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GILLIAN ANDERSON was born in Chicago, Illinois. When she was two, her parents moved their family to London where she spent the next nine years of her childhood. Eventually they moved back to the United States and settled in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Gillian began acting in community theatre productions while in high school and then proceeded to study acting in college where she obtained her BFA degree from the prestigious Goodman Theater School at Chicago's DePaul University. Upon acquiring her degree, Gillian headed off to New York, at the age of 22, to pursue her career in acting.

She performed in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of Alan Ayckbourn's Absent Friends, for which she won a Theatre World Award in 1991. In addition she also appeared in Christopher Hampton's The Philanthropist, at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, CT. It wasn't long before she finally decided to relocate to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television.

In September of 1993 she auditioned for a pilot for Fox called The X-Files. It was for the role of Dana Scully. This role would jump start her career and win her much approval and worldwide recognition. Through the next nine years, her portrayal of Dana Scully offered her countless nominations, as well as two Screen Actors Guild Awards®, one Emmy®, and one Golden Globe® for Best Actress in a Drama Series. In 1998, she carried her role of Dana Scully over into the motion picture adaptation of the show. In 1999 she made The X-Files history by becoming the first woman to write and direct an episode of the series entitled All Thing”.

Gillian's other feature film credits include the Miramax features, The Mighty, starring Kieran Culkin, as well as 1998's Playing By Heart, alongside fellow cast members Ellen Burstyn, Sean Connery, Angelina Jolie, and Madeleine Stowe among others. 

House of Mirth, directed by Terrence Davies, was released in December 2000. The film was listed among the Top 10 films of the year 2000 by critics from Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Newsday, New York Daily News, The Village Voice, and the New York Press. For her portrayal of Lily Bart, Gillian won the British Independent Film Award for Best Actress and the Best Performance Award from the Village Voice Film Critic's Poll.

Gillian was able to pick up an Audience Award at the IFTA Awards for her role starring alongside Robert Carlyle in the popular film The Mighty Celt, directed and written by Pearse Elliot. Also, Gillian had a cameo role in the hailed comedy, Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, which gained rave reviews here and overseas.

Charles Dickens' classic was brought back to life in the BBC miniseries Bleak House, where Gillian Anderson starred as the cold Lady Dedlock. A critically acclaimed performance by Gillian earned her a nomination for Best Actress at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTAs) for 2006.

Gillian recently starred in the Oscar®-winning The Last King of Scotland, directed by Kevin MacDonald and starring Forest Whitaker. Gillian has several projects scheduled to begin production later this year including a film version of The X-Files, which will see Mulder and Scully reunited, Boogie Woogie and Smell of Apples.

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