Streep Received Standing Ovation For Thatcher Debut

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May 9, 2011 | 7:30am EST

Meryl Streep’s co-stars were so amazed by her portrayal of former British leader Margaret Thatcher in her new movie, they gave her a standing ovation when she debuted the character.
The Hollywood actress tackles the role of the U.K.’s first female prime minister in The Iron Lady and even attended sessions at London’s Houses of Parliament earlier this year to help prepare for the part.

Streep has been filming the upcoming movie with co-stars including Richard E. Grant, who plays politician Michael Heseltine, and he reveals the Oscar-winner wowed the cast when she shot her first scene as Thatcher.

Grant tells Britain’s Daily Express, “When Meryl first came on speaking as Mrs Thatcher in a scene in the House of Commons there was a spontaneous standing ovation as she was astonishing.”