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Gillian Anderson

Facts about Gillian Anderson

Date of Birth:09 August 1968
Birthplace:Chicago, Illinois, USA
First Name:Gillian
Middle Name:Leigh
Last Name:Anderson
Height:5' 3" (160 cm)
Eye Color:Green
Hair Color:Dyed Red
Star Sign:Leo
Claim to Fame:Scully on The X-Files
Occupation Category:Actress
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Biography for Gillian Anderson

Gillian Leigh Anderson (born Aug. 9, 1968 (52 years ago)) 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.

Early years

Anderson was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Rosemary Anderson, a computer analyst, and Edward Anderson, who owned a movie 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 movie 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 (34 years ago).

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 1980 (40 years ago) 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 (30 years ago). 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 (28 years ago), 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 TV in 1993 (27 years ago), 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 (22 years ago) and 2008 (12 years ago). 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 movies 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 (21 years ago), 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 movie projects. She has participated in narrative work for documentaries on scientific topics. In 2005 (15 years ago), she appeared as Lady Dedlock in the BBC TV adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel Bleak House, had a starring role in the Irish movie The Mighty Celt (for which she won an IFTA award for Best International Actress) and performed in A Cock and Bull Story, a movie version of the novel Tristram Shandy.

In 2006 (14 years ago), Anderson was nominated for a British Academy TV Award (BAFTA) for Best Actress and won the Broadcasting Press Guild TV 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 (15 years ago) BBC Drama website poll for her performance as Lady Dedlock (Billie Piper (28 walls) came in first and Anna Maxwell Martin came in third).

During 2006 (14 years ago) and 2007 (13 years ago), Anderson appeared in two British films: The Last King of Scotland (2006, 14 years ago) and Straightheads (2007, 13 years ago).

In dec. 2007 (13 years ago), it was announced that Anderson will host PBS' Masterpiece Theatre during the Jane Austen series.

On dec. 10, 2007 (13 years ago), Anderson began filming for The X-Files: I Want to Believe. Filming concluded on Mar. 11, 2008 (12 years ago). The movie was released on Jul. 25, 2008 (12 years ago), with a DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) released on dec. 2, 2008 (12 years ago).

Gillian will portray Nora in Ibsen's A Doll's House at the Donmar Warehouse in London's West End for a limited engagement running from May 14, 2009 (11 years ago) until Jul. 18, 2009 (11 years ago).

Personal life

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 (26 years ago), on the 17th hole of a golf course in Hawaii in a Buddhist ceremony. They divorced in 1997 (23 years ago). In dec. 2004 (16 years ago), 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 Apr. 21, 2006 (14 years ago), after 16 months of marriage. After separating from Ozanne in 2006 (14 years ago), 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). Piper was born on sep. 25, 1994 (26 years ago), 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 (20 years ago), Piper had a small (and uncredited) appearance in her mother's movie The House of Mirth. Anderson also has two sons, Oscar (born Nov. 1, 2006 (14 years ago)) and Felix (born Oct. 15, 2008 (12 years ago)).

In 1996 (24 years ago), Anderson was voted the "Sexiest Woman in the World" for FHM's 100 Sexiest Women poll.

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, supporting animal rights.


  • Boogie Woogie
  • 1986 (34 years ago): Three at Once
  • 1988 (32 years ago): A Matter of Choice
  • 1992 (28 years ago): The Turning
  • 1998 (22 years ago): Chicago Cab, aka Hellcab
  • 1998 (22 years ago): The Mighty
  • 1998 (22 years ago): Playing by Heart
  • 1999 (21 years ago): Princess Mononoke
  • 2000 (20 years ago): The House of Mirth
  • 2005 (15 years ago): The Mighty Celt
  • 2005 (15 years ago): A Cock and Bull Story
  • 2005 (15 years ago): Bleak House
  • 2006 (14 years ago): The Last King of Scotland
  • 2007 (13 years ago): Straightheads, aka Closure
  • 2008 (12 years ago): The X-Files: I Want to Believe
  • 2008 (12 years ago): How to Lose Friends & Alienate People
  • 2010 (10 years ago): Gellhorn
  • 2011 (9 years ago): The Smell of Apples

TV-shows (series)

  • 1998 (22 years ago): The X-Files

Guest appearances

  • ReBoot as Agent Data Nully – "Trust No One" Jan. 1996
  • Future Fantastic as herself – July/August 1996
  • The Simpsons (15 walls) (1 walls) as Agent Scully – "The Springfield Files" Jan. 1997
  • Concert for Diana as herself – 1 Jul. 2007
  • Robbie the Reindeer (Close Encounters of the Herd Kind) as Vorkana, Queen of the Nargathrons - 25 dec. 2007 (13 years ago).
  • Masterpiece Theater as herself (host) – Jan. 2008


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