Gillian Anderson
Actress
Gillian Anderson
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).
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Fighting Child Sex Trafficking in India, Award-Winning Movie <em>SOLD</em> Goes Digital
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Film is incredibly democratic and accessible, it's probably the best option if you actually want to change the world, not just re-decorate it. - Banksy Giving voice to the millions of children who are sold into sex slavery, in India and beyond, this film adaptation of Patricia McCormick's haunting novel SOLD launches its digital release on January 10, 2017, after copping numerous awards on the film festival circuit. It is available for download on a variety of platforms (see below) in a wide-ranging, grassroots effort to fund the 'Taught Not Trafficked' campaign - one of the latest initiatives to combat what experts estimate is now a $150 billion criminal industry. 'Taught Not Trafficked' builds classrooms for children in Nepal, and provides safe housing, healing programs and vocational training for survivors of trafficking. Drenched in the vivid colors of its shooting locations, SOLD is anchored by powerful performances by 13-year-old newcomer Niyar Sakia as a ...
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This Is What The Golden Globe Awards Looked Like In 1997
Huffington Post - about 2 months
With the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards just around the corner, we’re feeling a little nostalgic for the ceremony’s past.  To get ourselves in the mood to for this year’s show ― and to prepare for the onslaught of award shows to come ―  we’re taking a virtual trip back to 1997. It was a year of sunglasses on the red carpet (we see you, Christine Baranski!), Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman’s love and George Clooney on crutches. It was also the year when “The X-Files” swept  the TV categories. The sci-fi show won Best Series, Drama, and its two leads, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, took home top honors for their acting. It was also the year Madonna earned a Globe for her role in “Evita,” and Tom Cruise beat out Nathan Lane for the Best Actor award in the Musical or Comedy category. To find out who wins big this year, watch the Golden Globes ― hosted by Jimmy Fallon ― this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.  Hit Backspace for a regular dose of pop culture nosta ...
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Review: ‘The Fall’ Returns, but Will the Deadly Hunt Continue?
NYTimes - 4 months
This serial-killer drama, starring Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan, comes back for Season 3 on Netflix. It was created for Irish and British television.
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David Duchovny Wants You To Film Your Dog Licking Your Face
Huffington Post - 8 months
This isn’t just fluff. David Duchovny launched the #LickMyFace campaign on Wednesday, with a video of him spreading organic peanut butter all over his face in order to entice his rescue dog, Brick, to lick it. For every lick from Brick, Duchovny will donate $1 to Target Zero -- a nonprofit that mentors shelters, city by city, by teaching them the best practices to become “zero kill” or no-kill, meaning they will no longer euthanize healthy or treatable animals. Take, for example, Waco, Texas, which in 2012, euthanized close to 6,000 dogs and cats. After going through Target Zero’s program, it was on pace to save nearly 90 percent of the animals in its public shelter by the end of 2015. “What they do really works and it works fast,” Duchovny told The Huffington Post. “That's a lot of lives saved.”  The program has also been successful in Huntsville, Alabama, and other “Fellow Cities” (or cities enrolled in the program), including Nashville, Tennessee, El P ...
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Get ready to worship Gillian Anderson as the god Media on 'American Gods'
LATimes - 9 months
Get ready to worship at the altar of Gillian Anderson. “The X-Files” actress has been cast as a New God on the upcoming Starz adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods.” According to a statement released by the network Friday, Anderson, best known for her work as Dana Scully on ’90s sci-fi classic...
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Get ready to worship Gillian Anderson as the god Media on 'American Gods'
LATimes - 9 months
Get ready to worship at the altar of Gillian Anderson. “The X-Files” actress has been cast as a New God on the upcoming Starz adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods.” According to a statement released by the network Friday, Anderson, best known for her work as Dana Scully on ’90s sci-fi classic...
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Reviving Blanche DuBois in Brooklyn
Wall Street Journal - 10 months
Gillian Anderson, who stars as Blanche DuBois in “A Streetcar Named Desire,” talks about the play’s pull on her and her penchant for playing damaged people.
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"SOLD" brings brutality of child sex slavery to screen
Reuters.com - 11 months
NEW YORK, April 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When actress Gillian Anderson chose to appear in a new movie about a Nepali girl who is unwittingly sold by her impoverished parents to an Indian brothel, her decision had nothing to do with the part, she says.
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Gillian Anderson refutes reports that she has had work done
Fox News - about 1 year
Gillian Anderson reprised her role as Agent Dana Scully on "The X-Files" this year, and naturally, she looks a little different than she did when the show premiered back in 1993.
