First picture of Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher released

Actress is due to play former Prime Minister in 'The Iron Lady'

The first picture of Meryl Streep in costume for forthcoming Margaret Thatcher biopic The Iron Lady has been released (above right).

The film, set for release later this year, focuses on the run-up to the 1982 Falklands War and also stars Jim Broadbent as Denis Thatcher.

Alexandra Roach and Harry Lloyd play the younger incarnations of the Thatchers. Richard E Grant, Olivia Colman and Anthony Head also have roles.

Streep has previously said of the role of Thatcher: “The prospect of exploring the swathe cut through history by this remarkable woman is a daunting and exciting challenge.”

She added: “I am trying to approach the role with as much zeal, fervour and attention to detail as the real Lady Thatcher possesses – I can only hope my stamina will begin to approach her own!”

Shooting for The Iron Lady began at the end of January.