Biography of Gillian Anderson actress
Where gillian anderson was born
Gillian Leigh Anderson was born in Chicago, Illinois on August 9, 1968. Soon after her birth, the family relocated to Puerto Rico for 15 months and then moved to England. Gillian spent the next 9 years of her childhood growing up in London’s North End – first in Stamford Hill and later in Crouch End – while her father Edward studied film production at the London School of Film Technique in Covent Garden for 2 years. Eventually the family moved back to the U.S.A. and settled in Grand Rapids where her father ran a film post-production company and her mother worked as a computer analyst.
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When Gillian ‘s love for acting began
Gillian’s love for acting began when she decided to audition for a community play while attending City High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
“Somehow, I have no idea how the transition was made from wanting to be an archeologist or a marine biologist, to wanting to be an actress, but it just kind of happened,” says Gillian.
As a child, Gillian showed a flair for drama but was more of a tomboy who harbored dreams of becoming a Marine Biologist rather than those of movie stardom. “I loved digging up worms and cutting them up into little pieces. In the interests of science, of course!”
Her mother Rosemary recalls, “From the start Gillian had a real flair for the dramatic. That has simply always been her personality. But the first time I knew something was really up with her and acting was when she was 14 and a teacher assigned her the “Romeo And Juliet” balcony scene. Gillian had no background in Shakespeare, acting or anything remotely like it. Nobody on either side of our family had any experience with acting. Her father was interested in film production, but that had mostly been connected with industrial training films and commercials. But she studied that scene and mastered it with no effort whatever. When she performed it for me my jaw just dropped.”
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Gillian anderson award winning
Gillian Anderson is an award-winning film, television, and theatre actress whose credits include the roles of Special Agent Dana Scully in FOX Television’s long-running and critically-acclaimed drama series, “The X-Files”, ill-fated socialite Lily Bart in Terence Davies’ masterpiece “The House of Mirth” (2000), and Lady Dedlock in the very successful BBC production of Charles Dickens’ “Bleak House”.
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When Gillian Anderson won the award ‘Choice Best Actress Award’
In 2003, she won the Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers’ Choice Best Actress Award for her West End debut in Michael Weller’s two-hander “What the Night Is For”. The following year, she starred in Rebecca Gilman’s play “The Sweetest Swing in Baseball” which ran at London’s Royal Court Theatre from March 25 through May 15, 2004. From May 14 through July 18, 2009, she played Nora in a new version of Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” at the Donmar Warehouse in London. She received a Laurence Olivier Nomination for her performance. The 2010 period drama “Any Human Heart” earned her a Bafta nomination for her role as Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor whom King Edward VIII abdicated to marry. She played Miss Havisham in the award-winning BBC adaptation of “Great Expectations” in 2011 and in the summer of 2014, she was Blanche DuBois in the Young Vic’s critically-acclaimed production of “A Streetcar Named Desire”.