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Gillian Anderson

Highest Rated:   100% The Widowmaker (2015)
Lowest Rated:   31% Last Love (2013)
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Birthplace:   Chicago, Illinois, USA
When actress Gillian Anderson landed the role of Agent Scully for the Fox television series X-Files (1993- ) she could not have foreseen that within two years she would become an internationally known cult phenomenon. She was born in Chicago, but moved to London at age two and remained there until she was in her early teens. She and her family then moved to Grand Rapids, MI, where she rebelliously got heavily into the punk rock scene complete with spiky, brilliantly colored hair and body piercings with safety pins. When she was 14, she became romantically involved with a 20-year-old punk singer and occasionally sang in his band. Her punk period lasted through high school. Following graduation, she got involved in local theater and from there studied fine arts at the Goodman Theater School of Drama at Chicago's DePaul University. Following graduation, she moved to New York where she waited tables and appeared in off-Broadway plays, most notably in Absent Friends, in which she had a starring role that won her a Theater World Award. Anderson made her film debut in 1992 with the low-budget drama The Turning. She then appeared in a theatrical production of The Philanthropist and after that moved to Los Angeles. Though she was frequently courted for television roles, Anderson disdained the medium until the X-Files audition came along. Though the producers were looking for a brainy version of a Baywatch girl, the beautiful but more natural looking (having long passed her outrageous days) Anderson got the role thanks to the insistence of the show's creator Chris Carter. The show became a smash hit within two seasons and Anderson found herself an international star, as did her co-star David Duchovny, the subject of numerous pages on the Internet, and the recipient of such awards as a Golden Globe, an Emmy, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. In addition to continuing work on the X-Files, Anderson hosted a couple of television specials, including More Secrets of the X-Files and the BBC documentary series Future Fantastic. She also lent her voice as a documentary narrator on Spies Above and as animated characters on shows like The Simpsons and Reboot and films like the English version of Princess Mononoke.Anderson would spend the next several years working extensively in British television, starring in series like Bleak House, Any Human Heart, Moby Dick, and The Fall, as well as appearing in numerous UK films, like The Last King of Scotland and Shadow Dancer.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Crooked House
  • Actor
2018
71% Viceroy's House
  • Edwina Mountbatten
$0.5M 2017
No Score Yet Exhibition on Screen: The Artist's Garden - American Impressionism
  • Narrator
2017
No Score Yet Andorra
  • Miss Quay
2017
56% Sold
  • Sophia
2016
61% Robot Overlords
  • Actor
2015
100% The Widowmaker
  • Narrator
2015
No Score Yet National Theatre Live: A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Blanche DuBois
2014
33% I'll Follow You Down
  • Marika
2014
31% Last Love
  • Karen Morgan
2013
82% Shadow Dancer
  • Kate Fletcher
$99.6k 2013
84% From Up On Poppy Hill
  • Miki
$0.7M 2013
No Score Yet La Sorciere Dans Les Airs
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet The Widowmaker
  • Actor
2013
96% Sister
  • Kristin Jansen
2012
No Score Yet Room on the Broom
  • Witch
2012
39% Johnny English Reborn
  • Pamela Thornton/"Pegasus"
$8.3M 2011
33% Boogie Woogie
  • Jean Maclestone
2010
31% The X-Files: I Want to Believe (The X Files 2)
  • Dana Scully
$20.9M 2008
37% How to Lose Friends & Alienate People
  • Eleanor Johnson
$2.5M 2008
No Score Yet Masterpiece Classic
  • Actor
2008
40% Straightheads (Closure)
  • Alice
2007
87% The Last King of Scotland
  • Sarah Merrit
$17.5M 2006
90% Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story
  • Widow Wadman/Gillian Anderson
$1.2M 2005
60% The Mighty Celt
  • Kate
2005
No Score Yet Richard Rodgers: Some Enchanted Evening
  • Actor
2002
81% The House of Mirth
  • Lily Bart
2000
No Score Yet Paul McCartney & Friends: The PETA Concert for Party Animals
  • Actor
2000
92% Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime)
  • Moro [English Version]
1999
60% Playing by Heart
  • Meredith
1998
75% The Mighty
  • Loretta Lee
1998
64% The X-Files - Fight the Future
  • Dana Scully
1998
50% Chicago Cab
  • Southside Girl
1998
No Score Yet Hellcab
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Closure
  • Alice
1997
No Score Yet The X-Files: The Unopened File
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Turning
  • April Cavanaugh
1992

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
94% American Gods
2017
  • Media
  • 2017
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Ronja, the Robber's Daughter
2017
  • Narrator
  • 2017
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
86% War & Peace
2016
  • Anna Pavlovna
  • 2016
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2014
91% The Fall
2013
  • Stella Gibson
  • 2016
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2011
No Score Yet The X-Files
1993-2016
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Dana Scully
  • 2016
  • 2002
  • 2000
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Appearing
  • 2015
89% Hannibal
2013-2015
  • Director
  • Dr. Bedilia Du Maurier Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier Bedelia Du Maurier Bedelia du Maurier
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
61% Crisis
2014
  • Meg Fitch
  • 2014
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2011
No Score Yet Great Expectations
2011
  • Miss Havisham
  • 2012
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Guest
  • Host
  • Lady Dedlock Miss Havisham Duchess of Windsor
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 1997
  • 1996
No Score Yet Bleak House
2005
  • Lady Dedlock
  • 2005
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Guest
  • 1999
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 1997
No Score Yet Top Gear
2002
  • Appearing
  • Actor
  • 1989
50% Any Human Heart
2010
  • Wallis Simpson Duchess of Windsor
No Score Yet The Crimson Petal and the White
2011
  • Mrs. Castaway

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