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Gillian Anderson


Birth name:

Gillian Leigh Anderson




Chicago, Illinois, USA



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United States

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Scully on The X-Files


5' 3" (1.60 m)

Gillian Anderson



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Gillian Anderson - Biography


Gillian Leigh Anderson (born August 9, 1968) is an Emmy, Golden Globe, and SAG winning actress, best known for her roles as FBI Special Agent Dana Scully in the American TV series The X-Files, Moro in the English dub of Princess Mononoke, Lily Bart in The House of Mirth and Lady Dedlock in the BBC TV series Bleak House.

Anderson was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Rosemary Anderson, a computer analyst, and Edward Anderson, who owned a film post-production company. Soon after her birth, her family moved to Puerto Rico for 15 months and then to Crouch End and finally Harringay in North London, so that her father could attend the London Film School. When Anderson was 11 years old, her family moved again, this time to Grand Rapids, Michigan. She attended Fountain Elementary and then City High-Middle School, a program for gifted students with a strong emphasis on the humanities; she graduated in 1986.
With her English accent and background, Anderson was mocked and felt out of place in the American Midwest and soon adopted a Midwest accent. To this day, her accent depends on her location - for instance, in an interview with Jay Leno she spoke in an American accent, but in an interview with Michael Parkinson she spoke with an English accent. In addition, she had her nose pierced in the early 1980s and dyed her hair various colors. Her high school classmates voted her as "Most Bizarre," "Class Clown", "Most Likely to go Bald" and "Most Likely to be Arrested." She was caught trying to jam the high school doors by filling their locks with glue on the eve of her graduation.
Anderson was interested in marine biology, but began acting her freshman year in high school productions, and later in community theater, and served as a student intern at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. She attended The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago (formerly the Goodman School of Drama), where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1990. She also participated in the National Theatre of Great Britain's summer program at Cornell University.

Anderson moved to New York when she was 20 years old. To support herself when she started her career, Anderson worked as a waitress. She began her career in Alan Ayckbourn's play, Absent Friends at the Manhattan Theatre Club alongside Brenda Blethyn; she won the 1990-91 Theatre World "Newcomer" Award for her role. Her next theatrical role was in Christopher Hampton's The Philanthropist at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut.
Anderson moved to Los Angeles in 1992, spending a year auditioning. Although she had once vowed she would never do TV, being out of work for a year changed her mind. Anderson did Home Fires Burning for a cable station, as well as the audio book version of Exit to Eden. She broke into mainstream television in 1993, with a guest appearance on the collegiate drama, Class of '96, on the fledgling Fox Network.
As a result of her guest appearance in Class of 96, Anderson was sent the script for The X Files at the age of 24. She decided to audition because "for the first time in a long time, the script involved a strong, independent, intelligent woman as a lead character." Producer Chris Carter wanted to employ her, but Fox wanted someone with previous TV exposure and greater sex appeal. Fox sent in more actresses, but Carter stood by Anderson, and she was eventually cast as Special Agent Dana Scully. Anderson got the part assuming it would run for 13 episodes, the standard minimum order for American TV networks. Filmed in Vancouver and then in Los Angeles, the series would run for nine seasons, and included two films, released in 1998 and 2008. During her time on The X Files, Anderson won several awards for her portrayal of Special Agent Scully, including an Emmy Award, Golden Globe and two Screen Actors Guild awards for "Best Actress in a Drama Series." While filming, Anderson met assistant art director Clyde Klotz, whom she would eventually marry.
Anderson had roles in a handful of films during the run of The X-Files and starred in The House of Mirth, an adaptation of the Edith Wharton novel of the same name.
In 1999, Anderson had a supporting role in the English-language release of Hayao Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke, where she voiced the character of Moro. Anderson is a proclaimed lover of Miyazaki's work. She also took part in Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues.
When The X-Files ended, Anderson performed in several stage productions and worked on various film projects. She has participated in narrative work for documentaries on scientific topics. In 2005, she appeared as Lady Dedlock in the BBC television adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel Bleak House, had a starring role in the Irish film The Mighty Celt (for which she won an IFTA award for Best International Actress) and performed in A Cock and Bull Story, a film version of the novel Tristram Shandy.
In 2006, Anderson was nominated for a British Academy Television Award (BAFTA) for Best Actress and won the Broadcasting Press Guild Television and Radio Award for Best Actress for her role in Bleak House. Anderson also received an Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie" for her performance as Lady Dedlock. Furthermore, she was nominated for a Golden Satellite Award and Golden Globe for her performance in Bleak House and came in second place in the Best Actress category of the 2005 BBC Drama website poll for her performance as Lady Dedlock (Billie Piper came in first and Anna Maxwell Martin came in third).
During 2006 and 2007, Anderson appeared in two British films: The Last King of Scotland (2006) and Straightheads (2007).
In December 2007, it was announced that Anderson will host PBS' Masterpiece Theatre during the Jane Austen series.
On December 10, 2007, Anderson began filming for The X-Files: I Want to Believe. Filming concluded on March 11, 2008. The movie was released on July 25, 2008, with a DVD released on December 2, 2008.
Gillian portrayed Nora in Ibsen's A Doll's House at the Donmar Warehouse in London's West End during a limited engagement which ran from May 14, 2009 until July 18, 2009.

