Meryl Streep on playing Margaret Thatcher

Meryl Streep, who calls the role of Thatcher as "Lear for girls"

Here's my interview with actress Meryl Streep in which she denies giving a sympathetic portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in new film The Iron Lady.

Streep, who is the most Oscar-nominated actress of all time, says that she wanted to "capture whatever it was that drew people to her and whatever it was that meant people have a special venom for her".

Asked if she had any qualms about taking on the role while Baroness Thatcher was still alive, she tells me: "I felt that if we did it in the right way it'd be okay."

Will Gompertz, Arts editor Article written by Will Gompertz Will Gompertz Arts editor

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