Agent Dana Scully
Director Walter S. Skinner
Gillian Leigh Anderson
Date of Birth: August 9th,
Hospital of Birth: St. Mary of Nazareth
City of Birth: Cook
State of Birth: Illinois, USA
Clyde Klotz (divorced)
Edward & Rosemary
Zoe & Aaron
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Favorite Movie: The Wrong Trousers (1993)
Neopolitan Mastiff (Cleo)
Favorite Band: Cake, umm ... Jude maybe ...
for the moment
Favorite Drink: Decaf nonfat foamy mocha and
something about skim milk
Gillian's love for acting
began when she decided
to audition for a community
play while still attending
City High School in Grand
"Somehow, I have no idea
how the transition was
made from wanting to be
a archeologist or a marine
biologist, to wanting to be an actress, but it just kind of happened," says
As a child, Gillian showed a flair for drama but
was more of a tomboy who harbored dreams of becoming a marine Biologist than the
dream 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 flare 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 from me my
jaw just dropped."
Gillian Leigh Anderson was born in Chicago, Illinois on August 9th, 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, then later in Crouch
End, while her father Edward was studying film production at the London School
of Film Technique in Covent Garden for 2 years. Eventually the family
moved back to the States and settled in Grand Rapids. Her father now runs a film
post-production company and her mother is a computer analyst.
Before the acting bug hit, Gillian dabbled in the punk rocker scene.
"I fainted when it was inserted. My father was furious about
it," Gillian tells of her and her father's reaction of her getting a nose
ring. "I was confused," is how Gillian puts her somewhat wild
teen years. "I was arrested on graduation night for breaking and
entering into the high school," Gillian confessed in a recent interview for
TV Guide. Of course, growing up in England and then moving back to the
States was not a simple thing, as her mother recalls: "The contrast
was just incredible. Plus she missed all the friends she had grown up with
in London. And her classmates all thought she talked funny because she
didn't have an American accent. Gillian had to learn to speak like an
American for the first time in her life, just to fit in." Gillian
herself admits: "I was angry and it was my way of keeping people at a
distance." In a different interview, Gillian remembers, "I was
always off in my own little world or being sent to the principal's office for
talking back." Then the acting bug hit and, "My outlook changed, my
grades went up and I was voted 'most improved student'," Gillian says.
After graduating from City High School in 1986, Gillian studied acting at the
prestigious DePaul University's Goodman Theater and graduated with a Bachelor's
degree in Fine Arts. While attending DePaul, Gillian was selected to attend a
three-week workshop run by the National Theatre of Great Britain at Cornell in
Ithaca, NY during the summer after her freshman year. Upon obtaining her
degree, Gillian headed to New York at the age of 22 to pursue a career in
acting. Gillian's first big break came she landed a role in the off
Broadway play 'Absent Friends.' It was for her performance in this
production that Gillian won a Theater World Award in 1991. Gillian did one
more play, 'The Philanthropist,' which was performed at the Long Wharf Theater
in New Haven, Connecticut, and a low budget film starring Tess Harper and Karen
Allen called 'The Turning' before relocating to LA to pursue a career in film.
"First of all, I swore I'd never move to Los Angeles, and once I did, I
swore I'd never do television. It was only after being out of work for
almost a year that I began going in [to auditions] on some stuff that I would
pray that I wouldn't get because I didn't want to be involved in it."
In LA, Gillian landed a guest appearance in the short lived TV series 'Class of
96.' The title of the episode that she guest starred in was 'The Accused,'
and was episode number 8. In 1993, Gillian auditioned for a TV pilot on a
newly formed Fox Network called The X-Files, in which she auditioned for the
role of Special Agent Dana Scully. "I couldn't put the script
down," Gillian remembers. During the auditions, there was a bit of
behind the scenes action. The executives at Fox wanted someone with less
radiance and more sex-appeal cast in the role of Scully, but Chris Carter
insisted that Gillian had the no-nonsense integrity that the role required.
"I sort of staked my pilot and my career at the time on Gillian. I
feel vindicated everyday now," says Chris Carter about his decision to
stand firm on his choice for Scully. As luck would have it, the day
Gillian's last unemployment check arrived, she found out that she had won the
role of Agent Scully and flew straight out to Vancouver to begin shooting the
pilot. "I didn't foresee at all that it was going to become as
popular as it has. I often thought, 'What have I gotten myself into?'
The first year was the hardest in terms of getting into the grueling hours and
sleep deprivation and having to perform constantly, day in and day out,"
Gillian recalls of the first season.
Just as the show was taking off, Gillian met Clyde Klotz, the series assistant
art director at the time. "It wasn't quite love at first sight,"
Gillian says of their three-month affair. "It was Clyde's smile that
first attracted me. He was very quiet, rugged and cool, but I soon realized he
had a lot to say and that he was a very intelligent man." On New
Year's Day of 1994, Gillian and Clyde flew to Hawaii and got married on the 17th
hole of a golf course. The only other person present was the Buddhist Monk
that performed the ceremony. "We sent a letter to my mum and dad,
with a strict instruction not to open it until New Year's Day. Mum had
already met Clyde and my dad was in a good mood that day, so they were
happy," Gillian recalls about how she informed her parents about her new
spouse. Gillian was back on the set of The X-Files two days later.
