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Overview (3)

Born in Chicago, Illinois, USA
Birth NameGillian Leigh Anderson
Height 5' 3" (1.6 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Gillian Anderson was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Rosemary Alyce (Lane), a computer analyst, and Homer Edward Anderson III, who owned a film post-production company. She has English, German, and Irish ancestry.

Gillian started her career as a member of an amateur actor group while at high school. In 1987, her love of the theatre took her to the National Theatre of Great Britain Summer Acting Programme held at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. For several weeks she studied under such NT greats as Peter Chelsom, Bardy Thomas, and Michael Joyce. Afterwards, Anderson returned to the Goodman Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois where she finished her education. Her big break came with The X-Files (1993) (with David Duchovny) as Dana Scully. There, she met her future husband (Clyde Klotz), marrying on January 1st 1994. One month later, Gillian was pregnant. Her daughter, Piper Anderson, was born on the 25th September 1994. Her film career started with the movie The Turning (1992) in 1997 and, the following year, she starred in Playing by Heart (1998) with Sean Connery, Ellen Burstyn, Angelina Jolie and Dennis Quaid.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Frederik Bovendeerd <puti@newswire.gun.de>

Spouse (2)

Julian Ozanne (29 December 2004 - 24 July 2007) (divorced)
Clyde Klotz (1 January 1994 - 1 February 1997) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (48)

Chosen by "People" magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. [1997]
Says her favorite film is The Wrong Trousers (1993). [1996]
Was married to first husband Clyde Klotz on the 17th hole of a golf course in Hawaii by a Buddhist priest.
Hair is naturally blonde, it was dyed and styled into the famous bob by Malcolm Marsden, who was immortalised as the British MP in the episode "Fire".
Daughter of Edward Anderson, who owned a film post-production company, and Rosemary Anderson (née Lane), a computer analyst, she has a younger brother, Aaron, and a younger sister, Zoe Anderson.
Younger brother suffers from neurofibromatosis and she has done work to encourage government to increase funding for research.
Was voted "Most Likely to be Arrested" by her classmates in high school, and was, in fact, arrested on graduation night for trying to glue the locks shut at her high school.
In high school, was voted "Class Clown" and "Most Bizarre Girl".
Lived in London, England, from age 2 to age 11, then moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she was teased for her English accent.
Went to the Goodman Theater School of Drama at DePaul University in Chicago, where she earned a degree in fine arts. One of her classmates was Nina Siemaszko.
Gained her first real break when she replaced Mary-Louise Parker in the play "The Philanthropist."
Told The X-Files (1993) executives that she was 27 so that she would appear more credible as an FBI agent with a medical degree.
The X-Files (1993) writer, Chris Carter, is the godfather of her daughter, Piper Maru.
Kept her daughter, Piper, completely hidden from the public until they both appeared in Joan Ostin's book, "Celebrity Moms" and the April 2001 issue of "In Style Magazine".
Graduated from City High School, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Piper Maru, her daughter, was the inspiration for the title of an The X-Files (1993) episode introducing the famous black oil in the series.
Engaged to photojournalist Julian Ozanne. Wedding was planned for September 2003 during a safari ceremony in Kenya, but was delayed for over a year for fears of a terrorist attack.
Standing at just 5' 3", she has to stand on an apple box to shoot many scenes in The X-Files (1993).
[December 29 2004] Married her long-term boyfriend Julian Ozanne on Lamu's Shella Island, off the coast of Kenya.
As a teen, her favorite bands included Skinny Puppy and Dead Kennedys.
In 2003, she won the Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers' Choice Best Actress Award for her West End debut in Michael Weller's two-hander, What the Night Is For.
Presented the best designer award at the 51st Evening Standard Theatre Awards (2005).
Is an avid art collector. Her collection includes work from such artists as Diane Arbus, Francesco Clemente and Kiki Smith.
Spent her first paycheck from The X-Files (1993) on art.
Friends with New Orleans musician/inventor Quintron.
Return to work on The X-Files (1993) 10 days after she gave birth to Piper Maru.
Parents left US for London when she was 2. The family moved back to the US when she was 11. She relocated to London again, as an adult, in 2002. As of May 2006, she still lives there with her daughter.
Of the 5 actresses nominated for an Emmy as "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie" in 2006, she was the only one who hasn't been nominated for an Oscar
Chosen by Australian men magazine Zoo weekly as one of the "Top 50 Hottest Babes Ever". [March 2006]
The Youngest actress - at the age of 29 years old in 1997 - to win an Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series since Lindsay Wagner won at the age of 28 in 1977.
Was the first woman to host Masterpiece which began in 1971.
Ranked #23 on Wizard magazine's Sexiest Women of TV list (March 2008).
Voted the "Sexiest Woman in the World" by FHM's "100 Sexiest Women" poll, 1996.
Once received an offer to appear on the cover and pose nude for Playboy. According to an interview in FHM magazine, she was offered an impressive amount of money to take off her clothes, but Gillian refused it "I turned it down. But it was very flattering" she said.
Ranked #21 in FHM's The all-time 100 Sexiest hall of fame. (December 2008).
Ranked #2 in Top Socialite's The 20 Hottest Women Of The 90's.
Ranked #6 in AskMen.com's Top 7 - '90s Sex Symbols.
Was in a relationship with Mark Griffiths from 2006 to 2012.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 26, a daughter Piper Maru Klotz (aka Piper Anderson) on September 25, 1994. Child's father is her 1st husband, Clyde Klotz.
Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 38, a son Oscar Griffiths on November 1, 2006. Child's father is her ex-boyfriend, Mark Griffiths.
Gave birth to her 3rd child at age 40, a son Felix Griffiths on October 15, 2008. Child's father is her ex-boyfriend, Mark Griffiths.
She has played the same character (Dana Scully) on three different series: The X-Files (1993), Eek!stravaganza (1992) and The Simpsons (1989).
She has English, Irish, and German ancestry.
Living in England with her husband, Julian Ozanne. [August 2005]
Starring in Rebecca Gilman's play, "The Sweetest Swing In Baseball", at the Royal Court Theatre in England. [April 2004]
Living in London with her boyfriend, Mark Griffiths and their newborn son, Oscar [November 2006]
Starring in a Zinnie Harris version of Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House", at the Donmar Warehouse Theatre in London. [May 2009]
Starring in the Young Vic's production of "A Streetcar Named Desire"[London, 2014].

