Gillian Anderson

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Sue Lawley's castaway this week is Gillian Anderson, best known for her role as Dana Scully in The X Files. Gillian was born in Chicago, Illinois. When she was two, she moved with her parents to London. At 11, the family moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan which she found deathly dull in comparison to the big city life of London. Gillian began acting in community theatre productions while in high school and decided to study drama at the Goodman Theater School at Chicago's DePaul University. After she finished her degree, she moved to New York City to find work. She performed in a couple of plays, but then was cast as the female lead in a new science fiction TV series.

The X Files turned out to be a massive success and in September 1993, Gillian began a nine-year stint in the FOX TV series. For her role she received two Screen Actors Guild awards, an Emmy and a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama Series. In 1999 Gillian wrote and directed her own episode. In 2000, Gillian played Lily Bart in the Terence Davies' feature The House of Mirth and won the British Independent Film Award for Best Actress. This year she debuts on the West End in Michael Weller's What the Night is For.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley
Book: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Luxury: Recordings of her daughter and "her love" reading self-written stories and poetry

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45 minutes

Last on

Fri 17 Jan 2003 09:00


Role Contributor
PresenterSue Lawley
Interviewed GuestGillian Anderson
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