Celebrities in Classics is a regular feature where I highlight the classic novel adaptations my favourite actors have starred in.
WHO IS IT? Fresh from watching both The X-Files reboot and War and Peace, I can’t help thinking of all the great shows Gillian Anderson has starred in lately, including The Fall and Hannibal.
WHAT’S SO FASCINATING? Back in the 90s, Gillian Anderson as Agent Dana Scully in The X-Files was probably the ideal woman to every sci-fi geek. Extremely intelligent, tough and yet incredibly soft and feminine in her manners. Heck, even I had a crush on her. From her eyes to her voice to her elegant yet commanding presence, there has always been something special about Gillian Anderson.
FIRST ENCOUNTER: The X-Files, of course! Right from the very first episode.
FAVOURITE (CLASSICS) CHARACTER: I thought her interpretation of Miss Havisham in Great Expectations was wonderful.
CLASSIC BOOK FILMOGRAPHY
2000 ~ The House of Mirth ~ Lily Bart
2005 ~ Bleak House ~ Lady Dedlock
2011 ~ Moby Dick ~ Elizabeth
2011 ~ Great Expectations ~ Miss Havisham
2014 ~ National Theatre’s A Streetcar Named Desire ~ Blanche DuBois
2016 ~ War and Peace ~ Anna Pavlovna Scherer
To see Gillian’s full filmography, visit Wikipedia.
FUN FACT: Gillian was the first woman to host Masterpiece since the show began in 1971.
GREAT QUOTE on Miss Havisham: “There was a curiosity there for me. Also reading the scripts and appreciating the adaptation but then also going back and reading Great Expectations and kind of falling in love with her complexities. I don’t know how much of that was about falling in love with my interpretation of her, or what I was getting off the page of the script.
Have you seen Gillian Anderson in any of these adaptations? Or are you a fan of any of her TV shows?