Gillian Anderson Biography

Television Actress, Film Actress, Theater Actress, Actress, Film Actor/Film Actress (1968–)
American actress Gillian Anderson is best known her portrayal of FBI Special Agent Dana Scully in the hit television series 'The X-Files.'

Who Is Gillian Anderson?

Born in Chicago in 1968, Gillian Anderson is an award-winning actress who gained fame for her portrayal of Special Agent Dana Scully on the hit television series The X-Files (1993-2002). Since the show ended, Anderson has appeared in several film, television and theater roles in the United States and England. Her later roles include The Last King of Scotland (2006), NBC's Hannibal (2013-2015) and the BBC TV series The Fall (2013-2016).

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Gillian Anderson attends the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 14, 2017 in London, England. 

Movies, TV Shows and Stage Work

'The X-Files'

One of Anderson's first big roles was in the off Broadway play Absent Friends for which she won a Theater World Award in 1991. Shortly thereafter, she relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a film career. Her break came when she was casted to play agent Dana Scully in the television series The X-Files (1993–2002). The hit show with co-star David Duchovny evolved into a cult classic. Anderson's role garnered her numerous accolades including a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (1996), an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (1997), a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series in Drama (1997) and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (1997).

During this time she also starred in the feature films The X-Files: Fight the Future (1998), The Mighty (1998) and The House of Mirth (2000). The latter won her a British Independent Film Award for Best Actress and a Best Performance Award from the Village Voice Film Critics' Poll. In 2000, Anderson made The X Files series history when she became the first woman to write and direct an episode.

'The Last King of Scotland,' 'X-Files' Film Sequel

After the series ended, Anderson starred in the play What the Night Is For, which garnered her a Theatregoers' Choice Best Actress Award in 2003. In 2005 she acted in an award-winning BBC television serialization of Charles Dickens' Bleak House, as well as appeared in the film The Last King of Scotland (2006). In 2008 Anderson starred in the second feature film installment of The X-Files franchise, which was entitled The X-Files: I Want to Believe. Returning to the stage in 2009, she performed in the London show A Doll's House, for which she received a Laurence Olivier Nomination.

The next year, she appeared in the role of Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor whom King Edward VIII abdicated to marry, in the drama Any Human Heart (2010), and for this was nominated for a BAFTA award. The next year, she starred in the award-winning BBC adaptation of Great Expectations (2011).

Other notable projects include the BBC Two-RTE One crime drama The Fall (2013-2016), in which Anderson portrays DSI Stella Gibson and NBC's Hannibal (2013-2015) playing Hannibal Lecter's psychiatrist. Anderson also reprised her role as Agent Scully in the tenth (2016) and eleventh (2018) season of The X-Files on the small screen. She also starred in one season of the STARZ fantasy drama American Gods (2017) as the goddess Media.

On the stage, Anderson earned praise for her role as Blanche DuBois in the London production of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire in 2014. She reprised her award-winning role when the production moved to New York at St. Ann's Warehouse in 2016.

In the summer of 2018, Anderson tackled comedic fare, starring in The Spy Who Dumped Me, opposite Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon

Among her upcoming projects, Anderson is set to star in Netflix's dramatic comedy Sex Education.


In 2014 Anderson worked with author Jeff Rovin to publish A Vision of Fire, her very first book, which would later become a sci-fi trilogy called The Earthend Saga. 

Three years later, she would co-author a feminist self-help book entitled WE: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere, with journalist Jennifer Nadel.

Personal Life

Anderson married her first husband, X-Files assistant director Clyde Klotz, in 1994. That fall, she gave birth to daughter Piper Maru. Three years later the couple divorced. Between 2004 to 2006, Anderson was married to her second husband documentary filmmaker Julian Ozanne.

Soon after her divorce from Ozanne, she began dating businessman Mark Griffiths and eventually had two sons with him: Oscar (b. 2006) and Felix (b. 2008). The couple split in 2012. 

Anderson currently lives in London with her three kids and is dating British screenwriter Peter Morgan. 

Early Life

Actress Gillian Leigh Anderson was born on August 9, 1968, in Chicago, Illinois. During her infant years, her family moved to Puerto Rico before relocating to England. Here she spent the next nine years in London's North End while her father Edward attended the London School of Film Technique in Covent Garden to study film production. After a few years, her father moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, to run a film post-production company while her mother worked as a computer analyst.

As a child, Anderson showed interest in archeology and marine biology, but her passion changed to acting after auditioning for a community play while a student at City High School. Known as a somewhat wild and troubled teen, Anderson revealed that with acting, "My outlook changed, my grades went up and I was voted 'most improved student.'"

After graduating in 1986, Anderson enrolled in DePaul University's Goodman Theater and obtained a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts. She then moved to New York City at age 22 to break into acting.

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