Meryl Streep unveils poster for 'Iron Lady'

November 14, 2011 - 11:00 AM
Britain The Iron Lady Photocall

U.S actress Meryl Streep attends a photocall for 'The Iron Lady' poster unveiling at a central London venue, Monday, Nov. 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Jonathan Short)

LONDON (AP) — Meryl Streep is becoming a familiar face in London's government district — the face of Margaret Thatcher.

The Academy Award winning actress plays Britain's first female prime minister in the soon-to-be-released "The Iron Lady."

She bears an uncanny resemblance to the Conservative politician on the poster, unveiled Monday with the Big Ben clock tower as a backdrop.

Streep visited Parliament to research the role of Thatcher, who governed Britain from 1979 to 1990 with pro-free market zeal.

Thatcher's family has expressed fears the film will be critical, but director Phyllida Lloyd says it is not ideological.

Lloyd said that "when they see Meryl's performance they will understand how much care and attention to Lady Thatcher's dignity she's given it."