Gillian Anderson

Mostly Credited As: Gillian Anderson
Birth Name: Gillian Leigh Anderson
Date Of Birth: August 09, 1968 (Age 47)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois
Height: 5' 3" (1.6 m)

Gillian Anderson

National Theater of Great Britain

Gillian Leigh Anderson was born in Chicago, Illinois on August 9, 1968 to Edward and Rosemary Anderson. Soon after her birth, her family relocated to Puerto Rico for 15 months and then moved to England. Gillian spent the next 9 years of her childhood growing up in London's North End - first in Stamford Hill, then in Crouch End where her father Edward studied film production at the London School of Film Technique in Covent Garden for 2 years. Her family eventually moved back to U.S.A. when she was 11 years old and settled down in Grand Rapids, Michigan where her father ran a film post-production company and her mother worked as a computer analyst. She attended City Middle/High School, a program for gifted students with a strong emphasis on the humanities in Michigan.

She began to like acting when she was involved in the high school and community theater productions. She attended Goodman Theater School of Drama at DePaul University in Chicago, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1990. Her first appearance on television was in 1993, where she had a guest appearance on the collegiate drama Class of '96 on the fledgling Fox Network. But it was the role of Dana Scully on The X-Files, that has earned her many followers. It was there too, she met assistant art director Clyde Klotz, whom she married and with whom she had a daughter, Piper Maru, in 1994. But later, they were divorced. She married Julian Ozanne, a documentary filmmaker in December 2004 on Lamu's island of Shella, off the coast of Africa. She 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.

Ever since The X-Files has ended, she was involved in several stage productions and worked on various film projects. She has also done narrative work for documentaries on scientific topics. In 2005, she was in a BBC television adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel Bleak House. She has recently completed work on a film version of the novel Tristram Shandy and to be released later in the year.

~Gillian Anderson's Quotes~


  1. 1986 ~ Three at Once (B&W student production)
    Character played: Woman #1
  2. 1988 ~ A Matter of Choice (B&W student production)
  3. 1992 ~ The Turning
    Character played: April Cavanaugh
  4. 1996 ~ Spies Above
    Character played: Narrator
  5. 1997 ~ Mononoke-hime
    Character played: (voice of) Moro
  6. 1998 ~ Chicago Cab
    Character played: Brenda, Southside Girl
  7. 1998 ~ The Mighty
    Character played: Loretta Lee
  8. 1998 ~ The X-Files: Fight the Future
    Characters played: Special Agent Dana Scully
  9. 1998 ~ Playing by Heart
    Character played: Meredith
  10. 2000 ~ The House of Mirth
    Character played: Lily Bart
  11. 2005 ~ The Mighty Celt
    Character played: Kate
  12. 2005 ~ A Cock and Bull Story
    Character played: Widow Wadman
  13. 2006 ~ The Last King of Scotland
    Character played: Sarah Merrit
  14. 2007 ~ Straightheads
    Character played: Alice
  15. 2008 ~ How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (post-production)
    Character played: Eleanor Johnson
  16. 2008 ~ The X Files: I Want to Believe (post-production)
    Character played: Dana Scully
  17. 2008 ~ Boogie Woogie (post-production)
    Character played: Jean Maclestone
  18. 2008 ~ No One Gets Off in This Town (pre-production)
  19. 2009 ~ The Smell of Apples (in production)


  • Theater World Award 1991
    Absent Friends
  • Golden Globe 1995
    Best Television Actress - Drama: Nominated
    The X-Files [TV Series]
  • Screen Actors Guild 1999
    Best Female Actor- Dramatic Series: Nominated
    The X-Files [TV Series]
  • Screen Actors Guild 2000
    Best Actress in a Drama Series: Nominated
    The X-Files [TV Series]
  • British Independent Film Award 2001
    Best Actress : Won
    The House of Mirth
  • Toronto Film Critics Association 2001
    Best Actress [Runner-up]: Won
    The House of Mirth