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Gillian Anderson: I was offered less pay for 'X-Files' reboot
CNN - about 1 year
When it comes to wage disparity between men and women in Hollywood, not even the FBI's most famous paranormal investigators are immune.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Gillian Anderson
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 47
    In 2016, Anderson was named one of World's Most Beautiful Faces of the Year by People magazine.
    More Details Hide Details In 2009, Anderson was named as one of 20 most powerful women in British theatre and was dubbed "The Honorary Brit" by Harper's Bazaar and Tiffany & Co's list. In 2010, Anderson was named Honorary Associate of The London Film School (LFS).
    In March 2016, it was reported that Anderson is one of the artists sponsoring an unaccompanied refugee minor in the "Jungle" camp in Calais.
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    During February and March 2016, Anderson held an internet charity auction benefiting Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) children's hospital in the Bloomsbury area of London.
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    In January 2016 she helped launch ILC's Reading Recovery Read Aloud campaign.
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    For International Women's Day 2016, Anderson was one of the high-profile women that signed Burma Campaign UK's pledge to end and investigate crimes of sexual violence against girls and women in Myanmar.
    More Details Hide Details Anderson is a patron of Childreach International, a London-based charity that works in partnership with local communities in the developing world to secure children's basic rights; she addressed the problem of child trafficking during the press for the Sold film that presents the issue. Anderson also supports their Taught Not Trafficked campaign that was launched in July 2014. In 2015, Anderson became a patron of the International Literacy Centre (ILC) – European home of Reading Recovery.
    In June 2016, Anderson expressed her support for the United Kingdom to remain a member of the European Union in the run-up to June's referendum on that issue.
    More Details Hide Details Anderson is an honorary spokesperson for the Neurofibromatosis (NF) Network. She often holds auctions with the profits benefiting the NF Network. Her brother Aaron died from the disease in 2011. In May 1996, Anderson addressed the United States Congress urging for more education and funding for NF research projects. She partners with Doodle 4 NF – an annual fundraiser for the NF Network. She also supported the Children with Tumours organization and the Global Genes movement, which is devoted to helping children with NF. In 2008, Anderson co-founded South African Youth Education for Sustainability (SAYes), which aids in empowering marginalised young people in South Africa through youth mentoring. The organization provides youth leaving children's homes with guidance that enables them to develop their skills, further their education, and source suitable housing in order to participate in society as independent adults.
    In June, 2016 Anderson become a patron of the Temple Legal Centre, a London-based organization that assists people through the legal process by providing them free family law advice and support.
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    In September 2016, it was announced that Anderson has joined the cast of the upcoming drama Andorra, alongside Joanna Lumley, Clive Owen and Toni Collette.
    More Details Hide Details Anderson is an avid art collector. She spent her first paycheck from the X-Files to purchase an art piece, a David Blackburn lithograph. Her collection includes work from artists such as Diane Arbus, Helen Levitt, Cindy Sherman, Francesco Clemente, Alexis Rockman and Kiki Smith. Anderson enjoys architecture and interior design; she periodically works on floor and house planning projects. She has also expressed a desire to pursue mixed media ventures in the future.
    In June 2016, it was announced that she will portray Media in American Gods – a TV series adaptation of Neil Gaiman's novel of the same name.
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    In February 2016, it was confirmed that Anderson will appear in Justin Chadwick's upcoming political thriller Official Secrets with Harrison Ford, Anthony Hopkins and Paul Bettany.
    More Details Hide Details On March 7, 2017, Anderson and the journalist–activist Jennifer Nadel will publish their self-help guide book for women, titled WE: A Manifesto for Women. The book is described as an "urgent and timely book for women, which offers a dramatically new path to fulfillment". Anderson stated that the book is a "call-out to all women around the world – and by women I include girls, transgender, anyone who identifies themselves as being intrinsically female."
    On September 13, 2016, Anderson and Rovin published The Sound of Seas; their third and final novel of The EarthEnd Saga trilogy.
    More Details Hide Details The same month, she was back portraying DSI Stella Gibson in the third series of The Fall. Anderson will portray Edwina Mountbatten in Gurinder Chadha's upcoming partition drama film Viceroy's House. In October 2015, it was revealed that Anderson will portray the role of Captain MacLaren in Star Citizens single-player component Squadron 42. Anderson will appear alongside Glenn Close and Christina Hendricks in Crooked House – a film adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel of the same name.
    From April 23, 2016 through June 4, 2016, Anderson reprised her role of Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire on stage at the new St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, NYC.
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    In January 2016, Anderson portrayed Anna Pavlovna Scherer in BBC One's television adaptation War & Peace.
