Today is actress Gillian Anderson’s birthday, and what better way to celebrate than to share images from her historical costume movies and TV series? She was known for so long as her role from The X-Files that I think it surprised a lot of people when she switched gears and starred in Edwardian-set The House of Mirth. Then there was a long break, and now she’s almost an expected (fabulous) presence in many historical TV miniseries! Also, Team Redhead sometimes.
The House of Mirth (2000)
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I don’t think this book works well on screen. There’s just too much social context necessary to understand WTF is going on. That being said, gooooorrrrgeous very early 1900s costumes. And Eric Stoltz.
A weird movie based on a weird book, but interesting. This is Gillian’s only (historical) costume, and it’s a lovely robe à la française.
Bleak House (2005)
I will admit to not being a huge Dickens fan, so put the word “bleak” into the title and I’m doubly out. That being said, from what I hear Gillian was perfectly cast as Lady Dedlock.
Any Human Heart (2010)
As Wallis Simpson, wife of King Edward VIII (later Duke and Duchess of Windsor). Allll the 1930s glam!
Great Expectations (2011)
Moby Dick (2011)
Cue dick jokes.
I’ve raved about Anderson’s short but impressive role in this captivating miniseries. See it! I’d love to make this costume some day (I think it’s the hair).
War & Peace (2016)
Entertainingly bad, especially for the shitty costumes; sadly Anderson’s talents are lost in this crap-show — and she gets stuck wearing what might be the shittiest of the costumes.
Viceroy’s House (coming in 2017)
She’ll be playing Lady Edwina Mountbatten, wife of the last English viceroy of India.
What’s your favorite of Gillian Anderson’s historical roles?