Gillian Anderson

Actor, Director, Screenwriter
An intelligent and versatile actress, Gillian Anderson forged a career that spanned every medium - from American television and feature films, to the stages of London. A natural blonde, Anderson rose to fame as the ... Read more »
Born: 08/08/1968 in Chicago, Illinois, USA


Actor (60)

Hannibal 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)


Our Robot Overlords 2015 (Movie)

Kate (Actor)

Sold 2015 (Movie)


The Fall 2012 - 2015 (TV Show)


The Graham Norton Show 2011 - 2012, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)


Crisis 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)


I'll Follow You Down 2014 (Movie)

Marika (Actor)

Last Love 2013 (Movie)

Karen (Actor)

Shadow Dancer 2013 (Movie)

Kate Fletcher (Actor)

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2013 (Tv Show)


FOX's 25th Anniversary Special 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)


Great Expectations 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)


Sister 2012 (Movie)

the English Lady (Actor)

Any Human Heart 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)


Johnny English Reborn 2011 (Movie)

Pamela (Actor)

Moby Dick 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)


Boogie Woogie 2010 (Movie)

Jean Maclestone (Actor)

How to Lose Friends & Alienate People 2008 (Movie)

Eleanor Johnson (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 (Tv Show)


The X-Files: I Want to Believe 2008 (Movie)

Agent Dana Scully (Actor)

Closure 2007 (Movie)

Alice (Actor)

Concert for Diana 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)


The Last King of Scotland 2006 (Movie)

Sarah Merrit (Actor)

Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story 2006 (Movie)

Widow Wadman/"Gillian Anderson" (Actor)

The Mighty Celt 2005 (Movie)


When I Was A Girl 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)


The Ultimate Auction 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


6th Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


The House of Mirth 2000 (Movie)

Lily Bart (Actor)

The X-Files 2000 (TV Show)


50th Emmy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


Frasier 1999 (Tv Show)


Princess Mononoke 1999 (Movie)

of Moro (Voice)

Chicago Cab 1998 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Inside the X-Files 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


Playing By Heart 1998 (Movie)

Meredith (Actor)

The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


The Mighty 1998 (Movie)

Loretta Lee (Actor)

The X-Files 1998 (Movie)

Agent Dana Scully (Actor)

Future Fantastic 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


The 1996 Emmy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


The 1997 MTV Movie Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


The Screen Actors Guild Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


The Simpsons 1997 (Tv Show)


The Turning 1997 (Movie)

April Cavanaugh (Actor)

47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


More Secrets of the X-Files 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


Why Planes Go Down 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


Bleak House (TV Show)


Room on the Broom (TV Show)


Spies Above (TV Show)


The Crimson Petal and the White (Movie)

Mrs. Castaway (Actor)


An intelligent and versatile actress, Gillian Anderson forged a career that spanned every medium - from American television and feature films, to the stages of London. A natural blonde, Anderson rose to fame as the no-nonsense redhead FBI agent Dana Scully on the cult sci-fi series, "The X-Files" (Fox, 1993-2002), a role which earned her a multitude of die-hard fans and both Emmy and Golden Globe awards. Named one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" in 1997, Anderson's recognition from her dark, chill-inducing series provided her with a solid platform from which to branch out into a variety of film and stage work. Exhibiting her full dramatic range, Anderson turned in critically acclaimed performances in the period film "The House of Mirth" (2000) and in the BBC miniseries, "Bleak House" (2005), which earned her more awards recognition. With an obvious skill for and love of her craft, Anderson established herself as an immensely gifted actress, even apart from her beloved characterization of Agent Dana Scully, for which she remained most revered.


