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Wednesday 6 May 2015

Anderson: I'm pigeon-holed in US

Gillian Anderson said she is 'in a box' in America
Gillian Anderson said she is 'in a box' in America

Gillian Anderson has revealed she feels pigeon-holed in America, after starring in The X-Files.

The 44-year-old American actress found global fame and a cult following starring in the hit sci-fi series for almost 10 years, but now lives in London and has starred in a string of British dramas.

Gillian told The Reader's Digest: "Even now I'm in a box in America. I understand that. They wonder what I've been doing.

"They don't realise I'm a character actress - even though I do a lot of work.

"If I didn't feel so happy in London I'd get on a plane and try desperately to remind everyone, but they're not going to offer me a Bleak House [she played Lady Dedlock in the 2005 BBC One series] or The Crimson Petal And The White [BBC Two's adaptation of Michael Faber's epic novel, in which she played a Victorian brothel-owner]."

The actress is about to star as police detective Stella Gibson in new BBC Two drama The Fall, a crime show where the audience is shown the identity of the murderer form the beginning.

Gillian said: "I'm intrigued by Stella. She's not square like Scully [the FBI agent Gillian famously played in The X-Files] nor overbearing or mean-spirited. Ego doesn't run her show.

"She's comfortable in her own sexuality."

::Reader's Digest April issue goes on sale on March 19 2013.

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