Gillian Anderson

Gillian Leigh Anderson (born August 9, 1968) is an American actress. After beginning her career in theatre, Anderson achieved international recognition for her role as Special Agent Dana Scully on the American television series The X-Files. Her film work includes The House of Mirth (2000), The Mighty Celt (2005), The Last King of Scotland (2006), and two X-Files films, The X-Files (1998) and The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008). Anderson was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Rosemary Anderson (née Lane), a computer analyst, and Edward Anderson, who owned a film post-production company.Her father was of English descent, while her mother was of Irish and German ancestry. Soon after her birth, her family moved to Puerto Rico for 15 months; her family then moved to the United Kingdom where she lived until she was 11 years old. She lived for five years in Rosebery Gardens, Crouch End, London, and for 15 months in Albany Road, Stroud Green, London, so that her father could attend the London Film School. She was a pupil of Coleridge Primary School. When Anderson was 11 years old, her family moved again, this time to Grand Rapids, Michigan. She attended Fountain Elementary and then City High-Middle School, a program for gifted students with a strong emphasis on the humanities; she graduated in 1986. Along with other actors (notably Linda Thorson and John Barrowman) Anderson is bidialectal. With her English accent and background, Anderson was mocked and felt out of ...

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A Cock and Bull Story (2005)

Steve Coogan, an arrogant actor with low self-esteem and a complicated love life, is playing the eponymous role in an adaptation of "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman" being filmed at a stately home. He constantly spars with actor Rob Brydon, who ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Winterbottom
CAST:  Steve Coogan  •  Rob Brydon  •  Keeley Hawes  •  Shirley Henderson

Steve Coogan, an arrogant actor with low self-esteem and a complicated love life, is playing the eponymous role in an adaptation of "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman" being filmed at a stately home. He constantly spars with actor Rob Brydon, who ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Winterbottom
CAST:  Steve Coogan  •  Rob Brydon  •  Keeley Hawes  •  Shirley Henderson

The Last King of Scotland (2006)

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Young Scottish doctor, Nicholas Garrigan decides it's time for an adventure after he finishes his formal education, so he decides to try his luck in Uganda, and arrives during the downfall of President Obote. General Idi Amin comes to power and asks Garrigan to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Macdonald
CAST:  Forest Whitaker  •  James McAvoy  •  Simon McBurney  •  Gillian Anderson

Young Scottish doctor, Nicholas Garrigan decides it's time for an adventure after he finishes his formal education, so he decides to try his luck in Uganda, and arrives during the downfall of President Obote. General Idi Amin comes to power and asks Garrigan to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Macdonald
CAST:  Forest Whitaker  •  James McAvoy  •  Simon McBurney  •  Gillian Anderson

The X Files (1998)

Mulder and Scully, now taken off the FBI's X Files cases, must find a way to fight the shadowy elements of the government to find out the truth about a conspiracy that might mean the alien colonization of Earth.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rob Bowman
CAST:  David Duchovny  •  Gillian Anderson  •  Martin Landau  •  Mitch Pileggi

Mulder and Scully, now taken off the FBI's X Files cases, must find a way to fight the shadowy elements of the government to find out the truth about a conspiracy that might mean the alien colonization of Earth.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rob Bowman
CAST:  David Duchovny  •  Gillian Anderson  •  Martin Landau  •  Mitch Pileggi

Playing by Heart (1998)

Eleven articulate people work through affairs of the heart in L.A. Paul produces Hannah's TV cooking show. Mark is dying of AIDS. Men have scalded Meredith so she rebuffs Trent's charm, but he persists. The trendy, prolix Joan tries to pull the solitary Keenan into ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Willard Carroll
CAST:  Dennis Quaid  •  April Grace  •  Patricia Clarkson  •  Gena Rowlands

Eleven articulate people work through affairs of the heart in L.A. Paul produces Hannah's TV cooking show. Mark is dying of AIDS. Men have scalded Meredith so she rebuffs Trent's charm, but he persists. The trendy, prolix Joan tries to pull the solitary Keenan into ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Willard Carroll
CAST:  Dennis Quaid  •  April Grace  •  Patricia Clarkson  •  Gena Rowlands

The Mighty Celt (2005)

Donal is a 14-year old who develops a passion for greyhound racing. He works in a kennel, which is owned by Good Joe. Good Joe promises Donal ownership of Donal's favorite greyhound, The Mighty Celt, if the animal wins three races in a row. Meanwhile, Donal's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pearse Elliott
CAST:  Gillian Anderson  •  Robert Carlyle  •  Tyrone McKenna  •  Ken Stott

