Meryl Streep talks 'The Iron Lady' - video

Watch footage from the Thatcher movie's London premiere on NME.COM

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Meryl Streep has spoken out about the challenges of portraying Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.

Streep is hotly tipped for a Best Actress Oscar for the film. And in our video from the blue carpet at last night’s (January 4) London premiere of the film, she describes the opportunity as well as the obstacles of playing the controversial Prime Minister.

In the interview, which you can watch at the top of the page, Streep says:

It's the first time anybody's had the opportunity to play a woman looking from the end of her life back at her life, through her own eyes and through the lens of a woman who had a very big life and who now feels like diminishment of that power.

Screenwriter Abi Morgan says that the film is not necessarily supportive of Thatcher's policies, but an examination of power and its loss, a sentiment which Streep echoes.

She continues: "Maybe the most challenging part was marrying the two parts of the life. One of them was in memory of the sort of glory days, and the marrying that to the imagined older woman."

The Iron Lady is directed by Phyllida Law and co-stars Jim Broadbent and Olivia Colman. It is released in the UK tomorrow (January 6).

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