The renaissance of Margaret Thatcher, the Iron Lady
The Iron Lady is leading a surge of interest in the true legacy of Margaret Thatcher, the former British prime minister who continues to divide opinion.
Meryl Streep plays Margaret Thatcher in The Iron lady
Meryl Streep won an Oscar for her magnificent portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron lady

By Andrew Roberts

12:40PM BST 27 Apr 2012

It has been heralded as one of the most uncannily accurate portrayals ever to grace the silver screen. But while Meryl Streep might have won a best actress Oscar for her depiction of Margaret Thatcher in film.

The Iron Lady, it is on the former British prime minister herself that spotlight is now firmly falling.

The film - which is released on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday April 30, 2012 - has heralded a surge of renewed interest in Thatcher.

The critics stood divided: many declared it a remarkable portrayal of Britain's greatest postwar premier. While several Thatcherites have questioned its focus on her present-day physical frailties rather than her political strengths. But there can be no doubt: if Margaret Thatcher were a marketing brand, she would currently be basking in the glow of her splendid revival.

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