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Born in Chicago Aug. 9, 1968, Gillian Anderson developed a love for theater while attending high school in Grand Rapids, Mich. Originally planning to become a marine biologist, she shifted her career ambitions to acting after landing a few roles in community theater productions.

Relocating to the Big Apple in 1990, Anderson received acclaim for her performances in off-Broadway plays such as "Absent Friends." But her star-making role came when she was cast as FBI Agent Dana Scully in the hit Fox TV series "The X-Files," which ran nine seasons and earned Anderson several Emmy nods and a win in 1997. Among her film credits are voice work in the animated feature Princess Mononoke (1997) and an impressive turn as a biker chick (opposite Sharon Stone) in 1998's The Mighty.

For her portrayal of Lady Dedlock in the miniseries "Bleak House," Anderson racked up another Emmy nomination in 2006.

Gillian Anderson in Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke

1997 PG-13

In this anime epic from director Hayao Miyazaki, Prince Ashitaka (voiced by Billy Crudup) is infected with a lethal curse, and must travel to find a cure. On his journey, he discovers himself caught in a battle between a mining town and the animals of the surrounding forest. A girl raised by wolves (Claire Danes) leads the animals, but the forest harbors deadly supernatural powers. Critic Roger Ebert hailed the movie one of 1999's 10 best films.

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