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Gillian Anderson, on life after the X-Files

Gillian Anderson: happier with short-term projects.

GILLIAN Anderson found fame as a sceptical alien hunter on the X-Files but her discovery of period drama, and small indie film roles have brought her real contentment. When Gillian Anderson arrives for our interview she has to take a moment before we begin. She’s moving house tomorrow and looks distinctly discombobulated. “I just need to put my mind in the zone,” she says with a polite smile. “Too many things going on.” She rests her face in her hands for a few seconds while she composes herself, takes a breath and switches on. Moving house is a stressful busines ... [Continua a leggere]


Voyager #1

Gillian Anderson’s childhood was spent in Puerto Rico, the US and England. Since then she has never lived in any one place for more than four years. No wonder she’s so elusive…

It’s a frustrating business interviewing Gillian Anderson. She turns up bang on time and alone, no entourage. She’s intelligent, articulate and unexpectedly obliging: her agent had said a photo shoot was out of the question, but after our meeting Anderson gets in touch to say she’ll do one. In fact, I like her very much. All the same, she gives little away. In recent times she has made it clear to interviewers that she has no interest in talking about the phenomenally successful TV series that made her a household name, The X-Files. Fair enough: it’s 10 years sinc ... [Continua a leggere]

The Double Life of Gillian Anderson

OUT #1

For nearly a decade, as Scully in the 'X-Files,' she was one of TV’s hottest commodities. Now, she’s remade herself in a series of demanding stage roles and smart TV dramas, such as the upcoming adaptation of 'Great Expectations.'

Photography by Roger Erickson Gillian Anderson remembers being struck by a magazine article in which a woman in her late forties escapes the constraints of marriage and motherhood for a solo vacation -- “to somewhere like Italy.” There, she finds herself at a dinner party among guests she does not know. “She decided that she wasn’t going to mention she had kids,” says Anderson in an accent that skitters pleasantly between British and American. “It was fascinating to read. It changes the energy of the conversation if people are talking about their kid ... [Continua a leggere]

Star Joins Royals In Charles Dickens Tribute

Gillian Anderson says she was "extremely privileged" to entertain Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall as part of the 200th anniversary celebrations of Charles Dickens birth. The actress , who played Miss Havisham in the BBC's recent adaptation of Great Expectations, read an extract from the novel to the royal couple as the day was marked throughout Britain. Beforehand she admitted to Sky News she was very nervous but it was something she "couldn't say no to". Following the reading, Prince Charles showed his appreciation, remarking: "How fantastic". He added: "What fun it is to be r ... [Continua a leggere]

Bleak House voted best TV Dickens adaptation

Ray Winstone and Gillian Anderson are top Dickens actors too, according to a survey

It’s almost the bicentenary of Charles Dickens’s birth and while the literati are getting themselves in a lather over which of his novels merits being called the best, TV viewers have made it clear that the BBC’s lavish version of Bleak House is the ultimate small-screen Dickens dramatisation. The Bafta-winning all-star series emerged as the favourite adaptation according to a survey of over 600 users, beating other well-known dramatisations, including Martin Chuzzlewit, David Copperfield and Hard Times, into pole position. Lionel Bart’s 196 ... [Continua a leggere]

Gillian Anderson da "X-Files" allo spettro bianco di Dickens

Sarà una favola di Charles Dickens a liberare Gillian Anderson dal fantasma di Dana Scully? Nonostante un discreto curriculum lavorativo e due film in uscita nel 2012 (Mr. Morgan's Last Love e The Curse of The Buxom Strumpet), l'attrice americana non riesce a liberarsi dal personaggio della serie cult degli anni Novanta X-Files. Per questo, dopo aver ottenuto una nomination ai premi BAFTA per il ruolo di Lady Deadlock in Casa Desolata prodotta dalla BBC nel 2005, la star di Hollywood ha accettato con entusiasmo il ruolo dello spettro bianco di Miss Havisham nella nuova mini serietelevis ... [Continua a leggere]

Gillian Anderson: From pop culture icon to costume drama queen

Gillian Anderson recently sat down with Gold Derby to talk about two of her latest projects, PBS' "Masterpiece" miniseries "Any Human Heart" co-starring Matthew MacFadyen and Tom Hollander, and the Encore miniseries "Moby Dick" win which she stars alongside William Hurt, Ethan Hawke and Donald Sutherland. Both programs are strong contenders for nominations at the upcoming Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards. In "Moby Dick," a re-imagining of the Herman Melville classic, Gillian plays Captain Ahab's heretofore little known wife Elizabeth, who until now has been little more than a foo ... [Continua a leggere]

X Files star to appear in Radio 4 play

X Files star Gillian Anderson will make her radio drama debut in a BBC Radio 4 adaptation of 84 Charing Cross Road. Anderson will feature alongside Denis Lawson in the new version of Helene Hanff's book, which will be the centrepiece of Radio 4's Christmas schedule, airing at 3.10pm on Christmas Day. Hanff's book, which was turned into a film starring Anthony Hopkins and Anne Bancroft, tells the true story of her 20-year correspondence with London bookseller Frank Doel. The pair had a blossoming romance despite never meeting, exchanging letters and gifts by post. But by the time New Yorker ... [Continua a leggere]

What the Dickens

When the long-running alien conspiracy drama The X Files ended in 2002 after nine years, its flame-haired star Gillian Anderson was at a professional crossroads. Her success on American TV, as the cool, adroit FBI special agent Dana Scully, made her a household name. Greater things should have followed. In the eyes of casting directors, however, she was a square peg in a city of round holes. "It is a particular dilemma," Anderson says. "With someone like Jennifer Aniston, who was on television for a long time playing a specific character, what she has to offer in Friends is easily translatable ... [Continua a leggere]

Fast Chat: Gillian Anderson

If you've been wondering what happened to Gillian Anderson, the actress who played Agent Scully in "The X-Files," she hasn't been abducted by aliens.The 37-year-old actress, who lived in England as a child, moved to London three years ago, where she's been pursuing a career on the West End stage and in low-budget, independent films. Smaller and prettier in person, Anderson is more outgoing and down-to-earth than Scully, but just as thoughtful. She was in New York to publicize "Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story," a new film in which she has a very small, but very funny, part. She can also ... [Continua a leggere]

Gillian Anderson on Lady Dedlock, Dana Scully and the influence of 'The X-Files'

Gillian Anderson was not eager to return to the small screen.After her hit Fox series “The X-Files” ended its run in 2002, the actress, a graduate of DePaul’s Theatre School, turned down all television offers, preferring to concentrate on film and stage work. Even though she now lives in London, Anderson nearly declined the role of the mysterious Lady Dedlock in the acclaimed BBC-Masterpiece Theatre adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic Victorian novel “Bleak House,” which debuts at 7 p.m. Sunday on WTTW-Ch. 11. But the actress took the part, she says, afte ... [Continua a leggere]

Agent Scullery

Gillian Anderson put up with fearsome monsters and Canadian winters for The X Files — then said she wouldn't do TV again. How did a BBC period drama change her mind?

Gillian Anderson's fan mail recently took on a pleading tone. Dear Gillian, implored the letters and cards from all over the world, when can we see you again on screen or on stage? Where have you been?The BBC, which wanted the 37-year-old actress badly for a plum role in a blockbuster serial, wasn't even sure where she was. There were 85 parts to cast, pronto, and if Anderson was on another continent, ensconced within an overprotective cordon of publicists and minders, it might take too long to reach her. "We didn't believe for one second we'd be able to get through to her," says Nigel Staffor ... [Continua a leggere]



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