Gillian Anderson Bio, Age, Parents, Husband, Career, Net Worth, Movies, TV Shows

Gillian Anderson Biography

Gillian Anderson is an American British TV, theater and film actress, activist and writer who is best known for playing the role of FBI special agent Dana Scully in the popular crime investigative series The X-Files, ill-fated socialite Lily Bart in the House of Mirth (2000), sex therapist Jean Milburn in the Netflix comedy drama Sex Education and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the fourth season of Netflix drama series The Crown. Also the winner of several notable awards including primetime Emmy Award, Golden Globe Award and two Screen Actors Guild Award.


How old is Gillian Anderson? – Age

She is 53 years old as of August 2022. Gillian was born on 9th August 1968 in Chicago, Illinois, United States of America.

Gillian Anderson Height

The actress stands at a height of 5 feet 5 inches (1.65).

Who are Gillian Anderson Parents? – Family

Gillian is the daughter of Rosemary Anderson, computer analyst and later vice president of Neurofibromatosis Inc., and Edward Anderson, who owned a film post-production company. She is of English, German, and Irish ancestry. Anderson spent her childhood life in North London’s Crouch End and Haringey after them relocating in order for her father could attend the London Film School. The relocation was after 15 months of their stay at Puerto Rico. As she turned 11 years old, her family returned to the United States of America settling in Grand Rapids, Michigan. There she attended Foundation Elementary and City High-Middle School. Out of three siblings she’s the eldest. Her brother Aaron, who died in 2011 of brain tumor at the age of 30, and her sister Zoe who is a ceramicist.

Is Gillian Anderson married? – Husband

According to sources, she is currently partnered to screenwriter and dramatist Peter Morgan. Some sources also mention that Anderson did not only have one relationship but had been married twice. Gillian married her first husband, Clyde Klotz, an X-Files assistant art director, on New Year’s Day 1994. On September 25, 1994 their daughter Piper Maru was born. Later in 1997, Klotz and Gillian got divorced. Moving on to December 29, 2004, she married Julian Qzanne, a documentarian, on Lamu Island. Then later announced their separation on April 21, 2006. Also before the Actress got involved with Morgan, she dated businessman Mark Griffiths from 2006 to 2015. They had two children, sons Oscar and Felix.

Gillian Anderson Career

At the age of 22 years she worked as a waitress to support herself, them she began her career in Alan Ayckbourn’s play Absent Friends as the Manhattan Theatre Club alongside Brenda Blethyn. Anderson won the 1990-91 Theatre World Award for Best Newcomer. In 1992 after moving to Los Angeles, she appeared in her first feature-length film, The Turning, starring Karen Allen and Tess Harper. Later on in 1993, the renowned actress broke into mainstream television with a guest appearance on the collegiate drama, Class of 96, on the fledgling Fox Network. As a result of this guest appearance, Anderson was sent the script for The X-Files.

During her time on The X-Files, Gillian won numerous awards for her portrayal of Special Agent Scully, including an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in Television Series Drama, two Screen Actors Guild Awards For Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series and Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television. In 1996, she narrated the television documentaries Spies Above and Why Planes Go Down. Then in 1997, Anderson appeared in the independent film Chicago Cab. 1998, she starred in the film Playing by Heart. This was all in her 1990s.

In her 2000s, the Sex Education series Actress starred in the film The House of Mirth. She won critical acclaim and awards such as the British Independent Film Award for Best Actress, Village Voice Film Poll Best Lead Performance, and nomination for the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress. In 2004, Anderson starred in the Royal Court Theatre’s production of Rebecca Gilman’s play The Sweetest Swing in Baseball. Later in 2005, she appeared as Lady Dedlock in the BBC adaptation of Charles Dicken’s novel Bleak House. She also had a starring role in the Irish film The Mighty Celt, for which she won an IFTA award for Best International Actress. During 2006 and 2007, Lady Dedlock appeared in two British films; The Last King of Scotland and Straightheads.

She portrayed Nora in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House at the Donmar Warehouse in London’s West End during a limited engagement which ran from May 14, 2009, until July 18, 2009. Then she was able to receive a nomination for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress, for productions which opened in 2009 calendar year, for her portrayal of Nora. In November 2010, Anderson portrayed Wallis, Duchess of Windsor in Any Human Heart, and for which she was also nominated for a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress on Television. April 2011, she starred in the BBC adaptation The Crimson Petal and the White as Mrs. Castaway. Same years on August, Gillian appeared in the television miniseries Moby Dick, as Elisabeth, Ahab’s wife. In a nutshell, during her 2010s Gillian Anderson made great awards and nominations due to her ambitious and passionate role playing in all the films that she had been cast.

Also out of the acting life, she has been in supporting numerous charity organizations, global and social causes, as well as running her own humanitarian ventures. The Activist supports The Trevor Project organization, focused on suicide prevention efforts among LGBTQ youth and attended three of the Trevor Project’s events to benefit the organization.

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Gillian Anderson, American Actress

Gillian Anderson Net Worth

The American Actress has an estimated net worth of $40 million as of 2022.

Gillian Anderson Movies

  • 1986 – Three at Once
  • 1988 – A Matter of Choice
  • 1992 – The Turning
  • 1997 – Chicago Cab
  • 1998 – The X- Files
  • 1998 – The Mighty
  • 1999 – Princess Mononoke
  • 2000 – The House of Mirth
  • 2005 – The Mighty Celt
  • 2006 – The Last King of Scotland
  • 2007 – Straightheads
  • 2008 – How to Lose Friends & Alienate People
  • 2009 – Boogie Woogie
  • 2010 – No Pressure
  • 2011 – Johnny English Reborn
  • 2012 – Shadow Dancer
  • 2013 – From Up On Poppy Hill
  • 2014 – Robot Overlords
  • 2017 – Crooked House
  • 2018 – The Spy Who Dumped Me
  • 2019 – The Sunlit Night
  • 2021 – Robin Robin
  • 2022 – White Bird: A Wonder Story

Gillian Anderson TV Shows

  • 1993 – Class of 96
  • 1995 – Eek the Cat
  • 1996 – Future Fantastic
  • 1996-2002 – Hollywood Squares
  • 1997 – The Simpsons
  • 1999 – Harsh Realm
  • 2005 – Bleak House
  • 2007 – Robbie the Reindeer
  • 2008 – Masterpiece
  • 2010 – Any Human Heart
  • 2011 – Moby Dick
  • 2011 – Great Expectations
  • 2013-2016 – The Fall
  • 2014 – Crisis
  • 2015 – The Widowmaker
  • 2016 – war & Peace
  • 2017 – Ronja the Robber’s Daughter
  • 2019 – Sex Education
  • 2020 – The Crown
  • 2021 – The Great
  • 2022 – The First Lady