With her unmatched talent and chameleon-like ability to immerse herself in diverse characters, Streep has delivered countless captivating portrayals that have left a lasting impact on audiences worldwide.
We share some of our favourite roles from the undisputed queen of acting.
Joanna Kramer – Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
Streep’s first Academy Award came for her role as Joanna Kramer in this powerful drama. Her portrayal of a mother in a custody battle earned her critical acclaim and marked the beginning of her successful career.
Sophie Zawistowski – Sophie’s Choice (1982)
In what is often regarded as one of her most powerful performances, Streep portrays the haunted Sophie, a Polish immigrant haunted by a devastating wartime secret. Her portrayal of a woman grappling with immense guilt and sorrow earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress and solidified her status as a true acting powerhouse.
Miranda Priestly – The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
Streep’s performance as the formidable fashion magazine editor Miranda Priestly showcased her incredible versatility. With razor-sharp wit and icy poise, she captivated audiences, demonstrating her ability to masterfully play complex and multifaceted characters.
Julia Child – Julie & Julia (2009)
Streep’s delightful portrayal of the legendary chef Julia Child infused the film with infectious charm and warmth. With impeccable comic timing and an uncanny ability to capture Child’s unique mannerisms, she delivered a performance that was both endearing and captivating.
Margaret Thatcher – The Iron Lady (2011)
In this biographical drama, Streep delivers an astonishing portrayal of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher. With meticulous attention to detail, she captures Thatcher’s steely determination and unwavering resolve, earning her a well-deserved third Academy Award.
Florence Foster Jenkins – Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)
Streep’s portrayal of the eponymous New York socialite and aspiring opera singer showcased her ability to bring humour and heart to the screen. With a remarkable blend of vulnerability and determination, she captured the essence of a woman chasing her dreams despite her lack of talent, earning her yet another Academy Award nomination.