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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 The Fall

The Fall

2013 NR

When the Belfast police are stalled in their investigation of a spate of murders, Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson is drafted to investigate. Under her lead, the team uncovers an intricate web of lives entangled by the killings.

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