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  • 2015
    Age 46
    In an interview with the Telegraph in March 2015, Anderson said that she was not closed to the idea of entering another same-sex relationship, adding: "To me a relationship is about loving another human being; their gender is irrelevant."
    More Details Hide Details Anderson self-identifies as a feminist. In an August 2014 interview with Glamour magazine, Anderson said: "I have feminist bones and when I hear things or see people react to women in certain ways I have very little tolerance." In May 2015, when asked at Dallas Comic Con if she considered herself to be a feminist icon – given the many strong female characters she portrayed – Anderson replied: "I don't necessarily consider myself to be an icon, but I do consider myself to be a feminist." Anderson has several tattoos; all of them, as she described, are in some way about "peace of mind, right mind, right action". Anderson resides in London with her three children, where she has lived since 2002. Anderson has been active in supporting numerous charity organizations, global and social causes, as well as running her own humanitarian ventures. Anderson is known to support the LGBT community, particularly youth. She supports The Trevor Project organization, focused on suicide prevention efforts among LGBTQ youth and attended three of the Trevor Project's "Cracked X-Mas" events to benefit the organization. In 2013, Anderson was made a patron of the Charles Dickens Statue Fund, and was instrumental in securing the funding for UK's first Dickens statue, located in Portsmouth, Hampshire.
    Anderson has fought and succeeded in securing equal pay with her male co-star on The X-Files in the ’90s and again in 2015, when negotiating her salary with the network.
    More Details Hide Details She has been outspoken about the ongoing issue throughout the years.
    In December 2015, Anderson and Rovin published their second novel of the The EarthEnd Saga series, A Dream of Ice.
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    In February 2015, Anderson narrated the medical documentary The Widowmaker.
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  • 2014
    Age 45
    In October 2014, Anderson published her first book, A Vision of Fire, co-authored by Jeff Rovin.
    More Details Hide Details The book is the first novel of The EarthEnd Saga trilogy and is described as "a science fiction thriller of epic proportions".
    In July 2014, Anderson gained critical acclaim for her stage performance as Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams at the Young Vic Theatre in London, for which she won the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress and received her second Laurence Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress.
    More Details Hide Details The production became the fastest-selling show in the theatre's history and the run was extended by two weeks due to the demand for tickets. In the first collaboration between the Young Vic Theatre and National Theatre Live, the show was broadcast live to over 1100 venues on 16 September 2014. Thus far, it has been screened in over 2000 venues. In February 2015, Anderson directed and starred in a short film prequel to A Streetcar Named Desire, titled The Departure, written by novelist Andrew O'Hagan and is part of the Young Vic's short film series, which is produced in collaboration with The Guardian.
    In 2014, Anderson starred in the British independent science fiction film Robot Overlords alongside Sir Ben Kingsley.
    More Details Hide Details That year, she also appeared in Jeffrey D. Brown's drama Sold, portraying Sophia, a character based on the humanitarian photographer Lisa Kristine. The film presents the issues of child trafficking and sexual slavery in India, and is based on Patricia McCormick's novel of the same name.
    In 2014, Anderson was promoted from a recurring character during the first two seasons, to a series regular for the third season.
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  • 2013
    Age 44
    Between 2013 and 2015, Anderson played Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier, Hannibal Lecter's psychiatrist, on the NBC series Hannibal.
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    In May 2013, Anderson began starring as DSI Stella Gibson in The Fall, a critically acclaimed crime drama series for BBC Two and RTÉ One.
    More Details Hide Details Anderson was praised for her portrayal of the cool, self-assured Gibson, and was nominated for several awards. She also became an executive producer for the programme from its second series.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The same year, she starred in the Canadian techno-thriller I'll Follow You Down and appeared in Mr. Morgan's Last Love with Michael Caine.
  • 2012
    Age 43
    In March 2012, Anderson told Out magazine about her past relationships with women.
    More Details Hide Details Anderson identifies as heterosexual and in an interview with the Evening Standard in December 2014, she stated: "I am an actively heterosexual woman who celebrates however people want to express their sexuality."
    She ended their relationship in 2012.
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    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.
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  • 2011
    Age 42
    She starred as Miss Havisham in a three-part BBC adaptation of Great Expectations that aired in late December 2011.
    More Details Hide Details For her portrayal in the adaptation she won the Artistic Excellence Award, was nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries and for the Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Actress.
    In August 2011, she appeared in the television miniseries Moby Dick based on Herman Melville's 1851 novel, as Elisabeth, Ahab’s wife.
    More Details Hide Details The same year, Anderson appeared as the head of MI7, Pamela Thornton, in the British comedy Johnny English Reborn.
    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.
