96 Facts About Gillian Anderson


Gillian Leigh Anderson is an American-British actress.


Gillian Anderson graduated from The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago, then moved to New York City to further her acting career.


Gillian Anderson is an honorary spokesperson for the Neurofibromatosis Network and a co-founder of South African Youth Education for Sustainability.


Gillian Anderson was appointed an honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 2016 for her services to drama.


Gillian Anderson has resided in London since 2002, after earlier years divided between the United Kingdom and the United States.


Gillian Anderson was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Rosemary "Posie" Alyce, a computer analyst, and later vice president of Neurofibromatosis Inc.


When Gillian Anderson was 11 years old, her family returned to the United States, settling in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


Gillian Anderson later said that she had always intended to return to England.


Gillian Anderson was put in therapy at the age of 14.


Gillian Anderson listened to bands such as Dead Kennedys and Skinny Puppy.


Gillian Anderson was arrested on graduation night for breaking and entering into her high school in an attempt to glue the locks of the doors.


Gillian Anderson later managed to reduce the charges to trespassing.


At an early age, Gillian Anderson was interested in marine biology, but after becoming interested in theatre during her younger years, she began acting in high school productions during her first year and later in community theatre.


Gillian Anderson participated in the National Theatre's summer program at Cornell University.


Gillian Anderson was in his second year of a PhD program in developmental psychology at Stanford University when he was diagnosed with glioblastoma in 2008.


Gillian Anderson's sister Zoe is a ceramicist, whom Anderson called "an exceptional artist".


Gillian Anderson is bidialectal and is comfortable switching between American and British accents.


Gillian Anderson moved to New York when she was 22 years old, and worked as a waitress to support herself.


Gillian Anderson moved to Los Angeles in 1992 and spent a year auditioning.


Gillian Anderson is the first actress to win an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and a SAG Award in the same year.


Gillian Anderson was the first woman to write and direct an episode of The X-Files.


Gillian Anderson provided the voice for a parody of her Scully character in "The Springfield Files", an episode of the animated comedy television series The Simpsons.


In 1996, Gillian Anderson narrated the television documentaries Spies Above and Why Planes Go Down.


In 1997, Gillian Anderson provided spoken word vocals and starred in the music video for their single "Extremis", which was frequently aired on MTV.


Gillian Anderson helped to assemble an album of electronic music, Future: A Journey Through The Electronic Underground, for Virgin Records, which won praise from European music critics.


In 1997, Gillian Anderson appeared in the independent film Chicago Cab.


Gillian Anderson had a supporting role in the film The Mighty.


In 1999, Gillian Anderson had a supporting role in the English-language release of Hayao Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke, where she voiced the character of Moro.


Gillian Anderson is a fan of Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki's work.


Gillian Anderson took part in Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues.


In 2002, Gillian Anderson made her West End debut in Michael Weller's play What The Night Is For at the Comedy Theatre.


Gillian Anderson had a starring role in the Irish film The Mighty Celt, for which she won an IFTA award for Best International Actress.


In 2006, Gillian Anderson won the Broadcasting Press Guild Television and Radio Award for Best Actress for her role in Bleak House.


Gillian Anderson was nominated for a British Academy Television Award for Best Actress, she 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.


In 2008, Gillian Anderson hosted Masterpiece Theatre during the Jane Austen series; she was the first woman to host the series since it began in 1971.


Gillian Anderson portrayed Nora in Henrik 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.


Gillian Anderson 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.


Gillian Anderson starred as Miss Havisham in a three-part BBC adaptation of Great Expectations that aired in late December 2011.


Gillian 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.


In May 2013, Gillian Anderson began starring as DSI Stella Gibson in The Fall, a critically acclaimed crime drama series for BBC Two and RTE One.


Gillian Anderson was praised for her portrayal of the cool, self-assured Gibson, and was nominated for several awards.


Gillian Anderson became an executive producer for the programme from its second series.


Between 2013 and 2015, Gillian Anderson played Dr Bedelia Du Maurier, Hannibal Lecter's psychiatrist, on the NBC series Hannibal.


In 2014, Gillian Anderson was promoted from a recurring character during the first two seasons, to a series regular for the third season.


In 2014, Gillian Anderson starred in the British independent science fiction film Robot Overlords alongside Sir Ben Kingsley.


In July 2014, Gillian 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.


Gillian Anderson won the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress and received her second Laurence Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress.


In February 2015, Gillian Anderson directed and starred in a short film prequel to A Streetcar Named Desire, titled The Departure, written by novelist Andrew O'Hagan.


In October 2014, Gillian Anderson published her first book, A Vision of Fire, co-authored with Jeff Rovin.


Gillian 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.


Gillian Anderson has always been outspoken about her struggle for equal pay in the role.


