Gillian Anderson

Gillian Anderson

Infobox actor

imagesize =
caption = Anderson in London, 2004
birthdate = birth date and age |1968|8|9
birthplace = Chicago, Illinois, USA
birthname = Gillian Leigh Anderson
spouse = Clyde Klotz (1994-1997)
Julian Ozanne (2004-2006)
emmyawards = Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
1997 "The X-Files"
goldenglobeawards = Best Actress - Drama Series
1997 "The X-Files"
sagawards = Best Actress - Drama Series
1996, 1997 "The X-Files"

Gillian Leigh Anderson (born August 9, 1968) is an American actress, best known for her roles as FBI Special Agent Dana Scully in the American TV series "The X-Files" and Lady Dedlock in the BBC TV series "Bleak House". She currently hosts "Masterpiece" on PBS.

Early life

Anderson was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA, the daughter of Rosemary Anderson, a computer analyst, and Edward Anderson, who owned a film post-production company. [ [ Gillian Anderson Biography (1968-) ] ] Soon after her birth, her family moved to Puerto Rico for 15 months and then to Crouch End where she attended Fortismere School and finally Harringay [ [ The Official Gillian Anderson Website] ] in 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 one. 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." Anderson was also caught trying to jam the high school doors by filling their locks with glue on the eve of her graduation. [cite web | url= | title=Gillian Anderson Uncensored | author=Margy Rochlin | date=October 1997 | publisher=US magazine | accessdate=2006-10-04]

Anderson found an outlet for her energy when she began acting in high school and community theater productions, even serving as a student intern at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. She had wanted to be a marine biologist, but began acting instead at 17, with a few roles in various community theatre productions. Anderson 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 22 years old. She began her career in Alan Ayckbourn's play, "Absent Friends", at the Manhattan Theatre Club in which Anderson played 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. To support herself when she started her career, Anderson worked as a waitress.

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. [cite web | url= | title=The Official Gillian Anderson Website - About Gillian - Biography | | accessdate=2006-10-04] 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 is the youngest actress - at the age of 29 years old in 1997 - to win Outstanding Lead Actress in a Primetime Drama Series Emmy Award since Lindsay Wagner won at the age of 28 in 1977.

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 "". Filming concluded on March 11, 2008. The movie was released on July 25, 2008, with a DVD release to follow on December 2, 2008.

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 until July 18, 2009.

Personal life

* On New Year's Day 1994, Anderson married Clyde Klotz, "The X-Files" series assistant art director, on the 17th hole of a golf course in Hawaii as part of a Buddhist ceremony. A few months later came the news that she was pregnant. "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. Daughter Piper Maru (for whom "The X-Files" episode, "Piper Maru," was named) was born on September 25, 1994, in Vancouver, Canada. Carter was named her godfather. In the year of 2000, Piper had a small (and uncredited) appearance in "The House of Mirth" movie of her mother. Anderson and Klotz divorced in 1997.

* Anderson's younger sister; Zoe (occasionally, non professional actress) appeared uncredited as 14-year-old Dana Scully on "The X-Files" episode Christmas Carol.

* In 1996, Anderson was voted the "Sexiest Woman in the World" for FHM's "100 Sexiest Women" poll. [cite web |url= |title=FHM #81
author=Gillian Anderson Official Site

* "The X-Files" finished its ninth and final season in May 2002, marking the end of a major period in Anderson's life - she started the show when she was 24 and finished it when she was 34. She later moved to London. From November 2002 through February 9, 2003, she starred in the Michael Weller play, "What the Night is For", in London's West End.

* 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. [cite web | url= | title=X Files star now to become X-wife | date=April 22, 2006 | publisher=Daily Mail | accessdate=2006-10-04]

* In 2006, Gillian became involved with Mark Griffiths director of Au Pair film series, while she was separated from her husband. They welcomed their first child together, son Oscar Griffiths on November 1st, 2006. [cite web | url=,,2087-2460323,00.html | title=Boy for Scully and Mr X | date=November 19, 2006 | author= | publisher=The Times | accessdate=2006-11-18 ] Gillian and Mark are currently expecting their second child, another son due in October 2008.

