Monday 21 September 2020

Gillian Anderson

Gillian Leigh Anderson, the American-British actress was born on 9th August 1968, in Illinois, U.S. She is the daughter of Rosemary “Posie” Alyce, a computer analyst and Homer Edward “Ed” Anderson III, owner of a film post-production company. She got interested in theatre in her teenage years and later graduated in Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago. 

Anderson did her first film The Turning in the year 1992, and made guest appearances in a number of television series, which lead her to the role of Special Agent Scully in The X-Files. Her film work includes The Last King of Scotland (2006), Shadow Dancer (2012), and two X-Files films. 

She received several awards for her works including BAFTA Awards nominations, Golden Globe and Emmy Awards. 

Gillian Anderson Religion

Anderson has English, German, and Irish ancestry. Anderson has stated that she is a spiritual person, but not on religious basis. She believes in paranormal activities, and in spirits, angels, and ghosts. She once said in an interview that she was an atheist in her teenage years, but later realised that that “there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that there is a reason for us to be here”.

Gillian Anderson Political Views

Anderson supports the Democratic Party which is different from the favour of most of the Hollywood celebrities. She had conducted campaigns for Barack Obama during the 2008 Presidential elections, and revealed that she would like to move back to U.S, so that she “want to be a part of it”.

She is active in lot of humanitarian works too. She is an ambassador of Survival International, an organization that works for tribal people. She also has narrated a documentary about the uncontacted tribes in Amazon. She has raised voice for the rights of LGBT community and works for PETA too. Also, she identifies herself as a feminist. 

Who is she dating?

The American-British actress married Clyde Klotz, an X-Files art director in January 1994, according to Buddhist traditions. They have a daughter, Piper Maru, who have an X-Files episode in her name. Later in 1997, they got separated. She married the documentary filmmaker Julian Ozanne in December 2004, but they got divorced in April 2006. 

She was in a relationship with businessman Mark Griffiths, with whom she has two sons, Oscar and Felix. The couple ended their relationship in the year 2012. Anderson identifies herself as heterosexual, and has talked about her relationship with women in an interview in 2012.

Gillian Anderson Hobbies

She is an ardent fan of artworks. She used her first paycheque from X-Files to buy an art piece, and owns a number of works of famous artists. She likes to do mixed media ventures also.

Interesting Facts

    • Anderson worked in a brewery for financial support during her student years and later when she became famous, they named one of their beers “Gillian”.

    • She is bidialectal; she can easily switch between American and English accents.

    • There is a phenomenon called as “The Scully Effect” related to the role of Anderson in X-Files, which is still a subject of academic inquiry.