From April 23,2016, through June 4,2016, Gillian Anderson reprised her role of Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire on stage at the new St Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York City.


In February 2017, Gillian Anderson portrayed Edwina Mountbatten in Gurinder Chadha's Partition drama film Viceroy's House.


Gillian Anderson is set to portray the role of Captain MacLaren in Star Citizens single-player component Squadron 42.


From February 2,2019, through May 11,2019, Gillian Anderson portrayed Margo Channing in a stage production of All About Eve at the Noel Coward Theatre for which she received her third Laurence Olivier Award nomination.


Gillian Anderson is the second American actress to portray Thatcher in a major production.


In November 2021 Gillian Anderson voiced the cat in Robin Robin, a stop-motion short Christmas film about a bird raised by mice who is questioning where she belongs.


In March 2022, it was announced that Gillian Anderson had signed a first look deal with Netflix.


On February 7,2023, Netflix announced that Gillian Anderson had been cast as Emily Maitlis in Scoop, a film about Prince Andrew's 2019 Newsnight interview.


Gillian Anderson used her first paycheck from the X-Files to purchase a David Blackburn lithograph.


Gillian Anderson's collection includes work by artists such as Diane Arbus, Helen Levitt, Cindy Sherman, Francesco Clemente, Alexis Rockman and Kiki Smith.


Gillian Anderson enjoys architecture and interior design; she periodically works on floor and house planning projects.


Gillian Anderson has expressed a desire to pursue mixed media ventures in the future.


Gillian Anderson has several tattoos; all of them, as she described, are in some way about "peace of mind, right mind, right action".


Gillian Anderson owned an estate home in Sri Lanka from 2005 to 2012 formerly belonging to painter Justin Deraniyagala.


Gillian 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.


In March 2012, Gillian Anderson told Out magazine about her long-term relationship with a girl while in high school.


Gillian Anderson then told CBS News that she had dated other women, though most of her relationships had been with men.


Gillian Anderson has been active in supporting numerous charity organizations, global and social causes, as well as running her own humanitarian ventures.


In 2013, Gillian 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.


In June 2016, Gillian 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.


In January 2018, Gillian Anderson was given a City Lit Lifetime Fellowship Award by the adult education college City Literary Institute.


Gillian Anderson often holds auctions with the profits benefiting the Neurofibromatosis Network.


In May 1996, Gillian Anderson addressed the United States Congress urging for more education and funding for neurofibromatosis research projects.


Gillian Anderson supported the Children with Tumours organization and the Global Genes movement, which is devoted to helping children with neurofibromatosis.


In 2008, Gillian Anderson co-founded South African Youth Education for Sustainability, which helps in empowering marginalised young people in South Africa through youth mentoring.


Gillian Anderson is a member of the board of directors for Artists for a New South Africa and a campaigner for ACTSA: Action for Southern Africa.


Gillian Anderson was a patron of the Friends of Treatment Action Campaign which worked with the Treatment Action Campaign in South Africa to ensure greater access to treatment to reduce the effects of HIV and prevent new infections.


Gillian Anderson is a supporter of various women's organizations and social movements.


Gillian Anderson has been a long-time supporter of the Feminist Majority Foundation.


In 1996, Gillian Anderson became the Feminist Majority Foundation's spokesperson and participated as a team leader in the Feminist Majority Foundation's Million4Roe campaign.


Gillian Anderson participated in Eve Ensler's Vagina Monologues, including a stage performance on February 14,1999.


Gillian Anderson is a supporter of Ensler's V-Day movement aiming to end violence against women and girls.


For International Women's Day 2014, Gillian Anderson was one of the artist signatories of Amnesty International's letter to UK Prime Minister David Cameron campaigning for women's rights in Afghanistan.


In March 2015, Gillian Anderson backed the Women at the Well drop-in centre for vulnerable women in London, which is supported financially by Comic Relief.


Gillian 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.


In March 2016, it was reported that Gillian Anderson is one of the artists sponsoring an unaccompanied refugee minor in the "Jungle" camp in Calais.


In July 2017, Gillian Anderson was awarded a UCL Honorary Fellowship for her support of the International Literacy Centre's Reading Recovery program.


In February 2011, Gillian 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.


In September 2015, Gillian Anderson was among the artists who signed a letter calling for a new approach to conservation that would respect tribal peoples' rights.


In 2012, Gillian Anderson joined Greenpeace in standing with the people of Brazil for a zero-deforestation law to save the Amazon.


In November 2015, Gillian 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 2010, Gillian Anderson was named Honorary Associate of The London Film School.


In 2013, Gillian Anderson received a City Lit Lifetime Fellowship Award as recognition for the support and inspiration she provided to adult education provider City Lit and its students.


In 2016, Gillian Anderson was appointed an honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for her services to drama.


In 2021, Gillian Anderson won the Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Crown.