Special Agent Dana Scully
She is dedicated to objectivity and
common sense, but still open to extreme
possibilities. Special Agent Dana Scully
is not only a medical doctor with a
specialty in forensics, but a firm believer
in reason who thinks there is a scientific
explanation behind every X-file. Against
her parents' wishes, Scully went from
medical school to Quantico, where she
taught for two years at the FBI's training
academy. From there she was assigned
to work with Fox Mulder and the X-Files,
with the strong implication that she was
to debunk them.
Over the years that they
have worked together, her trust in his
instincts and her respect for his integrity
have eroded her skepticism. She finds
her faith in a scientific and orderly
universe constantly challenged by the
cases she pursues with Mulder. Far from
being a spy for the bureaucrats who
hinder their work, Scully is a full partner
in the X-Files, focusing on assembling
the hard evidence that will prove the
truth is out there.
Now the recipient of two SAG Awards, a Golden Globe
Award, and an Emmy nomination for Best Actress in a
Drama Series, Gillian Anderson's first big break came when
she was cast in a starring role in FOX's THE X-FILES in
Earlier, Anderson had gained recognition as an actress for
her off-Broadway performance in Alan Ayckborne's
"Absent Friends" at the Manhattan Theater Club, for which
she won a Theatre World Award. She also appeared in
Christopher Hampton's "The Philanthropist" at the Long
Her love of theater began in high school, when she
participated in community theater productions.
Anderson studied with the National Theatre of Great Britain
at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., and then at the
Goodman Theater School at Chicago's DePaul University,
where she obtained her B.F.A. degree.
Anderson's feature film credits include Freak the Mighty and Hellcab.
In addition, she has recently completed production on the
first feature film version of The X-Files.
Gillian resides in both Vancouver and Los Angeles.