Gillian Anderson

Born Aug 9, 1968

Gillian Leigh Anderson is an American actress. After beginning her career in theater, Anderson achieved international recognition for her role as Special Agent Dana Scully on the American television series The X-Files. Her film work includes The House of Mirth (2000), The Mighty Celt (2005), The Last King of Scotland (2006), and two X-Files films, The X-Files (1998) and The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008).… Read More

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1968 Birth Born on August 9, 1968.


1986 17 Years Old After graduating high school in 1986, she attended The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1990. … Read More


1990 - 1994 4 More Events
1996 27 Years Old In 1996, Anderson narrated the television documentaries Spies Above and Why Planes Go Down. … Read More
In 1997, Anderson provided spoken word vocals and starred in the music video for their single “Extremis”, which was frequently aired on MTV. … Read More
1998 29 Years Old In 1998, she starred in the film Playing by Heart with Sean Connery, Angelina Jolie, Ellen Burstyn and Jon Stewart. … Read More


1999 - 2002 4 More Events
2004 35 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2004, Anderson starred in the Royal Court Theatre's production of Rebecca Gilman's play The Sweetest Swing in Baseball, as artist Dana Fielding who assumes the personality of the troubled baseball player Darryl Strawberry – a role for which she earned rave reviews.
2005 36 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2005, she appeared as Lady Dedlock in the BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel Bleak House, and had a starring role in the Irish film The Mighty Celt, for which she won an IFTA award for Best International Actress. … Read More
2006 37 Years Old 1 More Event
During 2006 and 2007, Anderson appeared in two British films: The Last King of Scotland with James McAvoy (2006) and Straightheads with Danny Dyer (2007).


2009 - 2010 6 More Events
In April 2011, she starred in the BBC adaptation The Crimson Petal and the White as Mrs. Castaway, for which she was nominated for the Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Actress.
In 2012, Anderson appeared in a Swiss drama film, Sister, and in Shadow Dancer – a British-Irish drama film based on the novel of the same name, about the Irish republican movement.
Anderson voiced the character of Dr. Miki Hokuto in the English-language version of Studio Ghibli's From Up On Poppy Hill, which was released In March 2013. … Read More
In 2014, Anderson was promoted from a recurring character during the first two seasons, to a series regular for the third season.
In February 2015, Anderson narrated the medical documentary The Widowmaker.
In January 2016, Anderson portrayed Anna Pavlovna Scherer in BBC One's television adaptation War & Peace.
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