Doing Thatcher proud: Meryl Streep looks chic and sophisticated as she greets fans at The Iron Lady premiere
She's already won an award for her portrayal as Margaret Thatcher and tonight Meryl Streep looked set for more success.
The 62-year-old actress was beaming as she walked the blue carpet at the UK premiere of The Iron Lady tonight.
Despite the cold winter weather, Streep looked in good spirits as she chatted with fans and prepared to show off her latest film.
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The Iron Lady: Meryl Streep looked chic and sophisticated at the premiere of her latest film which sees her play Margaret Thatcher
Covered up: The actress wore a long black dress with chunky heeled boots and an oversized coat for the event at BFI Southbank
The star made sure she was wrapped up for the event, which was held at the BFI Southbank.
Posing for photographs in a long black dress that had a hint of a plunging neckline, Streep teamed it with an oversized black and blue poncho-style winter coat.
She finished off her look with a chunky pair of black-heeled boots and a gold statement necklace and matching cuff bangle.
As the mother-of-four had fun meeting and greeting her fans, an array of famous faces took their place on the carpet.
Happy to join in: Streep posed for photos with her many fans
Spotlight: All eyes were on Streep as she graced the blue carpet
Her onscreen husband Jim Broadbent looked very smart in a grey three-piece suit which he wore with a white shirt.
The pair posed for photographs once they were inside and are no doubt excited about the response to the film.
Another onscreen couple were also there to pose together – Alexandra Roach and Harry Lloyd.
Important role: Jim Broadbent plays the Prime Minister's husband Denis Thatcher
Set for success: Streep and Broadbent are no doubt looking forward to the response to the film
The pair play Margaret and Denis Thatcher when they were younger and appeared to be soaking up the atmosphere at the premiere.
Roach was channelling a Sixties look wearing a yellow Emilia Wickstead dress with black pointy heels and her dark hair in a beehive.
Onscreen youngsters: Harry Lloyd portrays a younger Denis Thatcher in the film while Alexandra Roach plays Margaret as a teenager
Lloyd looked just as dressed up wearing a dark suit and navy winter coat.
Another young actress who glammed up for the occasion was Emily Head.
The Inbetweeners star showed off her legs in a very short black and red dress, but she kept the cold at bay by teaming it with a pair of black tights.
She posed for photographs with her famous father Anthony Head – who portrays Geoffrey Howe in the film.
Battle of the dresses: The Inbetweeners star Emily Head (left) wore a short red and black number while Alexandra Roach looked stunning in a yellow Emilia Wickstead dress
Daddy's girls: Anthony Head who plays Geoffrey Howe in the film arrived with his two daughters Emily and Daisy
He was also joined by his other daughter, Daisy, who is also an actress.
Someone who wasn't bothered about covering her legs up was actress Emilia Fox.
The pretty star wore a midi-length grey shiny dress with a pair of black peep-toe heels.
She was followed by Harry Potter star Fiona Shaw who wore an unusual pair of tights with a fur-trimmed coat.
All dressed up: Emilia Fox left the winter coat at home (left) whereas Fiona Shaw opted for a fur-trimmed garment and tights
Among the crowd waiting to catch a glimpse of all the famous faces was 17-month-old Tyler Secomb.
The youngster is becoming a bit of a regular at film premieres after she was spotted having her photo taken with Johnny Depp at The Rum Diary premiere in November last year.
Streep also paid Secomb – who was wearing the same pink all-in-one suit – some special attention and made sure they had a photo together.
Deja vu: Streep poses with 17-month-old Tyler Secomb who also received special attention from Johnny Depp at The Rum Diary premiere in November (right)
In the highly-anticipated film – directed by Phyllida Lloyd – she portrays the British Prime Minister through a series of flashbacks, which includes a look at the 17 days leading up to the Falklands War in 1982.
The Iron Lady will be showing at cinemas across the UK from January 6.
Biopic: The actress is creating Oscar buzz for her role as the former Prime Minister
Highly-anticipated: The Iron Lady opens in cinemas on January 6
REVIEW: THE IRON LADY (12A) by Chris Tookey
Verdict: Great performance, shame about the film
Meryl Streep is bound to be among the awards contenders for her uncannily accurate, Oscar-quality performance as Margaret Thatcher.
That doesn’t prevent the film she’s in from being jaw-droppingly misconceived.
Many times, I found myself silently mouthing the words our former Premier used about Euro expansionism: no, no, NO!
Director Phyllida Lloyd’s second film has all the economic and political sophistication of her first movie, Mamma Mia!
The Franco-British picture is far from the hatchet job some were predicting – it chooses to portray Thatcher as a plucky underdog defying a male-dominated establishment – but it’s nave.
It’s also bewilderingly single-minded about missing out everything that made her a unique and formidable figure.
Instead, the movie is preoccupied with the idea that she is now senile and talks a great deal to the ghost of her husband Denis, who died years ago.
The rest of the movie gallops through some of the major events in her life, without much attempt to analyse whether she was right or wrong: the miners’ strike, the IRA bombing at Brighton, the Falklands conflict. It’s hard to know what screenwriter Abi Morgan was thinking.
Perhaps she felt that spending so much time on Thatcher’s recent ill health would engender audience sympathy. Or perhaps Morgan feels that senility is divine retribution for past crimes. It’s impossible to tell.
As Denis, the normally excellent Jim Broadbent has been lumbered with a comic caricature based, it would seem, on the Private Eye column ‘Dear Bill’.
Most of the other men around her, with two exceptions – her adviser Airey Neave (Julian Wadham) and strategist Gordon Reece (Roger Allam) – are depicted as bumbling incompetents or jealous male chauvinists.
That’s typical of the film’s distortions. It consistently, and predictably, sacrifices complexity and depth in order to pretend that Thatcher was something she never set out to be, a feminist icon.
That, of course, is not why she deserves commemoration.
She deserves to be studied because she was right about so many things, including the future of Europe, the sale of council houses and the saving of the British economy (none of which find any place in this film) – and carried out her public duties despite hysterical abuse from most of the political and media establishment.
Small wonder then that this is precisely what interests these film-makers the least.