Personal Quotes (16)

[about her role as Agent Scully in The X-Files (1993)] I am more spontaneous than my character . . .
[interview in "Movieline" magazine, Dec. 1998] 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.
When I think of normal, I think of mediocrity . . . and mediocrity scares the f*ck out of me!
It's easier to be myself here. I can go out wearing whatever the hell I want, no matter how ridiculous it looks. If I do that in America, people look at me like I'm insane. There are aspects of the British press which are incredibly intrusive, but then you'll go to a premiere and someone will ask permission to take a photo, and when you say, "That's enough", they'll back off. In the States, you go to a restaurant and there are people lined up outside with 8x10s of you. Or they just follow you with a video camera. I had someone deliberately rear-end my car a few years ago in L.A., and there was a video camera: they were videoing my reaction. Luckily, I was in a good mood.
I know people who are embarrassed to be American. They don't like showing their passports. It's becoming a scary place. It takes someone very brave not to be quiet, someone who doesn't mind death threats, their life being turned upside down, news cameras outside their door. There is no freedom of speech in America anymore. They are not living up to the constitution. There's so much fear in America and control.
My tendency is towards the opposite of health and taking care of myself. My natural tendency is destructive. In order not to act on that, I have to be careful. The minute I don't feel like that, if I let down my guard, I'm in trouble.
I often showed up ungroomed. It didn't occur to me. Then I'd end up at a premiere and I'd think, what are you doing? I remember being at a restaurant with a famous British actress. I knew there were paparazzi outside. My intention was to make a beeline for the car. But then, as we were walking outside, she applied lipstick. I thought, what is she doing? But her public image is very glamorous. It's a different mindset.
I don't show my face [in L.A.] very much, and so that makes it a bit more complicated for me in terms of work. They [producers] need to see you in the press, and in their face, in meetings, auditions, whatever. And as far as they're concerned, I haven't provided enough of an example of the kind of things that I can do, as an actor, for them to justify hiring me without me sitting down in front of them or having me dance around.
I don't usually like seeing things I'm in. I get really depressed afterward.
I walked in thinking, it's going to be like riding a bicycle. It wasn't. It was like riding a unicycle. I'd been trying so hard to stretch myself in other roles, and to catch myself when I did anything that remotely resembles Scully, that when I was put back in the ring with her, my brain started misfiring. in The New York Times, July 13, 2008, on how unexpectedly hard it was for her to get back in character as Scully for the movie The X Files: I Want to Believe (2008) five years after the end of the television series.]
There are a lot of things I would have done differently, but Scully wouldn't have been one of them.
[on The Fall (2013)] Tennison [Prime Suspect (1991)] certainly inspired my performance, in that she certainly had an ego and quite evident character flaws. It had been a long time since I'd read a script as good as this, and I was really impressed by how Allan [Allan Cubitt] gets into the psychology of his characters.
I never know from one day to the next whether I'm feeling outspoken or not, which wouldn't make me the most reliable spokeswoman for anything.
I don't understand technology. I don't even Tweet. I have someone in the US who does that for me; nothing personal, just work stuff.
To me a relationship is about loving another human being; their gender is irrelevant. I'm leaning towards the idea that it's time for somebody to be brave enough to ask me out. I've asked out guys in the past. I remember being in the cinema in the States and I made eye contact with a man going in. I noticed we laughed at same points and seemed to respond in the same way to the same moments. We were both with friends. I stopped and thought 'fuck this! What am I doing?' So I rushed back down the street, went up to him and said 'Would you like a coffee sometime?' We dated for six months.
I'm very headstrong in terms of how I want things to go, so I've made an effort to become more patient and compassionate. I don't have a tendency to share. Even my own assistant doesn't know what is scheduled for my week or my day.

Salary (3)

The X Files (1998) $4,000,000
Playing by Heart (1998) $60,000
Bleak House (2005) £500,000

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