Name:
Gillian Anderson
Birth Date:
August 9, 1968
Birth Place:
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Height:
5' 3''
Nationality:
American
Famous for:
Her role as Dana Scully on The X-Files
Profession:
Actress
Education:
City High School in Grand Rapids, MI
BIOGRAPHY
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Dana Scully

Background:

"I love it when women come up to me and tell me I'm a positive influence on their lives and the lives of their young daughters. That's a great feeling." Gillian Anderson

Golden Globe and Emmy winner Gillian Anderson is widely recognized as the skeptic FBI Agent Dana Katherine Scully, who teams with David Duchovny's Fox Mulder, on Fox’ cult classic paranormal series “The X-Files” (1993-2002). She brought her Dana Scully character to the film The X-Files: Fight the Future (1998) and appeared in films like Chicago Cab (1998), The Mighty (1998), Playing by Heart (1998) and The House of Mirth (2000). Her upcoming films include Straightheads, The Last King of Scotland, and No One Gets Off in This Town.

The 5' 3", naturally blonde-haired and blue-eyed actress has 34C-25-35 measurements. In 1997, she was chosen as one of People magazine’s “The 50 Most Beautiful People in the World.” The wife of documentary filmmaker Julian Ozanne was once linked to actor Rodney Rowland (born on February 20, 1964; dated in 1997-1998) and actor Adrian Hughes (January 1997). She was once married to art director Errol Clyde Klotz and has one daughter.


Most Bizarre

Childhood and Family:

"I was in a relationship with a man 10 years older than me when I was 14. He was in a punk band and I used to give him cans of food from our house and buy him Big Gulps and cigarettes. I was terrible." Gillian Anderson

On August 9, 1968, Gillian Leigh Anderson was born in Chicago, Illinois, to film post-production manager Edward and computer analyst Rosemary. The oldest child of the family, Gillian has two younger siblings: sister Zoe Anderson (actress) and brother Aaron Anderson (suffers from neurofibromatosis). With her family, Gillian moved to Puerto Rico and then to Crouch End in London before moving to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she attended elementary and then high school.

As a student at City High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Gillian was voted Class Clown and Most Bizarre Girl for her reputation as a strong-willed and rebellious teenager (she pierced her nose, dyed her hair various colors, and was once arrested for gluing the locks of the school closed). Gillian then moved to Chicago to study theater at Goodman Theater School of Drama, at DePaul University. She also studied at a summer program at the National Theatre of Great Britain at Cornell University of Ithaca, in New York.

”We kept it very, very small. In fact, it was just the two of us and a Buddhist priest on the 17th hole of this golf course in Hawaii.” Gillian Anderson

On New Year's Day, 1994, in a Buddhist ceremony on a Hawaiian golf course, Gillian tied the knot with Canadian art director Errol Clyde Klotz (born in 1961; also worked as production designer on “The X-Files”). The couple welcomed daughter Piper Maru on September 25, 1994 (her godfather is “The X-Files” writer Chris Carter). Two years later, in October of 1996, Anderson and Klotz separated and finally divorced in 1997. On December 29, 2004, Gillian quietly married longtime boyfriend, former journalist and documentary filmmaker Julian Ozanne (born in 1963) on Lamu's Shella Island, off Kenya's Indian Ocean coast. They are currently living in England (August 2005).


The X-Files

Career:

"I am more spontaneous than my character." Gillian Anderson

Initially dreaming of becoming a marine Biologist, Gillian Anderson later switched to acting and got involved in community theater productions at her high school. In 1983, she performed in a high school production of “Arsenic and Old Lace” and later appeared in a production of “A Zoo Story” in 1986. Her Off-Broadway debut performance was at the Long Wharf Theater, where she was in Alan Ayckbourne's "Absent Friends," in 1991 and won a Theatre World Award for Best Performance. She followed it up with another stage breakthrough when she replaced Mary-Louise Parker in the play "The Philanthropist" in 1992.