Donal is a 14-year old who develops a passion for greyhound racing. He works in a kennel, which is owned by Good Joe. Good Joe promises Donal ownership of Donal's favorite greyhound, The Mighty Celt, if the animal wins three races in a row. Meanwhile, Donal's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pearse Elliott
CAST:  Gillian Anderson  •  Robert Carlyle  •  Tyrone McKenna  •  Ken Stott

Chicago Cab (1997)

A day in the life of a Chicago cab driver is examined as he picks up fares from the good and bad parts of the city and emotionally connects to many of his passengers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mary Cybulski  •  John Tintori
CAST:  Paul Dillon  •  Tim Gamble  •  Olivia Trevino  •  Moira Sinise

A day in the life of a Chicago cab driver is examined as he picks up fares from the good and bad parts of the city and emotionally connects to many of his passengers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mary Cybulski  •  John Tintori
CAST:  Paul Dillon  •  Tim Gamble  •  Olivia Trevino  •  Moira Sinise

Room on the Broom (2012)

Animated film based on the wonderful children's picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. The story of a kind witch who invites a surprising collection of animals to join her on her broom, much to the frustration of her cat. The ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Max Lang  •  Jan Lachauer
CAST:  Gillian Anderson  •  Timothy Spall  •  Sally Hawkins  •  Rob Brydon

Animated film based on the wonderful children's picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. The story of a kind witch who invites a surprising collection of animals to join her on her broom, much to the frustration of her cat. The ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Max Lang  •  Jan Lachauer
CAST:  Gillian Anderson  •  Timothy Spall  •  Sally Hawkins  •  Rob Brydon

I'll Follow You Down (2013)

After the disappearance of a young scientist on a business trip, his son and wife struggle to cope, only to make a bizarre discovery years later - one that may bring him home.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richie Mehta
CAST:  Gillian Anderson  •  Haley Joel Osment  •  Rufus Sewell  •  Victor Garber

After the disappearance of a young scientist on a business trip, his son and wife struggle to cope, only to make a bizarre discovery years later - one that may bring him home.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richie Mehta
CAST:  Gillian Anderson  •  Haley Joel Osment  •  Rufus Sewell  •  Victor Garber

Sister (2012)

A drama set at a Swiss ski resort and centered on a boy who supports his sister by stealing from wealthy guests.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ursula Meier
CAST:  Kacey Mottet Klein  •  Léa Seydoux  •  Martin Compston  •  Gillian Anderson

A drama set at a Swiss ski resort and centered on a boy who supports his sister by stealing from wealthy guests.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ursula Meier
CAST:  Kacey Mottet Klein  •  Léa Seydoux  •  Martin Compston  •  Gillian Anderson

Sold (2016)

Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small hut on a mountain in Nepal. When the Himalayan monsoons wash away all that remains of the family's crops, Lakshmi's father says she must leave home and take a job to support her family. He ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeffrey D. Brown
CAST:  Gillian Anderson  •  David Arquette  •  Seema Biswas  •  Tillotama Shome

Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small hut on a mountain in Nepal. When the Himalayan monsoons wash away all that remains of the family's crops, Lakshmi's father says she must leave home and take a job to support her family. He ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeffrey D. Brown
CAST:  Gillian Anderson  •  David Arquette  •  Seema Biswas  •  Tillotama Shome

Mr. Morgan's Last Love (2013)

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The film centres on a retired, widowed professor living in Paris who develops a special relationship with a younger French woman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sandra Nettelbeck
CAST:  Michael Caine  •  Clémence Poésy  •  Gillian Anderson  •  Justin Kirk

The film centres on a retired, widowed professor living in Paris who develops a special relationship with a younger French woman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sandra Nettelbeck
CAST:  Michael Caine  •  Clémence Poésy  •  Gillian Anderson  •  Justin Kirk

Shadow Dancer (2012)

Set in 1990s Belfast, a woman is forced to betray all she believes in for the sake of her son.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Marsh
CAST:  Andrea Riseborough  •  Clive Owen  •  Gillian Anderson  •  Aidan Gillen

Set in 1990s Belfast, a woman is forced to betray all she believes in for the sake of her son.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Marsh
CAST:  Andrea Riseborough  •  Clive Owen  •  Gillian Anderson  •  Aidan Gillen

Johnny English Reborn (2011)

The most prominent heads of state in the world begin gathering for a conference that could have a major impact on global politics. When MI-7 receives word that the Chinese premier has become the target of some high-powered killers, it falls on Johnny English to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Parker
CAST:  Rowan Atkinson  •  Dominic West  •  Gillian Anderson  •  Rosamund Pike

The most prominent heads of state in the world begin gathering for a conference that could have a major impact on global politics. When MI-7 receives word that the Chinese premier has become the target of some high-powered killers, it falls on Johnny English to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Parker
CAST:  Rowan Atkinson  •  Dominic West  •  Gillian Anderson  •  Rosamund Pike

