If you love Gillian Anderson’s quirky and endearing Dr. Jean Milburn in ‘Sex Education’ and you’re unfamiliar with her terrific body of work, then you need to dive right in. Anderson, who won an Emmy on Sunday, September 19 for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in ‘The Crown’, has left her mark on many TV shows in the past. Here’s our list of series in which the actor stole the show.
Gillian Anderson delivered an exceptional performance in season four of this critically acclaimed Regency-era drama. She essayed the role of the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (pictured above), successfully imitating everything from Thatcher’s walk to her tone of voice.
Creator: Peter Morgan
Cast: Gillian Anderson, Olivia Colman, Tobias Menzies, Helena Bonham Carter, Ben Daniels, Jason Watkins
Seasons: 4 (2016, 2017, 2019, 2020)
Streaming on: Netflix
An adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s science fiction novel of the same name, this series unfolds in a mysterious world where magic is real. This world is dominated by the warring Old Gods and the New Gods. In the first season of this show, Anderson played Goddess Media, the mouthpiece of the New Gods.
Creators: Bryan Fuller, Michael Green
Cast: Gillian Anderson, Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Crispin Glover, Bruce Langley
Seasons: 3 (2017, 2019, 2021)
Streaming on: Amazon Prime Video
In this hugely popular series, Gillian Anderson plays Dana Scully, an FBI agent. Along with fellow special agent Fox Mulder (David Duchovny), Dana works hard to get to the bottom of mysterious paranormal cases. Her performance won her several awards, including a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress.
Creator: Chris Carter
Cast: Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, Robert Patrick, Annabeth Gish
Seasons: 11 (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2016, 2018)
This psychological horror-thriller is based on characters and elements that feature in some of Thomas Harris’ novels. In this show, Anderson essays the role of Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier, Hannibal Lecter’s (Mads Mikkelsen) personal psychiatrist and colleague, who soon becomes fascinated by him. Creator Bryan Fuller was even remarked that “Bedelia is the smartest character on the show”.
Creator: Bryan Fuller
Cast: Gillian Anderson, Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Hettienne Park, Laurence Fishburne, Scott Thompson
Seasons: 3 (2013, 2014, 2015)
In this series, Anderson plays the role of Dr. Jean Milburn, a sex therapist whose son Otis (Asa Butterfield) sets up his own club of sorts to educate his classmates on sex and other things. Not only did her role resonate with viewers but also made her hugely popular amongst the youth.
Creator: Laurie Nunn
Cast: Gillian Anderson, Asa Butterfield, Ncuti Gatwa, Emma Mackey, Connor Swindells
Seasons: 3 (2019, 2020, 2021)
Streaming on: Netflix