David Cameron: ‘I wish ‘The Iron Lady’ hadn’t been made yet’

PM says Thatcher biopic focuses on her age rather than her stint as 'wonderful' leader

Prime Minister David Cameron has said he wishes the Margaret Thatcher biopic The Iron Lady had been delayed and focused more on her leadership skills rather than her health.

Cameron told BBC Radio 4 that he felt the film, which stars Meryl Streep in the title role, should have been about Thatcher’s role as a “wonderful prime minister” instead of her personal life.

“You can’t help wondering, why do we have to have this film now?” he said. “It’s really a film about ageing, dementia, rather than a wonderful prime minister.”

He went on to add:

My sense was a great piece of acting, a really staggering piece of acting, but a film I wish they could have made another day.

Streep has hotly tipped for a Best Actress Oscar for her performance in the film. Talking about the role, she said: “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.”

The film, which is directed by Phyllida Law and co-stars Jim Broadbent and Olivia Colman, was released in the UK yesterday (January 7). Click below to see an interview with Streep from the blue carpet of the film’s London premiere.