Anderson has a sister, Zoe, who appeared uncredited as 14-year-old Dana Scully on The X-Files episode Christmas Carol.
Anderson has been married twice. She married her first husband, Clyde Klotz, The X-Files series assistant art director, on New Years Day, 1994, on the 17th hole of a golf course in Hawaii in a Buddhist ceremony. They divorced in 1997. In December 2004, Anderson married Julian Ozanne, a documentary filmmaker, in the village of Shella on Lamu, an island off the coast of Kenya. Anderson and Ozanne announced their separation on April 21, 2006, after 16 months of marriage. After separating from Ozanne in 2006, Gillian became involved with her current partner, Mark Griffiths.
Anderson has three children. She has a daughter with ex-husband Klotz, Piper Maru (for whom The X-Files episode, "Piper Maru," was named), born on September 25, 1994, in Vancouver, Canada. During Anderson's pregnancy, The X-Files creator, Chris Carter, created an alien abduction storyline that kept Anderson off-camera long enough for labor, delivery and a 10-day maternity leave. Carter was named Piper's godfather. In 2000, Piper had a small (and uncredited) appearance in her mother's movie The House of Mirth. Anderson also has two sons, Oscar (born November 1, 2006) and Felix (born October 15, 2008).
In 1996, Anderson was voted the "Sexiest Woman in the World" for FHM's 100 Sexiest Women poll. In 2008 she also placed 21st in FHM's All Time 100 Sexiest Hall of Fame.
Anderson provides philanthropic and charitable assistance in the support of finding a cure for neurofibromatosis. She serves as NF, Inc.'s Honorary Spokesperson and is a Patron of the Neurofibromatosis Association (based in the UK). Her support stems from her brother being diagnosed with NF-1. She is also a member of the board of directors for Artists for a New South Africa and a campaigner for ACTSA: Action for Southern Africa. Furthermore, Anderson is an active member of PETA, and supports animal rights.


Gillian Anderson - Personal Quotes


"I am more spontaneous than my character..."

"Fame is complicated and definitely overrated. There are perks to it that are unfathomable. But the other aspect is there's little to no privacy at all - being anywhere at any time and knowing that somebody you cannot see is probably taking a picture of you, which has happened hundreds of times. I look around and cannot see anyone and a couple of weeks later I see a photo of me looking around." (Movieline interview, Dec. 1998)

"When I think of normal, I think of mediocrity... and mediocrity scares the f*ck out of me!!"

"It's easier to be myself here. I can go out wearing whatever the hell I want, no matter how ridiculous it looks. If I do that in America, people look at me like I'm insane. There are aspects of the British press which are incredibly intrusive, but then you'll go to a premiere and someone will ask permission to take a photo, and when you say, "That's enough", they'll back off. In the States, you go to a restaurant and there are people lined up outside with eight- by-10s of you. Or they just follow you with a video camera. I had someone deliberately rear-end my car a few years ago in LA, and there was a video camera: they were videoing my reaction. Luckily, I was in a good mood."

"I know people who are embarrassed to be American. They don't like showing their passports. It's becoming a scary place. It takes someone very brave not to be quiet, someone who doesn't mind death threats, their life being turned upside down, news cameras outside their door. There is no freedom of speech in America anymore. They are not living up to the constitution. There's so much fear in America and control."

"My tendency is towards the opposite of health and taking care of myself. My natural tendency is destructive. In order not to act on that, I have to be careful. The minute I don't feel like that, if I let down my guard, I'm in trouble."

