Exclusive: How Meryl Streep became Margaret Thatcher

Edward Bovingdon
Exclusive: How Meryl Streep became Margaret Thatcher
Exclusive: How Meryl Streep became Margaret Thatcher

Meryl Streep swept the board during awards season, picking up an Oscar, Golden Globe and a BAFTA for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in 'The Iron Lady', but it wasn't just her acting abilities that stole the show.

In our world exclusive video, we go behind-the-scenes into the make-up department and take a look at how Streep was made to look almost identical the former Prime Minister.

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Mark Coulier, the prosthetic make-up designer on the film, explains that they used a surprisingly little amount of prosthetics whilst creating Margaret Thatcher.

Take a look at how they did it:

The movie follows an elderly Margaret Thatcher as she talks to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband as she struggles to come to terms with his death while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to British prime minister, intervene.

The Iron Lady is out now on Blu-ray and DVD from Pathé Productions Ltd.