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  • 2010
    Age 41
    In November 2010, Anderson portrayed Wallis, Duchess of Windsor in Any Human Heart – a TV adaptation of William Boyd’s novel of the same name, for which she was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress on Television.
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    In October 2010, Anderson participated in 10:10’s controversial short film, No Pressure, as part of the global warming mitigation campaign’s aim to encourage the reduction of CO2 emissions.
    More Details Hide Details In 2012, she joined Greenpeace in standing with the people of Brazil for a zero deforestation law to save the Amazon. In 2013, Anderson backed the Cheetah Conservation Fund by creating a short film together with the fund, advocating CCF's action to prevent the extinction of the cheetah. In 2013, Anderson joined the Fishlove campaign, supporting the fight against unsustainable fishing practices that harm the marine ecosystem. In October 2015, Anderson wrote a letter to the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare requesting a ban on repeat experiments on animals in toxicity tests. In November 2015, Anderson was named a friend and supporter of Positive Luxury, a company that informs consumers on brands' commitment to quality, craftsmanship, service and sustainability. In 1996, Anderson was voted the "Sexiest Woman in the World" for FHM 100 Sexiest Women poll. In 1997, she was chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. Askmen listed her at No. 6 on their Top 7: '90s Sex Symbols. In 2008, she was listed 21st in FHMs All Time 100 Sexiest Hall of Fame.
    Anderson supports tribal rights charity Survival International, an organization that champions tribal peoples around the world and in early 2010 she participated in a performance in a London stage fundraiser for its cause.
    More Details Hide Details In February 2011, Anderson narrated a short film about recent footage of an uncontacted tribe, in which the Amazon Indians were spotted from the air on the Brazil-Peru border. Anderson has said: "What comes across powerfully from this amazing footage is how healthy and confident these people appear. I hope they can be left alone – but that will only happen if the loggers are stopped." In June 2011, Anderson became an ambassador for Survival International. In September 2015, Anderson was among the artists who signed a letter calling for a new approach to conservation that would respect tribal peoples' rights. Anderson is an active member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and supports animal rights. In 2006, Anderson was honoured with PETA's Humanitarian Award for her consistent work for the organization. In October 2008, Anderson narrated for PETA a video of undercover footage from rabbit fur farms in China and France. In April 2009, Anderson sent a letter – on behalf of PETA – to every Member of the European Parliament (MEP) urging to vote in favor of the proposed directive on the protection of animals used in scientific procedures.
  • 2009
    Age 40
    Anderson has received a nomination for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress, for productions which opened in the 2009 calendar year for her portrayal of Nora.
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    She portrayed Nora in Ibsen's A Doll's House at the Donmar Warehouse in London's West End during a limited engagement which ran from May 14, 2009, until July 18, 2009.
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    In 2009, she starred in the British comedy film Boogie Woogie with Alan Cumming, Danny Huston and Stellan Skarsgård.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2008
    Age 39
    In 2008, Anderson hosted Masterpiece Theatre during the Jane Austen series; she was the first woman to host the series since it began in 1971.
    More Details Hide Details The same year, Anderson starred in the second X-Files film, The X-Files: I Want to Believe and appeared alongside Simon Pegg in the British comedy film How to Lose Friends & Alienate People.
  • 2006
    Age 37
    Anderson and former boyfriend, businessman Mark Griffiths, have two sons: Oscar, born on November 1, 2006 and Felix, born on October 15, 2008.
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    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).
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  • 2005
    Age 36
    She was nominated for a British Academy Television Award (BAFTA) for Best Actress, she also received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie, a nomination for a Golden Globe, a Satellite Award nomination, and came in second place in the Best Actress category of the 2005 BBC Drama website poll for her portrayal of Lady Dedlock in the adaptation.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details The same year she also appeared in A Cock and Bull Story with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon – a film version of the novel Tristram Shandy. In 2006, Anderson won the Broadcasting Press Guild Television and Radio Award for Best Actress for her role in Bleak House.
  • 2004
    Age 35
    On December 29, 2004, Anderson married Julian Ozanne, a documentary filmmaker, on Lamu Island, off the coast of Kenya.
    More Details Hide Details Anderson announced their separation on April 21, 2006.
    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.
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  • 2002
    Age 33
    In 2002, Anderson made her West End debut in Michael Weller's play What The Night Is For at the Comedy Theatre.
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    When The X-Files ended in 2002, she moved back to London for a complete change of pace and the opportunity to return to the stage.
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  • 2000
    Age 31
    In 2000, Anderson starred in the film The House of Mirth with Eric Stoltz – Terence Davies' adaptation of the Edith Wharton novel of the same name – for which she won critical acclaim and awards such as the British Independent Film Award for Best Actress, Village Voice Film Poll Best Lead Performance and a nomination for the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress.
