Gillian Anderson was born on 9 August, 1968 in Chicago, Illinois. She is the daughter of Rosemary, who is a computer analyst and later vice president of Neurofibromatosis. She belongs to English, German and Irish ancestory. After her birth her parents moved to Puerto Rico for 15 months, then to London. She spent her childhood in north London’s Crouch End and Haringey. She attended Coleridge Primary School. When she was 11 years old, her family again moved to United States in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Then she attended, Fountain Elementary and City High-Middle School. At early age she was interested in marine biology and she was interested in theatre during the teenage years.
She began acting in high school productions during first year and later in community theatre. She started her internship as a student at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre and School of Theatre Arts. After completion of graduation from high school ,in 1990 she attended The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago for earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She also participated in the National Theatre of Great Britain’s summer program at Cornell University. Gillian Anderson is the eldest of three siblings. Her brother Aaron, was a DJ, a mentor and practicing and Buddhist was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis – died in 2011 of a brain tumor, at the age of 30. Anderson has sister Zoe is a ceramicist.
She started her career in Alan Ayckbourn’s play Absent Friends at the Manhattan Theatre Club alongside Brenda Blethyn . For the role she won Theatre World Award for Best Newcomer. She played the role in Christopher Hampton’s The Philanthropist at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut. In year 1992, she featured in the film The Turning, co-starred with Karen Allen and Tess Harper. In 1993, she appeared as a guest on the collegiate drama- Class of 96 on the Fox Network.Anderson wrote and directed an episode of the X-Files. The X-Files one of the most popular shows on television in the 1990s, averaging 20 million viewers each week, and in 1997 Anderson won an Emmy Award for her performance.
In year 1997, she appeared in the independent film Chicago Cab.Following year, she starred in the film Playing By Heart. The following year the motion picture The X-Files: Fight the Future took in more than $30 million in its first weekend. Although the television series ended in 2002, a second movie, The X-Files: I Want to Believe, was released in 2008. She also co-starred in The X-Files:Fight the Future, a 1998 film. In 1999, Anderson got a supporting role in English language release of Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke. In year 2000, Anderson starred in movie The House of Mirth with Eric Stoltz.
For the role she won critical acclaim and awards such as the British Independent Film Award for Best Actress, Village Voice Film Poll Best Lead Performance, and a nomination for the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress.In year 2002, she moved to London after end of X-Files. Anderson made her West End debut at the Comedy Theatre in Michael Weller’s play What The Night Is For in 2002. IAnderson played artist Dana Fielding, who takes on the personality of troubled baseball player Darryl Strawberry, in the Royal Court Theatre’s production of Rebecca Gilman’s play The Sweetest Swing in Baseball in 2004.
She received wonderful reviews for her performance. In year 2005, she appeared in BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens novel Bleak House. She had a starred role in Irish film- The Mighty Celt. For her portrayal in Bleak House, Anderson earned the Broadcasting Press Guild Television and Radio Award for Best Actress in 2006. She was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Actress, as well as an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie, a Golden Globe nomination, a Satellite Award nomination, and second place in the Best Actress category of the 2005 BBC Drama website poll for her portrayal of Lady Dedlock in the adaptation. Anderson appears in two British films in 2006 and 2007: The Last King of Scotland (2006) and Straightheads (2007).
Anderson was the first woman to host Masterpiece Theatre since it began in 1971, when she hosted the Jane Austen series in 2008. In the same year, Anderson starred in The X-Files: I Want to Believe, the sequel to The X-Files, and co-starred with Simon Pegg in the British comedy How to Lose Friends and Alienate People. She played alongside Alan Cumming, Danny Huston, and Stellan Skarsgrd in the British comedy film Boogie Woogie in 2009. She played Nora in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House at the Donmar Warehouse in London’s West End from May 14 to July 18, 2009, in a limited engagement. In year 2011, she starred in BBC adaptation The Crimson Petal and the White as Mrs Castaway.
She appeared in Swiss drama film, Sister and in Shadow Dancer, a British Irish drama film. Following year she starred as DSI Stella Gibson in The Fall. In 2014, Aderson starred in the British independent science fiction film Robot Overlords alongside Sir Ben Kingsley. In year 2014, she gained acclaimed for her stage performance as Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams at the Young Vic Theatre in London. In February, 2015 she starred and directed a short film prequel to A Streetcar Named Desire, titled The Departure, written by novelist Andrew O’Hagan. Anderson’s debut book, A Vision of Fire, co-authored with Jeff Rovin, was released in October 2014.
The Earthend Saga trilogy begins with this work, which is the first in the series. “A science fiction thriller of epic proportions,” according to the publisher. A Dream of Ice, Anderson and Rovin’s second novel in the trilogy, was released in December 2015. Anderson portrayed Anna Pavlovna Scherer in BBC One’s televised rendition of War & Peace in January 2016. Anderson returned to the new St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York City, to reprise her role as Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire. The Sound of Seas, Anderson and Rovin’s third and final novel in the EarthEnd Saga trilogy, was released on September 13, 2016.
In the third series of The Fall, she reprised her role as DSU Stella Gibson in the same month. Anderson is the narrator of the English adaptation of Studio Ghibli’s anime Ronja the Robber’s Daughter, which debuted on Amazon Prime in January 2017. Anderson portrays Edwina Mountbatten in Gurinder Chadha’s Partition drama film Viceroy’s House in February 2017. (2017).She starred as goddess Media in the first season of American Gods, a television series based on Neil Gaiman’s science fiction novel of the same name, which premiered in April 2017. Anderson starred alongside Glenn Close and Christina Hendricks in Crooked House, a cinematic adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel of the same name, which was released in October 2017.
She announced in January 2018 that she would be leaving The X-Files at the end of the season. Anderson will play Captain MacLaren in the single-player component of Star Citizen, Squadron 42. She started playing Jean Milburn in the Netflix drama Jean Milburn in January 2019,Education on the subject of sex. On September 7, 2019, it was revealed that she will play Margaret Thatcher, the former British Prime Minister, in the fourth season of Netflix’s historical drama series The Crown.
She is one of the most cheerful female artist among English Actresses. Gillian Anderson’s height 5′ feet 2″ inches and she weighs 641 to 70 Kgs. She has mesmerizing grey color eyes and brown hair color.
Gillian Anderson was married to Clyde Klotz (1994-97), an art director, with whom she had a daughter. She married film director Juliane Ozanne from 2004 to 2006, and then had two kids with Mark Griffiths in a relationship that lasted until 2012. Since then, Anderson has stated that she is bisexual.
Gillian Anderson is an American actress who has a net worth of $40 million.