Then came shocking news a few months later when Gillian found out that she was
pregnant. She already knew what she wanted to do, but concedes to
"not completely thinking ahead about the consequences of that
decision." The first person she told on the set was co-star David
Duchovny. "Part of the show's success is the audience's investment in
these characters," Chris Carter said as he again stuck by Gillian and
refused to have Scully re-cast. "It was a bit of a bombshell for them
(referring to the executives at Fox). It wasn't in my contract not to get
pregnant, but it is now," Gillian recalls.
Chris Carter then created an alien abduction that kept Gillian off-camera long
enough for labor, delivery, and a 10-day maternity leave. "My feet
were swelling and I was exhausted, sleeping between scenes," Gillian
remembers. Gillian's daughter, Piper, was delivered in September of 1994
by cesarean section, which wasn't anticipated and required her to spend the next
six days in the hospital. Four days later, Gillian was back on the set
shooting scenes for the episode 'One Breath.' "During the first
season, I didn't know who the hell I was, let alone this character was. I
feel stronger as a person in the world now. I remember, after going
through the birthing process, feeling that no cut, no abrasions, no knock on the
head will make me whine again," she commented in a recent interview.
"I can't imagine not having Piper," says Gillian, who chose Chris
Carter to be the baby's godfather. Four years, one husband, and a daughter
later, Gillian is still playing the enigmatic Special Agent Scully on the Fox
Networks biggest hits to date. The show itself has received numerous
awards and nominations, namely The Golden Globe Award for Best Drama TV Series
in 1995, and raked in 5 Emmys at the 1996 Ceremony. Gillian was honored
with a SAG Award in 1996 as Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series and was also
nominated for an Emmy in 1996 for the same category.
- 1997 has been kind to Gillian so far, as she took home the
"actor" at this year's SAG Awards as Best Lead Actress in a Drama
Series. Ms. Anderson was also honored by the Foreign Press with a Golden
Globe in the category of Best Actress in a Television Drama for 1997.
1. Who is Gillian Anderson?
Gillian Anderson is an actress primarily known for playing Special Agent Dana
Scully on the Fox Network's The X-Files. In the United States, the show was
originally on Friday nights. However, in the fall of 1996, it was moved to
Sunday night. The X-Files now airs world wide and on numerous channels. For
example, in Singapore the X-Files has been shown at various slots, and currently
the fourth season is on TCS5 at 9.30pm on Wednesdays. Reruns of earlier seasons
are also on TCS and RTM2. In the UK it airs on Sky and the BBC. For upcoming
episodes in your area there are several pages on the internet that list them;
2. What are those vital Statistics?
Most Gillian sites list these and the most complete version is on The
Gillian Anderson Web Site. Gillian is 5'2" (Scully is 5'3"),
smallish build, auburn hair, blue eyes (although they appear to change color
somewhat), cute nose, fair Complexion (slightly freckled). The GAML's best guess
at a shoe size was 7 USA. Personally, I have never had the chance to ask so I
3. What is Gillian's background?
Gillian (pronounced Jill'-ee-un), was born on August 9, 1968, in Chicago,
Illinois, to Edward and Rosemary Anderson, and is one of three children. She
lived in Puerto Rico, and then in London, (her family still owns a flat there).
At age eleven she moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she graduated from City
High in Grand Rapids in 1986. Gillian then moved to Chicago and attended the
Goodman Theater School at DePaul University (a major theater conservatory), in
Chicago, IL where she obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Gillian also
attended a summer program at the National Theater of Great Britain at Cornell
University in Ithaca, NY. She then moved to Chicago where she went to college.
Once she gained her BFA, she moved to New York, New York. where she made several
theater performances and then to Los Angeles in about '91/'92. Upon gaining the
role of Dana Scully, Gillian then relocated to Vancouver, British Columbia,
Canada, where she now resides with her daughter, Piper.
4. Is Gillian married?
Currently no. However Gillian was married to Errol Clyde Klotz, a former X-Files
crewmember. They were married on New Years Day 1994 in Hawaii. Says Gillian,
"We kept it very, very small. In fact, it was just the two of us and a
Buddhist priest on the 17th hole of this golf course in Hawaii." Gillian
and Clyde have a daughter, Piper Maru Anderson - born September 25, 1994. Piper
was born by Cesarean and it was due to Gillian's pregnancy that the producers of
the X-Files took a huge risk and had Gillian's character, Scully, abducted by
aliens. This later turned out to be a pivotal turning point in the show's
history and major part of the on going mythological episodes. Gillian missed
only one episode of the x-files ("3") while pregnant with Piper.
Recently, Ms. Anderson and Mr. Klotz separated in October of 1996. Currently
Gillian was dating Rodney Rowland.
5. What is the Gillian NF connection?
Gillian's younger brother, Aaron Anderson, was born with the genetic disorder
Neurofibromatosis. Rosemary Anderson, (Gillian's mother), runs a support group
in West Michigan for NF, and Gillian often does charity work for the non-profit
organization NF, Inc.
