Gillian Anderson to Play Eleanor Roosevelt in Showtime’s ‘First Lady’


Gillian Anderson has signed on to portray former First Lady and American 20th century political icon Eleanor Roosevelt in a brand new Showtime limited series!

Gillian will co-star alongside Viola Davis and Michelle Pfeiffer in The First Lady, which is the show’s current working title, subject to change.

The show will tell the story through the lens of the famous women in the White House, including Eleanor Roosevelt (Anderson), Betty Ford (Pfeiffer) and Michelle Obama (Davis).

Gillian Anderson is an actress of incredible range and exquisite talent – she is the perfect choice to complete this powerhouse trio, who will inhabit the roles of these iconic women,” Amy Israel, EVP, Scripted Programming, Showtime Networks, told Deadline. “It’s inspiring to have Gillian, Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Susanne Bier and Cathy Schulman at the forefront of The First Lady. They have truly set the stage for a landmark Showtime series.”



Updated: February 22, 2021 — 8:13 pm

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