Gillian Anderson hits back at criticism against The Crown

‘There’s a lot that hasn’t been written about’: Gillian Anderson hits back at criticism against The Crown and hints they could have included far MORE controversy but chose to be ‘kind’

Gillian Anderson is fed up with criticism of The Crown about the Royal Family from distinguished figures such as Dame Judi Dench.

The actress portrayed Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in season four of the hit Netflix drama.

And The X-Files star, 54 – who is a special friend of The Crown’s creator, Peter Morgan – warned that the series could have been far more damaging. 

Having her say: Gillian Anderson is fed up with criticism of The Crown about the Royal Family from distinguished figures such as Dame Judi Dench

She told Daily Mail’s Richard Eden: ‘There’s a lot that has not been written about that could have been.

‘And if you knew the difference in those, you’d see there is a great deal of kindness and restraint.’

Gillian even claims the Windsors should be grateful, adding: ‘The whole family is more internationally loved, celebrated and understood in a way that they wouldn’t be, were it not for the show.’

Last month Gillian showed support for her on-off partner Peter, 59, at the series five premiere of The Crown. 

Role: The actress portrayed Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in season four of the hit Netflix drama

The star looked incredible in the sleeveless studded number as she posed on the red carpet. 

Meanwhile, The Crown has faced much backlash in recent weeks over the portrayal of the Royal family and for sensationalising events.

With the previous two seasons of The Crown covering the three decades before the Nineties the entire team have been recast for this series’ 13-year time frame of 1990 to 2003 

Speaking out: And The X-Files star, 54 – who is a special friend of The Crown’s creator, Peter Morgan – warned that the series could have been far more damaging

Opinion: ‘There’s a lot that has not been written about that could have been. ‘And if you knew the difference in those, you’d see there is a great deal of kindness and restraint’

Focusing heavily on the fallout between Princess Diana, played by Elizabeth Debicki and King Charles (then Prince of Wales) as portrayed by West, the new series will showcase a number of low points for the royals.

Among them are Charles and Diana’s marriage breakdown, the late royal’s controversial Panorama interview and the notorious ‘tampongate’ phone call between the King and Queen Consort.

One of the most controversial aspects of the series is how it will tackle the death of Diana, with Netflix facing scrutiny over the decision to recreate the final days of Princess Diana, shooting some scenes in Paris, where she died.

Thoughts: Gillian even claims the Windsors should be grateful, adding: ‘The whole family is more internationally loved, celebrated and understood in a way that they wouldn’t be, were it not for the show’

It followed accusations of callousness amid reports the show will recreate the Paris car chase that resulted in Diana’s death and scenes of young princes William and Harry following their mother’s coffin in a future season. The exact moment of the crash will not be shown.

Acting royalty Dame Judi Dench, who is close to King Charles and Camilla, has accused the programme of being ‘crude and hurtful’.

Dame Judi, 87, who has played Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria, told The Times the series risked damaging the monarchy. The Oscar-winning actress blamed it for ‘crude sensationalism’ and blurring fact and fiction.

Former Prime Minister Sir John Major criticised a scene which shows him having a conversation with then Prince Charles about the possibility of the Queen abdicating as ‘malicious nonsense’.

Not impressed: Acting royalty Dame Judi Dench, who is close to King Charles and Camilla, has accused the programme of being ‘crude and hurtful’

Controversy: One of the most controversial aspects of the series is how it will tackle the death of Princess Diana, played by Elizabeth Debicki 

The previous fourth series of the drama was criticised for not doing enough to tell viewers it was a work of fiction.

The streaming giant was forced by the row to add a disclaimer to its trailer for season five saying it was a ‘fictional dramatisation… inspired by real events’.

The Crown has been a hit for Netflix since it was first released in 2016 with the main characters being regularly recast to follow the age of the royals in their respective timelines.

Star: The fifth season of The Crown follows Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal family through the 1990s, with Imelda playing the late monarch 

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