Bookshelfie: Gillian Anderson

Season 5, Episode 21,   Feb 02, 2023, 05:00 AM

Gillian Anderson is an award-winning film, television and theatre actor, producer, activist and author who rose to international fame playing FBI Special Agent Dana Scully in The X-Files. She has had countless notable roles - from Lady Dedlock in Bleak House, Margaret Thatcher in The Crown to DSU Stella Gibson in the BBC crime series The Fall,  sex therapist Jean Milburn in Sex Education and most recently Mrs Marquis in Netflix’s gothic-horror film The Pale Blue Eye with Christian Bale.

Her extensive acting accolades include an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe, plus in 2016 Anderson was appointed an honorary OBE. She’s just become a War Child ambassador and has also recently launched her own Curio podcast “What Do I Know?!”. 

Her new project, Dear Gillian - inspired by one of her book choices - is inviting letters from all women to reveal their secret fantasies, and be a part of an inclusive, intersectional new book on what it means to be a woman in the twenty first century. Head to to submit yours!

Gillian’s book choices are: 
** My Secret Garden by Nancy Friday
** Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason
** Three Women by Lisa Taddeo
** Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
** The Salt Path by Raynor Winn

Vick Hope, multi-award winning TV and BBC Radio 1 presenter, author and journalist, is the host of season five of the Women’s Prize for Fiction Podcast. Every week, Vick will be joined by another inspirational woman to discuss the work of incredible female authors. The Women’s Prize is one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world, and they continue to champion the very best books written by women.

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