One recent event was the on-line auction on The
Gillian Anderson Web Site in which Gillian donated several autographed
items. This small effort raised over $6,000 (US) for the families and people
suffering from NF. For more information, and to possibly make a donation, please
go to the NF, Inc. Homepage
or The Gillian Anderson Web Site.
6. What is Gillian Anderson like?
From all reports, she is a very intelligent, hardworking, and charming woman
with an easygoing and bubbly personality (in other words, a heartbreaker to us
guys) who genuinely enjoys her work. Even though she finds the schedule of
working in a weekly show to be very stressful, you wouldn't guess it from her
consistently exemplary performances. She is also very open and honest and
possesses a quirky and charming sense of humor. Glen Morgan has referred to her
as "very smart" and Chris Carter is also impressed by how hardworking
she is (she was at work each day up until two days before her daughter's birth).
7. Does Gillian have an e-mail address?
No, Gillian does not have an e-mail address for fan mail. She does have a
computer and does keep up with her on-line presence. To send Gillian a fan
letter you must send it regular snail mail to the address listed below:
- Ms. Gillian Anderson
c/o The X-Files
20th Century Fox
10201 Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035
8. What is the deal with that movie "The Turning?"
"The Turning," was Gillian's first motion picture. It has been highly
toted as a porn flick. It is not! Gillian has a very minor role and appears in
this film for all of 10 minutes. Those expecting to see the infamous "sex
scene" will be in Gillian's own words, "sorely disappointed."
9. Did Gillian really have that nose ring and does she have a
The answer is yes on both accounts. The nose ring, though, is a totally blown
out of proportion tale as it was only there briefly. The tattoo came in 1996
while Gillian toured the South Pacific. It is on her right ankle and is a symbol
from a native group on the island where Gillian got the tattoo -it is of two
turtles. Recently Gillian added a pierced naval ring.
10. Is there a Gillian Anderson fan club?
Technically no. There is no official fan club. There are several unofficial fan
clubs for Gillian ranging from the GATB (which is closed to new members) to the
one on The Gillian Anderson Web
Site. For a complete listing of unofficial Gillian fan clubs visit The
11. Where can I find photographs of Gillian?
This answer depends greatly on where you live and how much money and time you
have. You can try S&P Parker's Movie Market at 714/376-0326 or Hollywood
Book and Poster Co. 213/465-8764. Most book stores or newsstands carry many of
the major publications Gillian has been in as do many Sci-Fi or comic book
stores in your area.
12. What are some of Gillian past works or performances and
Achievements and awards:
- The Mighty - (Loretta Lee--co-star) 1997
- Chicago Cab - (Brenda co-star) 1997
- The Simpsons (Dana Scully--guest star) 1997
- Future Fantastic (Host) 1996
- Spies in the Sky (Guest host) 1996
- Why Planes Go Down (Host) 1996
- ReBoot (Data Nully--guest star) 1996
- The X-Files (Dana Scully) 1993 - ????
- Class of '96 - (Episode #8 - "The Accused")1993
- Exit to Eden (audiocassette/Lisa Kelly) (1992)
- The Turning (aka Home Fires Burning, aka Pocahontas, Virginia) (April
- A Matter of Choice (1988)
- Three At Once (mid-eighties)
- The X-Files Movie (due out in summer '98)
- 1997 Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a TV Drama
- Screen Actor's Guild Awards 1996
- Screen Actor's Guild Awards 1997
- Golden Globe Award 1997
- Saturn Award 1997
- 1996 Emmy Nomination
- 1997 Emmy Nomination
- Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts- DePaul University's prestigious Goodman
- Theater World Award
- 1996 Golden Globe Nomination
- TV Critics Nomination 1997
- Honored by the Starlight Children's Foundation (1997)
WALTER S. SKINNER
Assistant Director Skinner is Mulder
supervisor. A former marine, he demands the best from his agents and expects
nothing less. Dealing with unorthodox cases as unusual as the X-Files, would
probably warrant unorthodox methods for solving them. But he insists all cases
are solved by the book. This creates a great deal of tension between he and
Mulder. Mulder's majority of detection methods happen to be unorthodox, but so
far he hasn't truly gotten into trouble with Skinner...yet.
The infamous Cigarette-Smoking
Man frequents Skinner's office, but you wouldn't exactly call the two
friendly. Skinner shut the X-Files section down because of "higher
orders," but reopened them without consent from above. They haven't been
closed since that time. Skinner also showed his independence when he was ordered
to render the Melissa Scully murder case inactive, but fought to keep it active.
Soon after his announcement of this fact to Dana Scully, she "bumped"
into her sister's killer, who at the time was attempting to finish his botched
job of killing Skinner.
Skinner values Mulder and Scully as two of the best agents around.
When Mulder gets in trouble, Skinner defends him against his bosses. In
"One Breath", Skinner refused to accept Mulder's resignation, because
Mulder's open-mindedness is a vast aspect of his skills.