TV Appearances

Main cast 
American Gods (2016)As: Media
Crisis (2014)As: Meg Fitch
The Fall (2013)As: Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson
Hannibal (2013)As: Bedelia Du Maurier (S3+)
Great Expectations (2011) (2011)As: Miss Havisham
The Crimson Petal And The White (2011)As: Mrs Castaway
Any Human Heart (2010)As: Duchess of Windsor
Masterpiece (1971)As: Host - Masterpiece Classic (2008)
Episode Cast Credits 

Jimmy Kimmel Live (2003) 
  David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Jacob Tremblay, Leon Bridges 14x06: (Jan/12/2016) As Herself, [Interviewees]
  Gillian Anderson, Alex Cambert, Bryan Adams 06x106: (Jul/29/2008) As Herself, [Interviewees]

Good Morning Britain (2014) 
  December 1, 2014 01x156: (Dec/01/2014) As Herself 

Alan Carr: Chatty Man (2009) 
  Charlie Day & Jason Sudeikis, Russell Howard, Gillian Anderson, Mick Hucknall, Lorde 13x09: (Nov/14/2014) As Herself 

This Morning (1988) 
  November 13, 2014 27x54: (Nov/13/2014) As Herself 

The One Show (2006) 
  November 12, 2014 09x65: (Nov/12/2014) As Herself 

Last Call with Carson Daly (2002) 
  Gillian Anderson, Alt-J, Thug Kitchen 13x89: (Nov/03/2014) As Herself, [Interviewees]

Stand Up To Cancer (2012) 
  Stand Up To Cancer 2014 02x10: (Oct/17/2014) As Herself (Donate Now Film) 

Hannibal (2013) 
  Tome-wan 02x12: (May/16/2014) As Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier, [Special Guest Stars]
  Sakizuki 02x02: (Mar/07/2014) As Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier, [Special Guest Stars]
  Relevés 01x12: (Jun/13/2013) As Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier, [Special Guest Stars]
  Rôti 01x11: (Jun/06/2013) As Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier 

The Jonathan Ross Show (2011) 
  David Beckham, Will Ferrell, Gillian Anderson, Leona Lewis 05x10: (Dec/14/2013) As Herself 

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) 
  Gillian Anderson, Jim Rash & Nat Faxon, Kenny Chesney 21x134: (Jul/22/2013) As Herself, [Interviewees]
  Gillian Anderson, Aziz Ansari, Kelly Rowland 19x129: (Jul/29/2011) As Herself, [Interviewees]
  Gillian Anderson, Dave Attell, The Duke Spirit 16x155: (Jul/22/2008) As Herself 

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009) 
  Aziz Ansari, Gillian Anderson, J. Cole, PJ Morton 05x85: (May/21/2013) As Herself, [Interviewees]

Lorraine (2010) 
  Series 3, Show 173 03x173: (May/10/2013) As Herself 

Masterpiece (1971) 
  Great Expectations: (Episode 2) 42x09: (Apr/08/2012) As Miss Havisham 
  Any Human Heart: (Episode 1) 41x05: (Feb/13/2011) As Wallis Simpson 

The Graham Norton Show (2007) 
  Christmas Special (Dec/23/2011) As Herself 

Daybreak (2010) 
  October 4, 2011 02x22: (Oct/04/2011) As Herself 

Richard & Judy (2001) 
  Series 10, Show 33 10x33: (Jul/30/2008) As Herself 

The Late Show with David Letterman (1993) 
  Gillian Anderson, Simon Pegg, We Are Scientists 15x154: (Jul/28/2008) As Herself, [Interviewees]
  Gillian Andersen, Jonathan Katz 09x149: (May/10/2002) As Herself 
  Gillian Anderson, Foo Fighters 07x142: (May/15/2000) As Herself 
  John McEnroe, The Pretenders 05x170: (Jun/23/1998) As Dana Scully 