* 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. [cite web | url= | title=The Official Gillian Anderson Website - Charities | | accessdate=2006-10-04] She is also a member of the board of directors for Artists for a New South Africa and a campaigner for [ Action for Southern Africa] . Furthermore, Anderson is a an active member of PETA, supporting animal rights. [cite web | url= | title=Turkey Passes Its First Comprehensive Animal-Protection Law | | accessdate=2006-10-04 ] [cite web | url= | title=List of Famous Vegetarians | accessdate=2008-04-29 ]


* "Three at Once" (1986), B&W student production, as "Woman 1"
* "A Matter of Choice" (1988), B&W student production
* "The Turning" (1992), as "April Cavanaugh"
* "Chicago Cab", aka "Hellcab" (1998), as "Southside Girl" (or "Brenda")
* "The Mighty" (1998), as "Loretta Lee"
* "" (1998), as "Dana Scully"
* "Playing by Heart" (1998), as "Meredith"
* "Mononoke Hime" (1997), aka "Princess Mononoke" (English language version, 1999), voice, as "Moro"
* "The House of Mirth" (2000), as "Lily Bart"
* "The Mighty Celt" (2005), as "Kate"
* "A Cock and Bull Story" (2005) as "Gillian Anderson/Widow Wadman"
* "Bleak House" (2005) as "Lady Dedlock"
* "The Last King of Scotland" (2006), as "Sarah Merrit"
* "Straightheads", aka "Closure" (2007) as "Alice Comfort"
* "How to Lose Friends and Alienate People" (2008), as "Eleanor Johnson" [ [ Bridges, Dunst & Anderson to Alienate People - ] ]
* "Boogie Woogie" (Unknown release date, finished shooting 2nd November 2007), as "Jean Maclestone"
* "" (2008), as "Dana Scully" [cite web|url=|title=Filming of the X-Files sequel wraps|date=2008-03-12|author=Glen Schaefer|publisher="Vancouver Province"|accessdate=2008-03-12]
* "Gellhorn" (2010) as "Martha Gellhorn"

Other TV appearances

* "ReBoot" as Agent Data Nully - "Trust No One" January 1996.
* "Future Fantastic" as herself - July/August 1996.
* "The Simpsons" as Agent Scully - "The Springfield Files" January 1997.
* "Concert for Diana" as herself - 1 July 2007.
* "Robbie the Reindeer (Close Encounters of the Herd Kind)" as Vorkana, Queen of the Nargathrons - 25th December 2007.
* "Masterpiece Theater" as herself (host) - January 2008. [cite web |url= |title=Masterpiece Theatre Introduces Masterpiece Classic, Masterpiece Mystery! and Masterpiece Contemporary

tage appearances

* "Arsenic and Old Lace" (1983) - City High School, Grand Rapids, Michigan, two performances, as "Officer Brophy". [cite web | url= | title=The G-Files: the search for Gillian Anderson's roots | accessdate=2006-10-04 ]
* "A Flea in Her Ear" (1990) - The Theatre School, Depaul University.
* "Absent Friends" (1991) - Manhattan Theatre Club. Won a Theatre World Award for Best Performance.
* "The Philanthropist" (1992) - Long Wharf Theatre.
* "The Vagina Monologues" (1999, London)/(2000, LA)
* "What The Night Is For" (2002-11-07 to 2003-02-09). A new play which ran at the Comedy Theatre in London, and was Anderson's West End debut.
* "The Sweetest Swing in Baseball" (2004). World premiere at the Royal Court Theatre, London.
* " A Doll's House" (2009) in London

Other works

* Wrote and directed the "X-Files" episode ""
* Compiled a collection of Electronica music inspired by Future Fantastic, entitled Future: A Journey Through The Electronic Underground. Contributed vocals to one track, Extremis, with music by HAL.
* Provided the voice for the ship's computer in the 1996 video game Hellbender by Terminal Reality and Microsoft.
* Appeared in 2 X-Files games, The X-Files Game and provided her voice and likeness for .


External links

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* [ Gillian Anderson's Official site]
* [ BBC Drama Faces - Gillian Anderson]
* [ More X-rated than X Files - what Gillian's up to now]

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