"I often showed up ungroomed. It didn't occur to me. Then I'd end up at a premiere and I'd think, what are you doing? I remember being at a restaurant with a famous British actress. I knew there were paparazzi outside. My intention was to make a beeline for the car. But then, as we were walking outside, she applied lipstick. I thought, what is she doing? But her public image is very glamorous. It's a different mindset."

"I don't show my face [in LA] very much, and so that makes it a bit more complicated for me in terms of work. They [producers] need to see you in the press, and in their face, in meetings, auditions, whatever. And as far as they're concerned, I haven't provided enough of an example of the kind of things that I can do, as an actor, for them to justify hiring me without me sitting down in front of them or having me dance around."

"I don't usually like seeing things I'm in. I get really depressed afterward."


Gillian Anderson - Filmography


No One Gets Off in This Town (2010)
"Moby Dick" (2010) TV series .... Elizabeth
Boogie Woogie (2009/I) .... Jean Maclestone
How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008) .... Eleanor Johnson
The X Files: I Want to Believe (2008) .... Dana Scully
... aka The X-Files (USA: promotional abbreviation)
... aka The X-Files Movie (USA: promotional title)
... aka X-Files: Je veux y croire (Canada: French title)
Robbie the Reindeer in Close Encounters of the Herd Kind (2007) (TV) (voice) .... Queen Vorkana
Straightheads (2007) .... Alice
... aka Closure (USA: DVD title)
The Last King of Scotland (2006) .... Sarah Merrit
"Bleak House" .... Lady Dedlock (14 episodes, 2005)
... aka Masterpiece Theatre: Bleak House (USA)
- Episode #1.14 (2005) TV episode .... Lady Dedlock
- Episode #1.13 (2005) TV episode .... Lady Dedlock
- Episode #1.12 (2005) TV episode .... Lady Dedlock
- Episode #1.11 (2005) TV episode .... Lady Dedlock
- Episode #1.10 (2005) TV episode .... Lady Dedlock
(9 more)
A Cock and Bull Story (2005) .... Widow Wadman
... aka Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (USA)
The Mighty Celt (2005) .... Kate
The X Files: Resist or Serve (2004) (VG) (voice) .... Dana Scully
"The X Files" .... Dana Scully / ... (201 episodes, 1993-2002)
... aka The X-Files (USA)
- The Truth: Parts 1 & 2 (2002) TV episode .... Special Agent Dana Scully
- Sunshine Days (2002) TV episode .... Dana Scully
- Release (2002) TV episode .... Dana Scully
- William (2002) TV episode .... Dana Scully
- Jump the Shark (2002) TV episode .... Dana Scully
(196 more)
The House of Mirth (2000) .... Lily Bart
... aka Chez les heureux du monde (France)
... aka Haus Bellomont (Germany)
"Harsh Realm" .... Video Narrator (1 episode, 1999)
- Pilot (1999) TV episode (voice) (uncredited) .... Video Narrator
"Frasier" .... Jenny (1 episode, 1999)
- Dr. Nora (1999) TV episode (voice) .... Jenny
Hollywood Salutes Jodie Foster: An American Cinematheque Tribute (1999) (TV)
Playing by Heart (1998) .... Meredith
The X Files (1998) .... Special Agent Dana Scully
... aka The X Files Movie (Australia)
... aka The X-Files (USA: closing credits title)
The Mighty (1998) .... Loretta Lee
The X Files Game (1998) (VG) .... Special Agent Dana Scully
... aka The X-Files (USA: alternative title)
Chicago Cab (1997) .... Southside Girl
... aka Hellcab (USA: video title)
Mononoke-hime (1997) (voice: English version) .... Moro
... aka Princess Mononoke (UK) (USA)
"The Simpsons" .... Dana Scully (1 episode, 1997)
- The Springfield Files (1997) TV episode (voice) .... Dana Scully
Hellbender (1996) (VG) .... Ship's Computer
"ReBoot" .... Data Nully (1 episode, 1996)
- Trust No One (1996) TV episode (voice) .... Data Nully
The X-Files: The Unopened File (1996) (V) .... Special Agent Dana Scully
"Eek! the Cat" .... Agent Scully (1 episode, 1995)
... aka Eek! and the Terrible Thunderlizards
... aka Eek!stravaganza
- Eek Space 9 (1995) TV episode (voice) .... Agent Scully
"Class of '96" .... Rachel (1 episode, 1993)
- The Accused (1993) TV episode .... Rachel
The Turning (1992) .... April Cavanaugh
... aka Pocahontas, Virginia
A Matter of Choice (1988)
Three at Once (1986) .... Woman 1


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