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Gillian Anderson Biography

Birth Name:
Gillian Leigh Anderson
Birth Place:
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • Wanted to be a marine biologist as a youth
  • Spent much of her childhood (ages 2 to 11) in London's North End, before her family returned to the U
  • S
  • and settled in Grand Rapids, MI
  • Studied with a National Theatre of Great Britain training class at Cornell University
  • Won a Theatre World Award in 1991 for her role in Absent Friends
  • Received her last unemployment check the same day she was cast in the pilot episode of The X-Files; was cast on the series at the insistence of show creator Chris Carter after the Fox network initially resisted hiring her
  • Wrote and directed the 2000 X-Files episode "All Things
  • " In 2009 appeared in an acclaimed version of A Doll's House in London
  • Devotes much of her free time to charities around the world

Awards

  • 2020Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2015Olivier Awards-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2001Toronto Film Critics Association-Best Actress - Runner-up: winner
  • 2000Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1999Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: nominated
  • 1999Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1999Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1998Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1998Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1998Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1998Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: nominated
  • 1997Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: winner
  • 1997Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1997Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1997Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: winner
  • 1996Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress for a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1996Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: nominated
  • 1996Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1996Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: winner
  • 1995Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: winner

Relationships

  • Aaron Anderson--Brother
  • Piper Maru Anderson--Daughter
  • Errol Clyde Klotz--Ex-husband
  • Julian Ozanne--Ex-husband
  • Mark Griffiths--Ex-significant Other
  • Edward Anderson--Father
  • Rosemary Anderson--Mother
  • Zoe Anderson--Sister
  • Felix Griffiths--Son
  • Oscar--Son