Gillian Anderson aims to be new Helen Mirren in The Fall

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Gillian Anderson

Gillian Anderson

Gillian Anderson wants to be the new Dame Helen Mirren in BBC Two police drama 'The Fall', which she thinks holds the same "depth and complexity" of the older actress' popular show 'Prime Suspect'.

Gillian Anderson wants to be the new Dame Helen Mirren in 'The Fall'.

The former 'X Files' actress is set to star as Detective Stella Gibson in the BBC Two police drama, who will lead a hunt for a serial killer, and she believes the programme holds the same "depth and complexity" as 1990s show 'Prime Suspect', in which Mirren played Detective Jane Tennison.

She said: "I was always a fan of 'Prime Suspect' and had read other attempts at re-creating that and always found them lacking. But there was something about this that felt like it had the depth and complexity - and yet simplicity - of that series.

"I really liked Stella. And I love the way we don't really get to know who she is or what makes her tick. In good scripts, a character comes off the page and that was certainly the case with that."

The five-part series, created by Allan Cubitt, is set in Belfast, Northern Ireland, as Stella hunts for murderer Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) and Gillian found herself engrossed in research while filming the dramatic scenes, causing her to become a "hermit" in between shooting.

She added to The Sun newspaper: "I am a bit of a hermit anyway. But I become more of a hermit when I'm working than when I'm not. Even if I have a few days off, I generally just stay in my hotel room.

"That's not keeping in character, it's just keeping my mind on it and working on it."


1. peter6028 Apr 2013, 11:47am Report

Gillian Anderson was HOT in the X Files. Actually, she still looks HOT.

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