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The Crown FIRST LOOK: Freddie Fox transforms into Margaret Thatcher’s controversial son Mark

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Fans of The Crown got their first look at Freddie Fox as Margaret Thatcher’s controversial son Mark on Tuesday. 

The actor, 30, bore a striking resemblance to Mark in a black three-piece suit as filming for series four of the Netflix drama continued at Winchester Cathedral. 

Freddie was rumoured to have been cast by The Crown bosses last month, but this is the first time the White House Farm star has been seen on set. 

In character: Fans of The Crown got their first look at Freddie Fox as Margaret Thatcher's controversial son Mark at Winchester Cathedral on Tuesday

In character: Fans of The Crown got their first look at Freddie Fox as Margaret Thatcher’s controversial son Mark at Winchester Cathedral on Tuesday

Mark is the troubled son of the former Prime Minister, who will be played by Gillian Anderson in the historical television series. 

The scenes filmed on Tuesday appeared to be of a somber nature, with a suited Freddie joined by other cast members. 

Of his casting, a source told The Sun last month: ‘This is a sought-after role for Freddie as Mark’s story is a juicy one, which played during the years that Thatcher was in Downing Street.

Talented: Freddie latest role comes after he received critical acclaim for playing killer Jeremy Bamber in ITV drama White House Farm, which aired earlier this month

Troubled: Mark (pictured in 1979) is the troubled son of former Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, who will be played by Gillian Anderson

Troubled: Mark (pictured left in 1979) is the son of former Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, who will be played by Gillian Anderson in the Netflix series

First look: Freddie was rumoured to have been cast by The Crown bosses last month, but this is the first time the White House Farm star has been seen on set

First look: Freddie was rumoured to have been cast by The Crown bosses last month, but this is the first time the White House Farm star has been seen on set

Controversial son: It's thought The Crown series four will pick up in 1977 and run through to 1990- suggesting Mark's mystery disappearance in the Sahara Desert in 1982 will be covered

Controversial son: It’s thought The Crown series four will pick up in 1977 and run through to 1990- suggesting Mark’s mystery disappearance in the Sahara Desert in 1982 will be covered 

Gripping: A source said: 'This is a sought-after role for Freddie as Mark’s story is a juicy one, which played during the years that Thatcher was in Downing Street'

Gripping: A source said: ‘This is a sought-after role for Freddie as Mark’s story is a juicy one, which played during the years that Thatcher was in Downing Street’

Family: Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher cradles her grandson Michael outside 10 Downing Street. Also pictured are Mark (left)  and his wife Diane (right) (pictured in 1989)

Family: Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher cradles her grandson Michael outside 10 Downing Street. Also pictured are Mark (left)  and his wife Diane (right) (pictured in 1989)

‘In 1982 Mark went missing in the Sahara Desert while driving in the Paris-Dakar Rally, after making no preparations.

‘He was eventually found after deploying six military aircraft and Algerian ground troops, which caused huge embarrassment for the PM.’ 

Freddie latest role comes after he received critical acclaim for playing killer Jeremy Bamber in ITV drama White House Farm, which aired earlier this month. 

It’s thought The Crown series four will pick up in 1977 and run through to 1990, suggesting Mark’s mystery disappearance will be covered. 

On 9 January 1982, Mark, his French co-driver, Anne-Charlotte Verney, and their mechanic went missing for six days in the Sahara Desert while driving a Peugeot 504 in the Paris-Dakar Rally. 

Transformation: The scenes filmed on Friday appeared to be of a somber nature, with a suited Freddie joined by other cast members

Transformation: The scenes filmed on Friday appeared to be of a somber nature, with a suited Freddie joined by other cast members

Controversy: Mark, who was 28 at the time, and his co-driver Anne-Charlotte Verney pictured during the 1982 during the Paris to Dakar car rally, where he went missing for six days

Controversy: Mark, who was 28 at the time, and his co-driver Anne-Charlotte Verney pictured during the 1982 during the Paris to Dakar car rally, where he went missing for six days 

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His father Denis flew to Dakar, where a large-scale search was launched, including six military aircraft from three countries and Algerian ground troops. 

On 14 January, the Algerian military spotted Thatcher’s party 31 miles off course.

This caused international embarrassment to his mother. The Prime Minister insisted on paying £2,000 personally towards the cost of the search, and an unpaid £11,500  hotel bill, one third of which was for drinks, caused diplomatic embarrassment.  

Series four covers the period of Margaret Thatcher’s reign as Prime Minister and her relationship with the Monarch.  

History retold: Earlier this year, it was confirmed Gillian Anderson would take on the role as the timeline shifts from the third series 1964 and 1977 to the 1980s and beyond

History retold: Earlier this year, it was confirmed Gillian Anderson would take on the role as the timeline shifts from the third series 1964 and 1977 to the 1980s and beyond

Last year, it was confirmed Gillian would take on the role as the timeline shifts from the third series 1964 and 1977 to the 1980s and beyond. 

The actress, 51, will portray the former-Prime Minister during her 11-year tenure, which saw her in office from 1979 to 1990.  

Series four is likely to feature political matters such South Africa’s Apartheid legislation, the Falklands War and 1984/5 miners’ strike. 

Of playing Thatcher, Gillian said: ‘Thatcher was undoubtedly formidable, but I am relishing exploring beneath the surface and, dare I say, falling in love with the icon who, whether loved or despised, defined an era’.  

Series four covers the period of Margaret Thatcher's reign as Prime Minister and her relationship with the Monarch

Series four covers the period of Margaret Thatcher’s reign as Prime Minister and her relationship with the Monarch

Filming for the fourth series of The Crown began in August, Olivia Colman, Tobias Menzies, Helena Bonham Carter, and Ben Daniels will continue to play the four main characters- Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Princess Margaret, and Anthony Armstrong-Jones.  

The series will also  prominently feature the relationship and eventual marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer.

Emma Corrin will make her debut as the late Princess of Wales. 

Diana married Charles in 1981, and the couple welcomed sons William and Harry in the following years.

After separating in 1991, the couple divorced in 1997, but Diana remained a much loved member of the Royal Family, thanks to her significant humanitarian work in the UK and abroad.

Former Prime Minister: Sex Education star Gillian Anderson will take on the role of Margaret Thatcher (pictured earlier this month)

Former Prime Minister: Sex Education star Gillian Anderson will take on the role of Margaret Thatcher (pictured earlier this month)

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