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Streep an 'outsider' like Thatcher

Published 16/12/2011

Meryl Streep said she was an outsider like Margaret Thatcher
Meryl Streep said she was an outsider like Margaret Thatcher

Meryl Streep has revealed she could connect with Margaret Thatcher - because they've both been outsiders.

The actress - who has just received a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of the former Prime Minister in The Iron Lady - admitted that although she didn't agree with the Tory politician's decisions, she did feel a link to her.

"Phyllida (Law, director) said she thought I was to play the part because I was an outsider and Margaret Thatcher was an outsider in her world and in her party. She was always where she didn't belong or wasn't wanted," she told the Daily Mirror.

"I guess I'm as passionate about my work as she was, and, like her, I don't want what I'm trying to do to be misconstrued."

But the Oscar-winning star revealed she's no Iron Lady in real life.

"No, I'm an ironing lady," she quipped. "But I can be strict at home, you betcha. In every marriage there's a good cop/bad cop and I'm the bad cop."

:: The Iron Lady is out on January 6.

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