Richard Rodgers: Some Enchanted Evening (2002)

This star-studded gala celebrates the centenary of the birth of legendary Broadway composer Richard Rodgers. Rodgers' contribution to musical theatre was extraordinary, including 900 published songs, 40 Broadway musicals and several film scores. Rodgers, together ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Simon Callow  •  Andy Picheta
CAST:  Ruthie Henshall  •  Dave Willetts  •  Judi Dench  •  Gillian Anderson

This star-studded gala celebrates the centenary of the birth of legendary Broadway composer Richard Rodgers. Rodgers' contribution to musical theatre was extraordinary, including 900 published songs, 40 Broadway musicals and several film scores. Rodgers, together ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Simon Callow  •  Andy Picheta
CAST:  Ruthie Henshall  •  Dave Willetts  •  Judi Dench  •  Gillian Anderson

The House of Mirth (2000)

A woman risks losing her chance of happiness with the only man she has ever loved.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terence Davies
CAST:  Gillian Anderson  •  Dan Aykroyd  •  Eleanor Bron  •  Terry Kinney

A woman risks losing her chance of happiness with the only man she has ever loved.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terence Davies
CAST:  Gillian Anderson  •  Dan Aykroyd  •  Eleanor Bron  •  Terry Kinney

How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008)

A British writer struggles to fit in at a high-profile magazine in New York.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert B. Weide
CAST:  Kelan Pannell  •  Janette Scott  •  Simon Pegg  •  Megan Fox

A British writer struggles to fit in at a high-profile magazine in New York.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert B. Weide
CAST:  Kelan Pannell  •  Janette Scott  •  Simon Pegg  •  Megan Fox

Boogie Woogie (2009)

A comedy of manners, its cast of characters devouring each other in a small world awash with big money. Set against the backdrop of contemporary London and the international art scene, it casts an eye over the appetites and morality of some of its major players. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Duncan Ward
CAST:  Gillian Anderson  •  Heather Graham  •  Amanda Seyfried  •  Alan Cumming

A comedy of manners, its cast of characters devouring each other in a small world awash with big money. Set against the backdrop of contemporary London and the international art scene, it casts an eye over the appetites and morality of some of its major players. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Duncan Ward
CAST:  Gillian Anderson  •  Heather Graham  •  Amanda Seyfried  •  Alan Cumming

The Turning (1992)

Gillian Anderson in her first ever screen role. Anderson's psycho boyfriend, Cliff, returns to his home town seething with pent-up frustration and rage. Four years earlier his family was on the verge of breaking up. Noe he's returned to put things right, fired by a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  L.A. Puopolo
CAST:  Gillian Anderson  •  Karen Allen  •  Raymond J. Barry  •  Michael Dolan

Gillian Anderson in her first ever screen role. Anderson's psycho boyfriend, Cliff, returns to his home town seething with pent-up frustration and rage. Four years earlier his family was on the verge of breaking up. Noe he's returned to put things right, fired by a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  L.A. Puopolo
CAST:  Gillian Anderson  •  Karen Allen  •  Raymond J. Barry  •  Michael Dolan

Straightheads (2007)

There is instant chemistry between Alice (Gillian Anderson), a businesswoman, and Adam (Danny Dyer), a younger working-class man who installs a security system in her London apartment. She takes him to a party in the country, and they end up making love. But the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dan Reed
CAST:  Gillian Anderson  •  Danny Dyer  •  Adam Rayner  •  Antony Byrne

There is instant chemistry between Alice (Gillian Anderson), a businesswoman, and Adam (Danny Dyer), a younger working-class man who installs a security system in her London apartment. She takes him to a party in the country, and they end up making love. But the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dan Reed
CAST:  Gillian Anderson  •  Danny Dyer  •  Adam Rayner  •  Antony Byrne

The X Files: I Want to Believe (2008)

Six years after the events of The X-Files series finale, former FBI agent Doctor Dana Scully is now a staff physician at Our Lady of Sorrows, a Catholic hospital, and treating a boy named Christian who has Sandhoff disease, a terminal brain condition. FBI agent ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chris Carter
CAST:  David Duchovny  •  Gillian Anderson  •  Amanda Peet  •  Billy Connolly

Six years after the events of The X-Files series finale, former FBI agent Doctor Dana Scully is now a staff physician at Our Lady of Sorrows, a Catholic hospital, and treating a boy named Christian who has Sandhoff disease, a terminal brain condition. FBI agent ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chris Carter
CAST:  David Duchovny  •  Gillian Anderson  •  Amanda Peet  •  Billy Connolly
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