Last Updated: May 5, 2024
Richest CelebritiesActors
Net Worth:
$40 Million
Aug 9, 1968 (55 years old)
5 ft 2 in (1.6 m)
Actor, Voice Actor, Activist
United States of America
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Gillian Anderson is an American actress who has a net worth of $40 million. Gillian Anderson is probably most famous for playing the role of Special Agent Dana Scully on the long-running American television series "The X-Files." Outside of "The X-Files," Gillian has enjoyed a successful career in film and television.

Early Life

Gillian Anderson was born on August 9, 1968, in Chicago, Illinois. Her father, Edward Anderson, owned a film post-production company. Her parents moved to Puerto Rico for 15 months and then to London so that her father could attend the London Film School. Gillian grew up in north London's Crouch End neighborhood and attended Coleridge Primary School. She was 11 when the family returned to the United States, and they settled in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They continued to keep a flat in London and spent their summers there.

Following their move back to the States, Anderson went through a rebellious stage as a teen (petty theft, dating a much older boyfriend, and more) and was put in therapy at the age of 14. After graduating high school, Gillian attended The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1990. She participated in the National Theatre of Great Britain's summer program at Cornell University. To support herself through school, she worked at the Goose Island Brewpub in Chicago. She is bidialectal–with her English accent and background, she had trouble fitting in in the Midwest as a teenager and adopted a Midwestern accent in order to blend in. To this day, she can still shift effortlessly between her American and English accents.

Early Career

Anderson moved to New York when she was 22 and began her career in the play "Absent Friends." For her role, she won the Theatre World Award for Best Newcomer. In 1992, she moved to Los Angeles and auditioned for a year before landing her first role in the film "The Turning." She vowed never to do television work, but being out of work for a year changed her mind. She broke into mainstream TV in 1993 with a guest appearance on "Class of '96." As a result, she was sent the script for "The X-Files."

"The X-Files"

Anderson was cast as FBI Special Agent Dana Scully on the Fox science-fiction series "The X-Files." When the series began filming, she assumed that it would only run for 13 episodes. "The X-Files" debuted on September 10, 1993, and ran until May 19, 2002. During that time, "The X Files" aired 202 episodes over nine seasons on the Fox network. "The X-Files" would eventually go on to become one of the highest-rated and most profitable shows for Fox and launched both David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson's careers into A-List status. The show also spawned two feature films that performed modestly at the box office. Anderson won numerous awards for her portrayal of Scully, including an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and a SAG award all in the same year, the first actress to do so. She was also the first woman to write and direct an episode of "The X-Files." Gillian also appeared in the reboot of the "X-Files" in 2016.

"The X-Files" Salary

Gillian famously earned much less than her "X-Files" co-star David Duchovny for the show's first three seasons. She later claimed that her original contract actually required that she stand a few feet behind David in all scenes. After the show became an enormous hit, thanks in no small part to Dana Scully, Gillian was able to negotiate a deal where she would be paid equally to David in all future seasons and iterations of "The X-Files." Her salary before this deal is not known, but David earned $150,000 per episode over the first three seasons. Their equal salary from the fourth season on was $240,000 per episode. That would equate to $5.76 million per 24-episode season. That's the same as $10 million in today's dollars after adjusting for inflation.

David and Gillian each earned $4 million to star in the first "X-Files" film. They each earned an estimated $6 million for the second film.

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After "The X-Files"

After "The X-Files" ended in 2002, Anderson moved back to London for a change of pace and to return to the stage. She made her West End debut that year in "What The Night Is For" at the Comedy Theatre. In 2004, she starred in the Royal Court Theatre's production of "The Sweetest Swing in Baseball." In 2006, Gillian appeared in the BBC miniseries "Bleak House," for which she was nominated for a BAFTA and an Emmy, as well as a Golden Globe. In 2009, she appeared again on a West End stage in "A Doll's House."

In 2013, Anderson began starring as Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson in the Irish-British crime drama "The Fall" opposite Jamie Dornan. The series was critically acclaimed, and Gillian was nominated for multiple awards. She served as executive producer for the second season of the show.

Between 2013 and 2015, Anderson starred in the NBC series "Hannibal." In 2014, she gained wide acclaim for her stage performance as Blanche in "A Streetcar Named Desire" at the Young Vic Theatre in London. The production became the fastest-selling show in the theatre's history, and the run was extended by two weeks due to demand for tickets.

Anderson then went on to appear in several more stage productions and TV series, including "American Gods," "Crooked House," and "All About Eve." In January 2019, she began playing the role of Jean Milburn in the Netflix series "Sex Education." It was announced on September 7, 2019, that Gillian would portray former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the fourth season of Netflix's "The Crown."

Personal Life

Gillian Anderson has been married twice. Once to Clyde Klotz from 1994 to 1997 and a second time to Julian Ozanne from 2004 to 2007. She has three children, two of whom came from a relationship with former boyfriend Mark Griffiths–their relationship ended in 2012. Her first husband, Clyde Klotz, was an assistant art director on "The X-Files." Since 2016, she has been in a relationship with screenwriter Peter Morgan. Anderson lives in London with her three children, where she has lived since 2002.

Gillian is heavily involved in many charitable organizations and activist causes. She also runs her own humanitarian ventures. She supports the Trevor Project as well as the Feminist Majority Foundation. She is also a spokesperson for the Neurofibromatosis Network and holds auctions and benefits for the network. Her brother Aaron died from the disease in 2011. She also supports the Children with Tumours organization and the Global Genes movement. In 2008, Anderson co-founded South African Youth Education for Sustainability, which aims to empower marginalized youth in South Africa through youth mentoring. Gillian is very active in organizations that support women's rights.

Gillian Anderson Career Earnings

  • Bleak House
    $775 Thousand
  • Playing by Heart
    $60 Thousand
  • The X Files
    $4 Million
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