

Co-star: Gillian will be in good company after it was revealed last month that Michelle Pfeiffer signed on to star as Betty Ford in the limited series 

She was an American political figure, activist and diplomat, known for her outspoken views, particularly regarding civil rights. 

While she was the first presidential spouse to preside over regular press conferences, host her own weekly radio show and write her own newspaper column. 

Gillian is nominated for a Golden Globe for her portrayal of another 20th century political icon Margaret Thatcher, so will no doubt have no issues stepping into the grand shoes of Eleanor.

The actress, who currently stars in Sex Education, is perhaps best known as FBI special agent Dana Scully in The X Files, which she starred in alongside David Duchovy (Fox Mulder). 

Female perspective: While they join Viola Davis as Michelle Obama in the series, which she is also executive producing along with her husband Julius Tennon

Female perspective: While they join Viola Davis as Michelle Obama in the series, which she is also executive producing along with her husband Julius Tennon

What a  woman: Michelle Obama is another First Lady to be featured int he series

What a  woman: Michelle Obama is another First Lady to be featured int he series

Female perspective: While they join Viola Davis as Michelle Obama in the series, which she is also executive producing along with her husband Julius Tennon

Good choice: 'Gillian Anderson is an actress of incredible range and exquisite talent ¿ she is the perfect choice to complete this powerhouse trio'

Good choice: 'Gillian Anderson is an actress of incredible range and exquisite talent ¿ she is the perfect choice to complete this powerhouse trio'

Good choice: ‘Gillian Anderson is an actress of incredible range and exquisite talent — she is the perfect choice to complete this powerhouse trio’

Gillian will be in good company after it was revealed last month that Michelle Pfeiffer, 62, signed on to star in the limited series.

While they join Viola Davis, 55, in the series, which she is also executive producing along with her husband Julius Tennon, 67.

Susanne Bier, whose credits include The Night Manager and The Undoing, will be directing the episodes. 

Showtime’s Amy previously said of the signings: ‘Michelle Pfeiffer and Susanne Bier have joined the brilliant and incomparable Viola Davis to bring the remarkable stories of these women into urgent, engrossing and long overdue focus.’

Inspiring: Eleanor was the first presidential spouse to preside over regular press conferences, host her own weekly radio show and write her own newspaper column (pictured with President Roosevelt in 1941)

Inspiring: Eleanor was the first presidential spouse to preside over regular press conferences, host her own weekly radio show and write her own newspaper column (pictured with President Roosevelt in 1941)

Inspiring: Eleanor was the first presidential spouse to preside over regular press conferences, host her own weekly radio show and write her own newspaper column (pictured with President Roosevelt in 1941)

She went on: ‘Michelle brings authenticity, vulnerability and complexity to all her roles, and Susanne is a visionary director who commands the screen with fierce honesty and a singular visual style. 

‘With these formidable artists in front of and behind the camera, we couldn’t be more thrilled — especially at this unique moment in time for our nation — about the powerful promise of The First Lady.’

The stellar cast also includes Judy Greer as Nancy Howe, Aaron Eckhart as President Gerald Ford and Kristine Forseth as young Betty Ford.

While Jayme Lawson is set to play a young Michelle Obama and Rhys Wakefield will portray vice president Dick Cheney.

Iron lady: Gillian is nominated for a Golden Globe for her portrayal of another 20th century political icon Margaret Thatcher, so will no doubt have no issues stepping into the grand shoes of Eleanor

Iron lady: Gillian is nominated for a Golden Globe for her portrayal of another 20th century political icon Margaret Thatcher, so will no doubt have no issues stepping into the grand shoes of Eleanor

Iron lady: Gillian is nominated for a Golden Globe for her portrayal of another 20th century political icon Margaret Thatcher, so will no doubt have no issues stepping into the grand shoes of Eleanor

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