The Crown star Gillian Anderson was left a little surprised after her win at this year’s Emmys, when a reporter asked whether she’d had the chance to speak to Margaret Thatcher about playing her in the royal drama.
Gillian joined the cast of The Crown in its fourth series, which debuted last year, and spans Thatcher’s time in power in the 1980s and early 90s.
After being awarded Best Supporting Actress at Sunday night’s Emmys, Gillian made her way backstage to speak to the press, where she was greeted with one rather unexpected question from a reporter.
“Hi Gillian, congratulations I love you on this show,” the reporter in question began. “Just to continue with the whole Margaret Thatcher thing, first question, have you talked to her about this role at all?”
On whether she’d had the chance to speak to Thatcher – who died six years before Gillian was announced for the role – the Sex Education star politely responded: “I have not spoken to Margaret.”
This year marked Gillian’s second win at the Emmys, having previously taken home an award for her role in The X-Files back in 1997.
Not a reporter asking Gillian Anderson if she’s talked to Margaret Thatcher about playing her pic.twitter.com/71WN1b3eX0
— Erik Anderson (@awards_watch) September 20, 2021
Meanwhile, The Crown took home a total of seven awards, including its first ever win for Best Drama.
Cast members Olivia Colman, Tobias Menzies and Josh O’Connor joined Gillian in winning awards in the acting categories, with the regal Netflix series also picking up Outstanding Directing and Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series.
Among the British winners were I May Destroy You creator Michaela Coel, who made history with her Outstanding Writing For A Limited Series victory , as well as Ewan McGregor, Kate Winslet and Hannah Waddinghan.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.