08-09 Happy birthday to Gillian Anderson, Born: August 9, 1968.
Gillian Leigh Anderson is a film, television, and theatre actress whose credits include the roles of Special Agent Dana Scully in FOX Television’s long-running and critically acclaimed drama series The X-Files, ill-fated socialite Lily Bart in Terence Davies’ film The House of Mirth (2000), and Lady Dedlock in the successful BBC production of Charles Dickens’ Bleak House.
After beginning her career on stage, Anderson achieved international recognition for her role as FBI Special Agent Dana Scully on the American sci-fi horror drama series The X-Files for all nine seasons (1993–2002). Her film work includes The House of Mirth (2000), the dramas The Mighty Celt (2005), The Last King of Scotland (2006), Shadow Dancer (2012), Sister (2012) and two X-Files films: the science fiction-thriller The X-Files (1998) and the supernatural fiction-thriller The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008).
In 2013, Anderson was cast as serial killer Hannibal Lecter’s psychotherapist, Bedelia Du Maurier, on the psychological thriller–horror television series Hannibal. That same year, she began starring on the BBC/Netflix crime television series The Fall.
She has received five Primetime Emmy Award nominations (winning one), five Golden Globe Award nominations (winning one) and nine Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations (winning two).
Aside from film and TV, Anderson has taken on the stage and has received both awards and critical acclaim. Her stage work includes Absent Friends (for which she won a Theatre World Award for Best Newcomer), A Doll’s House and A Streetcar Named Desire (both earned her Laurence Olivier Award nominations for Best Actress).