Gillian Anderson

Biography

Gillian Leigh Anderson (born August 9, 1968, height 5' 3" (1,60 m)) 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.

Gillian Leigh Anderson (born August 9, 1968, height 5' 3" (1,60 m)) 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.

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Personal Info

Gender Female

Known Credits 57

Birthday 1968-08-09

Place of Birth Chicago - Illinois - USA

Adult Actor False

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Also Known As

  • Gillian Leigh Anderson
  • Джілліан Андерсон

Known For

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2017 Official Secrets
2017 American Gods(0 episodes) as Media
2016 War and Peace as Anna Pavlovna Scherer
2016 War and Peace(6 episodes) as Anna Pavlovna Scherer
2015 The Widowmaker as Narrator
2015 Robot Overlords as Kate
2014 The Departure as Blanche DuBois
2014 National Theatre Live: A Streetcar Named Desire as Blanche DuBois
2014 Crisis(14 episodes) as Meg Fitch
2014 Sold as Sophia
2013 Mr. Morgan's Last Love as Karen Morgan
2013 I'll Follow You Down as Marika
2013 The Fall(17 episodes) as Stella Gibson
2013 Hannibal(18 episodes) as Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier
2012 Room on the Broom as Witch (voice)
2012 Sister as Kristin Jansen
2012 Shadow Dancer as Kate Fletcher
2011 Great Expectations as Miss Havisham
2011 Great Expectations(3 episodes) as Miss Havisham
2011 Johnny English Reborn as Pamela Thornton (aka. Pegasus: Head of MI7)
2011 Moby Dick(4 episodes) as Elizabeth
2011 The Crimson Petal and the White(4 episodes) as Mrs. Castaway
2011 The Crimson Petal and the White as Mars. Castaway
2010 Any Human Heart(4 episodes) as Duchess Of Windsor
2010 No Pressure as Herself
2010 Any Human Heart as Duchess Of Windsor
2010 Moby Dick as actrice
2009 Boogie Woogie as Jean Maclestone
2008 How to Lose Friends & Alienate People as Eleanor Johnson
2008 The X Files: I Want to Believe as Dana Scully
2007 Straightheads as Alice
2006 The Last King of Scotland as Sarah Merrit
2005 Bleak House(15 episodes) as Lady Dedlock
2005 A Cock and Bull Story as Widow Wadman
2005 The Mighty Celt as Kate
2003 Celebrities Uncensored(1 episode)
2002 American Idol(1 episode)
2002 V Graham Norton(1 episode)
2002 Richard Rodgers: Some Enchanted Evening as Performer
2001 Richard & Judy(1 episode)
2001 The X-Files : Existence as Dana Scully
2000 The House of Mirth as Lily Bart
1999 Harsh Realm(1 episode)
1998 Playing by Heart as Meredith
1998 The Mighty as Loretta Lee
1998 The Making of 'The X Files: Fight the Future' as Herself
1998 The X Files as Agent Dana Scully
1998 Inside The X-Files as Herself
1997 Chicago Cab as Southside Girl
1994 ReBoot(1 episode)
1993 Frasier(1 episode)
1993 The X-Files(18 episodes)
1993 The X-Files(225 episodes) as Dana Scully
1993 Class of '96(1 episode)
1992 Eek! The Cat(1 episode)
1992 The Turning as April Cavanaugh
1989 The Simpsons(1 episode)
1900 Future Fantastic(9 episodes) as Host

Directing

2014 The Departure … Director
1993 The X-Files(1 episode) … Director

Writing

1993 The X-Files(1 episode) … Writer

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