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Gillian Anderson

Gillian Anderson

Best known for playing Dana Scully in The X-Files, Gillian showed her diversity with her acclaimed performance as Lady Dedlock in 2005’s Bleak House. Other credits include the films Playing By Heart and The House Of Mirth.

Once voted as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world, Gillian's other credits include the films Playing By Heart and The House Of Mirth.

What's she been in?

Gillian found fame as Agent Dana Scully in the hit 1990s paranormal drama The X Files, starring alongside David Duchovny who played Fox Mulder. The show proved a cult hit when it aired on BBC TWO, and was later shown on BBC ONE where it attracted an audience of over 10 million at its peak. The show, which ran for nine seasons between 1993 and 2002, spawned the catchphrase 'The Truth Is Out There'. Gillian also appeared in the 1998 X Files movie, and provided the voice of an animated version of her character in The Simpsons.

Away from The X Files, Gillian's proved a popular draw on the TV chat show circuit. She's guested on Parkinson and V Graham Norton in the UK, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman and The Rosie O'Donnell Show in the USA.

Following her success in The X Files, Gillian presented the documentary series Future Fantastic for BBC ONE in 1996, which investigated real-life tales of the paranormal.

She's also acted in London's West End. Her debut was in the two-hander play, What The Night Is For, a performance for which she won the whatsonstage.com Theatregoers' Choice Best Actress Award. In 2004, she starred in Rebecca Gilman's play, The Sweetest Swing in Baseball, which ran for two months at London's Royal Court Theatre.

Gillian's back on the BBC in November 2005, leading an all-star cast in Andrew Davies' 16-part adaptation of Bleak House. Gillian plays the icily beautiful Lady Dedlock, who nurses a dark secret from her past. Shown in the style of a soap, with two half-hour episodes per week, it also stars Charles Dance, Nathaniel Parker, Johnny Vegas, Alistair McGowan and Pauline Collins, among others.

Did you know?

According to her official website, her favourite movies are Wallace and Gromit, Out Of Africa and It's A Wonderful Life.

In an interview with the BBC in 2002, she revealed her ideal West End co-stars would be Emma Thompson, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Cate Blanchett.

She was once voted as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world.

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