Emmy Award-winning actress Gillian Anderson won over a large number of TV fans in her role as FBI Special Agent Dana Scully on The X-Files from 1993 to 2002. During the run of the show, she won the Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a drama series in 1997, two Screen Actors Guild Awards for best performance by a female actor in a drama series in 1996 and 1997, and the 1997 Golden Globe Award for best performance by and actress in a TV dramatic series.
Gillian was born in Chicago on Aug. 9, 1968. Her family moved several times after her birth to Puerto Rico and to London, England where her father studied film production at the London School of Film Technique. Gillian went to high school in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she was voted the "Class Clown." Her mother described her as a tomboy who wanted to be a marine biologist but also showed a flair for acting. She was also a rebel who spent time in the principal's office and was sometimes made fun of for her English accent. After graduating from high school in 1986, Gillian returned to Chicago to study at the Goodman Theater School of DePaul University. Gillian graduated from DePaul with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts in 1990.