Gillian Anderson: ‘People don’t want to talk X-Files. They only want to ask about Jamie Dornan’

The Fall star reveals fans have moved on from asking about playing Dana Scully for nine years to talk about her current co-star

After nine years playing Dana Scully on The X-Files Gillian Anderson appears to be pretty used to people wanting to talk to her about all things science fiction. But thanks to BBC2 crime thriller The Fall, in which Anderson plays Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson, there’s a whole other topic on the table.


“Now people don’t ever want to talk to me about The X-Files. They only want to ask about Jamie Dornan,” Anderson tells Red magazine of her co-star.

Dornan, who himself admits the role has “totally transformed” his life and career, is certainly big news right now. Not only is he returning to the role of twisted serial killer Paul Spector for the second series next month, he’s to play Christian Grey in the highly-anticipated film adaptation of E L James’s smash-hit novel Fifty Shades of Grey.

So far Anderson and Dornan’s characters haven’t actually properly met on screen, an almost meet has been about as close as it has got as Spector continues to kill. But of being on set with Dornan Anderson says:

“I’ve been surprised at how funny he is,” adding, “He’s very, very funny and good at telling stories. He’s a good mimic as well.”

Anderson has turned her hand to notably different roles during her career, including Great Expectations, Hannibal and voicing a Fairy Godmother in TV series Robot Chicken. But her part in The Fall is certainly captivating the actress.

“Who she is and everything she stands for and how she operates – I find that very compelling and I don’t feel like I have really seen that before.”


The Fall returns next month on BBC2 – read our review here.