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  • 1999
    Age 30
    In 1999, Anderson had a supporting role in the English-language release of Hayao Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke, where she voiced the character of Moro.
    More Details Hide Details Anderson is a fan of Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki's work. She also took part in Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    Age 29
    In 1998, she starred in the film Playing by Heart with Sean Connery, Angelina Jolie, Ellen Burstyn and Jon Stewart.
    More Details Hide Details Anderson also had a supporting role in the film The Mighty with Gena Rowlands, Harry Dean Stanton, James Gandolfini and Sharon Stone.
  • 1997
    Age 28
    Anderson and Klotz divorced in 1997.
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    In 1997, Anderson appeared in the independent film Chicago Cab.
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    In 1997, Anderson provided spoken word vocals and starred in the music video for their single “Extremis”, which was frequently aired on MTV.
    More Details Hide Details She also helped to assemble an album of electronic music, Future: A Journey Through The Electronic Underground, for Virgin Records, which won praises from European music critics.
  • 1996
    Age 27
    In 1996, Anderson narrated the television documentaries Spies Above and Why Planes Go Down.
    More Details Hide Details While hosting the BBC documentary series Future Fantastic, she became impressed by the featuring theme music of the show, by the electronic duo Hal and initiated a collaboration with them.
  • 1994
    Age 25
    Anderson married her first husband, Clyde Klotz, an X-Files assistant art director, on New Year's Day 1994, in Hawaii in a Buddhist ceremony.
    More Details Hide Details Their daughter, Piper Maru, was born on September 25, 1994. Showrunner Chris Carter, Piper's godfather, named the X-Files episode of the same name after her.
  • 1993
    Age 24
    She broke into mainstream television in 1993, with a guest appearance on the collegiate drama, Class of '96, on the fledgling Fox Network.
    More Details Hide Details As a result of her guest appearance in Class of '96, Anderson was sent the script for The X-Files at the age of 24. She decided to audition because, "for the first time in a long time, the script involved a strong, independent, intelligent woman as a lead character." Producer Chris Carter wanted to hire her, but Fox wanted someone with previous TV exposure and greater sex appeal. Fox sent in more actresses, but Carter stood by Anderson, and she was eventually cast as FBI Special Agent Dana Scully. Anderson got the part assuming it would run for 13 episodes, the standard minimum order for American TV networks. Filmed for the first five seasons in Vancouver before moving to Los Angeles, the series would run for nine seasons, and included two films, released in 1998 and 2008. During her time on The X-Files, Anderson won numerous awards for her portrayal of Special Agent Scully, including an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Series Drama, two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series and a Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television. Anderson is the first actress to win an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a SAG Award in the same year. For the role, she received a total of four Emmy nominations, four Golden Globe nominations and nine SAG nominations.
  • 1992
    Age 23
    Anderson moved to Los Angeles in 1992, spending a year auditioning.
    More Details Hide Details The same year, she appeared in her first feature-length film The Turning, starring Karen Allen and Tess Harper – the film drama is an adaptation of the play Home Fires Burning. She also did the narration for the audiobook of Anne Rice’s novel Exit to Eden. Although she had once vowed she would never do TV, being out of work for a year changed her mind. Anderson recalled: "First of all, I swore I'd never move to Los Angeles, and once I did, I swore I'd never do television. It was only after being out of work for almost a year that I began going in auditions on some stuff that I would pray that I wouldn't get because I didn't want to be involved in it."
  • 1990
    Age 21
    She began her career in Alan Ayckbourn's play Absent Friends at the Manhattan Theatre Club alongside Brenda Blethyn; for her role she won the 1990–91 Theatre World Award for "Best Newcomer".
    More Details Hide Details Her next theatrical role was in Christopher Hampton's The Philanthropist at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1986
    Age 17
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Anderson also participated in the National Theatre of Great Britain's summer program at Cornell University. To support herself financially during her student years, she worked at the Goose Island Brewpub in Chicago; after Anderson became famous, the brewery named one of their beers after her – a Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale, simply called "Gillian". Anderson is the eldest of three siblings. Her brother Aaron – who was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis – died in 2011 of a brain tumor, at the age of 30. Aaron was a DJ, a mentor and a practicing Buddhist. He was in his second year of a PhD program in Developmental Psychology at Stanford University when he was diagnosed with glioblastoma in 2008. Her sister Zoe is a ceramicist, who Anderson calls "an exceptional artist". Zoe is openly gay and is married to her partner.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1968
    Born
    Born on August 9, 1968.
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