Gillian made her feature film debut in the little-seen The Turning (1992, alongside Michael Dolan), director L.A. Puopolo's drama thriller adapted from the play "Home Fires Burning." After a guest spot in the FOX series directed by Peter Horton (of "thirtysomething" fame), "Class of '96" (1993), Gillian’s real breakout arrived. She nabbed the female lead role of the skeptic FBI agent Dana Scully on the Fox-TV cult classic sci-fi drama series "The X-Files." She played the role from 1993 to 2002, teaming with David Duchovny's Fox Mulder, investigating the strange, paranormal, and unexplained phenomena. Gillian brightly delivered intelligence, restraint and a strong note of skepticism to her character. She unsurprisingly won numerous awards, including an Emmy, Screen Actors Guild and a Golden Globe.

''The more I get comfortable with the character, the more she's becoming like me in some of her mannerisms. I'm not that much of a skeptic. I do believe in UFO's. I do believe in certain paranormal phenomena, like ESP and psycho kinesis and all that. I've always been fascinated with it and I think, on a certain level, I've just known or assumed it to be reality. In that respect, we're very different. I think that I have a tendency to get as single-minded and obsessed with my work as Dana does, but in a different way. She's a medical doctor and an FBI agent and I'm an actress.'' Gillian Anderson

While working on the long-running paranormal series “The X-Files,” Gillian also acted on the big screen. She made a cameo appearance as a big-haired, working-class girl who fights with her boyfriend, in directors Mary Cybulski and John Tintori's adaptation of Will Kern's play, the drama comedy Chicago Cab (starring Paul Dillon) and had a supporting role as an eccentric, alcoholic biker chick in Peter Chelsom's take on Rodman Philbrick's novel, the funny and poignant The Mighty (both in 1998, starring Kieran Culkin and Elden Henson). That same year, Gillian played overachiever Meredith in writer-director Willard Carroll's ensemble romantic drama comedy Playing by Heart (with Ellen Burstyn, Sean Connery, Anthony Edwards and Angelina Jolie). She also brought her Dana Scully role to the silver screen in The X-Files: Fight the Future. In the film, helmed by Rob Bowman, Gillian and David Duchovny's character teams up to fight the government over a conspiracy and finds the truth about an alien colonization on Earth. She also returned to stage, performing in “The Vagina Monologues.”

The new millennium saw Gillian Anderson star as ravishing New York socialite Lily Bart in Terence Davies' film version of Edith Wharton's novel, the romantic drama The House of Mirth (alongside Dan Aykroyd). On stage, Gillian made her West End debut with the play “What the Night Is For” (2003-2004) at the Comedy Theatre in London and then performed in “The Sweetest Swing in Baseball” (2004) at the Royal Court Theatre, in Sloane Square, London.

More recently, writer-director Pearse Elliott cast Gillian to play Tyrone McKenna's single mother in the drama The Mighty Celt, and filmmaker Michael Winterbottom gave her a cameo role in his period comedy, inspired by Laurence Sterne's novel, A Cock and Bull Story (starring Steve Coogan). On the small screen, Gillian played Lady Dedlock in a suspenseful TV series about the injustices of the 19th-century English legal system, "Bleak House" (2005). As for her upcoming projects, Gillian will star in Kevin Macdonald's film, based on the events of the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin's regime, the period drama The Last King of Scotland (also based on Giles Foden's novel), writer-director Dan Reed's thriller drama Straightheads, and Richard Kwietniowski's comedy No One Gets Off in This Town.

"Fame is complicated and definitely overrated. There are perks to it that are unfathomable. But the other aspect is there's little to no privacy at all; being anywhere at any time and knowing that somebody you cannot see is probably taking a picture of you, which has happened hundreds of times. I look around and cannot see anyone and a couple of weeks later, I see a photo of me looking around." Gillian Anderson


Awards:

  • Blockbuster Entertainment: Favorite Actress - Sci-Fi, X-Files, 1999

  • Quality Television: Best Actress in a Quality Drama Series for The X-Files, 1999

  • Aftonbladet TV Prize (Sweden): Best Foreign TV Personality – Female, 1998

  • Quality Television: Best Actress in a Quality Drama Series for The X-Files, 1998

  • Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, The X-Files, 1997

  • Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Female Actor in a Drama Series, The X-Files, 1996

  • Golden Globe: Best Actress in a TV Series (Drama), The X-Files, 1996

  • Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, The X-Files, 1997

  • Screen Actors Guild; Outstanding Female Actor in a Drama Series, The X-Files, 1995

  • Theatre World: Absent Friends, 1991

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