Gillian Anderson

Gillian Anderson

TV Actress

Gillian Leigh Anderson OBE is a British-American actress. Her credits include the roles of FBI Special Agent Dana Scully in the series The X-Files, ill-fated socialite Lily Bart in Terence Davies's film ...

Full Name
Gillian Leigh Anderson
Aug 9, 1968
5′ 3″
Net Worth


Gillian Anderson was born on August 9, 1968, in Chicago, Illinois. She is of English, Irish, and German descent. Her father, Edward Anderson, was a computer analyst who later worked as a film producer. Her mother, Rosemary Alyce (née Lane), was an artist and a schoolteacher. 

Anderson began her acting career at the age of 22 when she starred in the British television series ‘The X-Files’ as FBI Special Agent Dana Scully. She won numerous awards for the role including two Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress in a Drama Series and one Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. 

She went on to appear in various films such as ‘The House of Mirth’ (2000), ‘The Mighty Celt’ (2005), ‘An Education’ (2009), and ‘Shadow Dancer’ (2012). In addition to these films, she also starred in television shows such as ‘Hannibal’ (2013-2015) and ‘American Gods’ (2017-2019). Most recently, she appeared in Netflix's miniseries 'Sex Education' (2019-present). 

In addition to acting, Anderson is also an activist who advocates for animal rights and environmental issues. She has received numerous accolades and honors throughout her career including being named one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in the World in 1997.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1968</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Gillian Anderson is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On August 9, 1968, Gillian Anderson was born in Chicago, Illinois.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1989</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Anderson Attends The Theatre School</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Attends The Theatre School at DePaul University to study acting.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1992</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Debut Film Role</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Gillian Anderson stars in her debut film role as a grad student in "The Turning".</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1993</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Starring Role in the X-Files</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Gillian Anderson stars as FBI Special Agent Dana Scully in the hit sci-fi series "The X-Files".</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1997</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Nominated For Emmy Award</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Gillian Anderson is nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1998</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Wins Golden Globe Award</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Anderson wins a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2016</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Returns to The X-Files</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Gillian Anderson returns to reprise her role as Dana Scully in the revival of The X-Files.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> She's an Amazing Actress</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Gillian Anderson has been captivating audiences for years with her incredible acting skills. She is best known for her roles in the hit TV series The X-Files and The Fall. Her portrayals of both characters have earned her great acclaim from fans and critics alike.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> She's a Great Role Model</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Gillian Anderson is a great role model for young women. She stands for many important causes such as female empowerment and LGBTQ+ rights, and she is an advocate for mental health awareness. She also speaks up about issues that affect women, including pay inequality.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> She's Passionate About Her Craft</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Gillian Anderson is passionate about her craft and takes her work seriously. She puts a lot of time and effort into each of her projects and it shows in the quality of her performances. Whether it is on the big screen or the small screen, Gillian always gives it her all.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> She is British-American</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Gillian Anderson was born in Chicago, Illinois but she has dual citizenship in the United States and the United Kingdom.</p></div>

 <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> She Co-Authored a book</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Gillian Anderson co-authored a book titled “We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere” with her friend and co-author Jennifer Nadel.</p></div>

 <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> She Has an Honorary Degree</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Gillian Anderson was awarded an honorary degree from The Open University in the UK for her work to inspire people to pursue higher education.</p></div>

 <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Acting Debut on British Television</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Gillian Anderson made her acting debut in 1990 on the British series “The X-Files” as FBI agent Dana Scully.</p></div>

 <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> She is a Human Rights Activist</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Gillian Anderson is an active human rights advocate and has been involved with non-profit organizations such as Amnesty International and UNICEF.</p></div>


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