American Idol (2002) 
  Idol Gives Back (Apr/25/2007) As Herself 

Parkinson (1998) (1998) 
  Paul Whitehouse, Gillian Anderson 08x03: (Oct/12/2002) As Herself, [Interviewees]

V Graham Norton (2002) 
  Series 1, Show 7 01x07: (May/14/2002) As Herself 

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (1996) 
  Gillian Anderson 05x167: (Dec/21/2000) As Herself, [Interviewees]
  Gillian Anderson 04x04: (Jan/14/1999) As Herself, [Interviewees]

Harsh Realm (1999) 
  Pilot 01x01: (Oct/08/1999) Voiced  Video Narrator, [Uncredited]

Frasier (1993) 
  Dr. Nora 06x20: (Apr/29/1999) Voiced  Jenny 

The Emmy Awards (1949) 
  The 49th Annual Emmy Awards 49x01: (Sep/14/1997) As Winner: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (for 'The X-Files') 

The Golden Globes (1944) 
  The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards 54x01: (Jan/19/1997) As Winner: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama (for 'The X-Files') 

The Screen Actors Guild Awards (1995) 
  2nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 02x01: (Feb/24/1996) As Winner: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (for 'The X-Files') 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Winner: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (for 'The X-Files') 

ReBoot (1994) 
  Trust No One (3) 02x09: (Dec/30/1995) Voiced  Data Nully 

Eek! the Cat (1992) 
  Eek Space-9 04x09: (Unknown/Unaired) Voiced  Herself 

AMERICA In Primetime (2011) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Herself 
Crew Credits

Show Crew

Episode Crew

The X-Files (1993) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
??x?? Unknown/Unaired As: Director, Writer

Her feet are size seven.

Her hair is naturally blonde

Her favorite film is Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong Trousers (1993)

She graduated from City High School, Grand Rapids in Michigan.

She was voted "Class Clown" and "Most Bizarre Girl"in her high school .

She earned a degree in fine arts at the Goodman Theater School of Drama at DePaul University in Chicago.

It was when she replaced Mary-Louise Parker in the play "The Philanthropist", that she got her first real break.

Her first paycheck from "The X-Files" was spent on art.

Because of her height is just 5' 3", she has to stand on an apple box to shoot many scenes in "The X Files".

She dated Rodney Rowland from 1997 to1998.

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Gillian Anderson Quotes
Gillian Anderson: Be of service. Whether you make yourself available to a friend or co-worker, or you make time every month to do volunteer work, there is nothing that harvests more of a feeling of empowerment than being of service to someone in need.

Gillian Anderson: (about her X-Files character, Dana Scully) I am more spontaneous than my character.

Gillian Anderson: I believe people are in our lives for a reason. We're here to learn from each other.

Gillian Anderson: I love it when women come up to me and tell me I'm a positive influence on their lives and the lives of their young daughters. That's a great feeling.

Gillian Anderson: I truly believe that we can overcome any hurdle that lies before us and create the life we want to live. I have seen it happen time and time again.

Gillian Anderson: I try in my life to follow my heart in terms of what moves me and what is important to me. I know what it feels like to do things that are soul-decaying, and a lot of the large aspects of life in Hollywood, in the stereotypical way, I find unbelievably soul-decaying, and I choose, albeit frustratingly to other people in my life, not to expose myself to too much of that.

Gillian Anderson: Just remember, you can do anything you set your mind to, but it takes action, perseverance, and facing your fears.

Gillian Anderson: Let's practice what we preach, and with the acceptance that we expect from others, let's stop being so damn judgmental and crucifying everyone who doesn't fit in to our boxed-in perception of what is right.

Gillian Anderson: My whole belief system is that our paths are drawn for us. I believe in reincarnation. I believe we're here to learn and grow. We choose how we come into this life based on what it is we have to learn. Some people have harder lessons than others.

Gillian Anderson: People generally treat me like I'm very intelligent and really, I'm much less intelligent than she is. Scully is insanely intelligent.

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