Edward Anderson


Rosemary Anderson


Piper Anderson

Born Sept. 25, 1994 in Vancouver; father, Clyde Klotz

Aaron Anderson

Born c. 1971; suffered from neurofibromatosis

Zoe Anderson

Born c. 1974

Mark Griffiths Director

Dated for six years before announcing split August 2012

Felix Griffiths

Born Oct. 15, 2008; father, Mark Griffiths

Oscar Griffiths

Born Nov. 1, 2006, three weeks premature; father, Mark Griffiths

Adrian Hughes Director

Met when Hughes appeared on "The X-Files" (Fox) Split in wake of reports he had sexually attacked three young aspiring actresses in January 1997

Clyde Klotz Director

Married New Year's Day 1994 in a Buddhist ceremony on a Hawaiian golf course Divorced Feb. 1, 1997

Julian Ozanne Director

Met 1999 Began dating November 2002 Married Dec. 29, 2004 in the village of Shella on Lamu, an island off the coast of Kenya Announced separation April 2006 after 16 months of marriage Divorced July 24, 2007

Rod Rowland Actor

Dated c. 1997-98


National Theatre of Great Britain

Studied with the theater group through its affiliation with Cornell University

City High School

Grand Rapids , Michigan
Anderson was voted "most likely to be arrested" by her classmates and was, in fact, arrested on graduation night for trying to glue the locks shut at the school

DePaul University

Chicago , Illinois 1990
Attended DePaul's Theatre School of Drama



Cast opposite Rowan Atkinson in the comedy feature "Johnny English Reborn"


Cast as the Duchess of Windsor in the miniseries "Any Human Heart" (Channel 4/PBS)


Reprised role of Agent Scully for "The X-Files: I Want to Believe," the second feature based on the cult Fox series


Joined an ensemble cast for the comedy "How to Lose Friends & Alienate People"


Played the wife to an English doctor in "The Last King of Scotland," about Ugandan dictator Idi Amin (Forest Whitaker)


Featured in "Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story" a film version of the Laurence Stern novel The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman


Portrayed Lady Dedlock in the BBC/PBS adaptation of "Bleak House," based on the novel by Charles Dickens; earned BAFTA (2006), Emmy (2006) and Golden Globe (2007) nominations for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Movie


Starred as Lily Bart in Terence Davies film adaptation of "The House of Mirth"


Reprised Emmy-winning role of Dana Scully for the feature film "The X-Files"


Landed supporting role as an eccentric, alcoholic biker chick in "The Mighty"


Offered fine turn as a romantically embittered theater director finding love with architect Jon Stewart in the ensemble film "Playing By Heart"


Made cameo appearance as a big-haired working-class girl who fights with her boyfriend in "Chicago Cab"


Contributed her voice to the animated Dana Scully on an episode of Fox's "The Simpsons"


Breakthrough role as FBI agent Dana Scully opposite David Duchovny's Fox Mulder on the paranormal crime drama series "The X-Files" (Fox); Anderson reportedly cast on the series' pilot the same day her unemployment check arrived


Feature film debut in "The Turning"


Appeared in the off-Broadway production of "Absent Friends"

Became involved in community theater productions while still in high school

Moved from London, England to Grand Rapids, MI at age 11

Performed the book tape version of Anne Rice's "Exit to Eden"

Bonus Trivia


"In high school my grades were bad – I was daydreaming, pulling pranks. I got into a heavy punk scene. I had a nose ring and my hair was purple and black and blue. I dressed in black. I was very confused, and a loner. I was in a relationship with a man 10 years older than me when I was 14. He was in a punk band, and I used to give him cans of food from our house and buy him Big Gulps and cigarettes. I was terrible. In 11th grade I decided to audition for a community theater play and I got the part, and then I felt extremely happy, like I had found my place. My grades went up and I was voted most improved student." – Anderson on when she realized she wanted to be an actress, to Movieline, June 1995


Anderson worked as a waitress at Dojos, a popular low-priced Greenwich Village restaurant shortly before getting hired for "The X-Files" (Fox).


Not to be confused with the conductor and preservationist Gillian Bunshaft Anderson.


"I realized that she has that Meryl Streep thing of transforming herself. Who do I want to be the lead in my next movie? If she was any way right, I want it to be Gillian." – director Peter Chelsom ("The Mighty") to Us magazine, October 1997


Anderson caused a minor ripple when in a March 2012 interview with Out magazine, she casually recalled several lesbian affairs from her youth, going back as far as high school. When pressed on the subject, she revealed that the dalliances never led her to believe she might be "100 percent gay," as she was also always attracted to men.