Gillian Anderson

Place of birth:
Chicago, Illinois, USA:
Gillian Leigh Anderson (born August 9, 1968) is an American actress. After beginning her career in theatre, Anderson achieved international recognition for her role as Special Agent Dana Scully on the American television series The X-Files. Her film work includes The House of Mirth (2000), The Mighty Celt (2005), The Last King of Scotland (2006), and two X-Files films, The X-Files (1998) and The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008). Anderson was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Rosemary Anderson (née Lane), a computer analyst, and Edward Anderson, who owned a film post-production company.Her father was of English descent, while her mother was of Irish and German ancestry. Soon after her birth, her family moved to Puerto Rico for 15 months; her family then moved to the United Kingdom where she lived until she was 11 years old. She lived for five years in Rosebery Gardens, Crouch End, London, and for 15 months in Albany Road, Stroud Green, London, so that her father could attend the London Film School. She was a pupil of Coleridge Primary 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. Along with other actors (notably Linda Thorson and John Barrowman) Anderson is bidialectal. 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 shifted it for an interview with Michael Parkinson. 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 & School of Theatre Arts. 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's brother died in 2011 of a brain tumor, at the age of 30. Anderson married her first husband, Clyde Klotz, The X-Files series assistant art director, on New Year's Day, 1994, in Hawaii in a Buddhist ceremony. They had a daughter, Piper Maru (born September 1994), for whom Chris Carter named the X-Files episode of the same name, and divorced in 1997.] In December 2004, Anderson married Julian Ozanne, a documentary filmmaker, on Lamu Island, off the coast of Kenya. Anderson announced their separation on April 21, 2006. Anderson and former boyfriend, Mark Griffiths, have two sons: Oscar, born November 2006 and Felix, born October 2008. She ended their relationship in 2012. In March 2012, Anderson told Out magazine about her past relationship with a girl while in high school. In 1997, she was chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. Askmen listed her at No. 6 on their Top 7: '90s Sex Symbols. In 2008, she was listed 21st in FHM's All Time 100 Sexiest Hall of Fame.


Andorra (2021)
as Miss Quay
The Sunlit Night (2020)
This Changes Everything (2019)
as Herself
All About Eve (2019)
as Margo Channing
UFO (2018)
as Dr. Hendricks
The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018)
as Wendy
Crooked House (2017)
as Magda Leonides
Exhibition on Screen: The Artist’s Garden - American Impressionism (2017)
as Narrator
Viceroy's House (2017)
as Edwina Mountbatten
The ROH Live: Woolf Works (2017)
as Voiceover from a letter by Virginia Woolf (voice)
Sold (2016)
as Sophia
The Widowmaker (2015)
as Narrator
Robot Overlords (2015)
as Kate
The Departure (2014)
as Blanche DuBois
National Theatre Live: A Streetcar Named Desire (2014)
as Blanche DuBois
Mr. Morgan's Last Love (2013)
as Karen Morgan
I'll Follow You Down (2013)
as Marika
Room on the Broom (2012)
as Witch (voice)
L'enfant d'en haut (2012)
as Kristin Jansen
Shadow Dancer (2012)
as Kate Fletcher
Johnny English Reborn (2011)
as Pamela Thornton ("Pegasus")
No Pressure (2010)
as Herself
Any Human Heart (2010)
as Duchess Of Windsor
Boogie Woogie (2009)
as Jean Maclestone
How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008)
as Eleanor Johnson
The X Files: I Want to Believe (2008)
as Dana Scully
Robbie the Reindeer in Close Encounters of the Herd Kind (2007)
as Queen Vorkana (voice)
Straightheads (2007)
as Alice
The Last King of Scotland (2006)
as Sarah Merrit
A Cock and Bull Story (2005)
as Widow Wadman / Gillian Anderson
The Mighty Celt (2005)
as Kate
Richard Rodgers: Some Enchanted Evening (2002)
as Performer
The House of Mirth (2000)
as Lily Bart
Playing by Heart (1998)
as Meredith
The Mighty (1998)
as Loretta Lee
The X Files: Fight the Future (1998)
as Herself
The X Files (1998)
as Agent Dana Scully
Inside The X-Files (1998)
as Herself
Chicago Cab (1997)
as Southside Girl
The Turning (1992)
as April Cavanaugh
The Departure
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