Meryl Streep wins Bafta 2012 for role as Margaret Thatcher
American actress Meryl Streep won the best actress Bafta for her performance in The Iron Lady, a film about the Right Honourable Baroness Margaret Thatcher, the former British prime minister.
The 62-year-old lost a stiletto shoe on the way to the stage and struggled to keep her composure. “That couldn’t be worse!” she exclaimed as she reached the podium.
Streep said she was “very proud” of the film and told the audience that she had British roots. “Half of me is Streep and the other half of me Wilkinson from Lincolnshire,” she said, referring to her ancestors.
Streep has notched up a remarkable 14 Bafta nominations over five decades but this was only her second win. Her first was for The French Lieutenant’s Woman in 1981.