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What's Up With The Accent, Gillian Anderson?

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Well, this is certainly odd!

American-born actress Gillian Anderson was recently nominated for a BAFTA Television Award for her role as Wallis Simpson in Any Human Heart, and strangely enough, spoke with an English accent for the majority of the ceremony!

Check out a clip (above)!

Apparently, she's lived in London for the past few years, as well as a significant portion of her childhood, so we're not really sure whether or not she's deliberately putting it on! Maybe it was a joke?

Personally, we can't take her seriously unless she's got her Scully voice on! LOLz!

What do U think?? Was Gillian doing her best Madonna and Gwyneth??

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32 comments to “What's Up With The Accent, Gillian Anderson?”



  1. 1

    but wallis simpson was american…?



  2. 2

    This is quite possibly your STUPIDEST post I've ever seen on this site Perez. I had to register just so I could comment on it. Gillian was born and raised in the UK. That accent is her REAL accent. The american accent she used when she played Scully was the FAKE one. Get your facts together before you try and railroad a celeb over something as stupid as this.



  3. 3

    still far better than anne hathaway's english accent attempts. her upcoming film doesn't differ EITHER (said ala bridget jones). she is the worst actor to do a british accent EVER lol



  4. 4

    Gillian spent a lot of her childhood in England, and spoke with an English accent when she returned to the states as a teenager.



  5. 5

    Haha, too cute. She is an American, but she has grown up in England and her children are British- so the accent isnt fake.
    She speaks with an American accent when she does interviews in the states, but normally speaks with a British accent. Confused? Nah… she's just versatile. :)



  6. 6

    What BenMused said. I literally made an account just to point out how stupid this post is. She's American born, but UK raised you asshat. You said yourself that she lived there for a significant part of her childhood (from just before 2 until she was a pre-teen) and thus that accent is her original accent. Someone needs to employ a fact checker before attempting to drag someone through the mud based on an accent alone.



  7. 7

    She is adorable. Love love love her.



  8. 8

    that's so right as in for example Vivian Leigh had an indian/english accent when she played Scarlett O'hara in Gone With The Wind so had to fake the Georgia Twang she used in the film but on the Other Hand when Joanne Woodward played Clara Varner in The Long Hot summer 18 years later she didn't have to fake the accent because she was born in Georgia & raised in Georgia and South Carolina and even though she's lived in Conneticuit for 51 years she's still got that adorable southern accent



  9. 9

    You weren't saying anything when Lady Gaga started developing a weird accent…



  10. 10

    Also, she's been living in the UK for several years. I grew up in the NE, but have been living in the southern part of the US for a few years now, and my accent has changed drastically. Your voice changes based on where you are and who you interact with, obviously she grew up there and has been living there, she is going to have an accent!



  11. 11

    Not really a surprise her accent is a bit mixed and changeable. Spending a lot of time in different places does that to a person, especially if the different places have such distinctively different accents. It can seem more English when in England too - sort of like when I go home - I seem to re-acquire my hometown accent as soon as my plane touches tarmac there but no sooner am I back in Glasgow than its gone again.



  12. 12

    Actually Gillian was born in England, if I remember correctly and got rid of her accent for roles, the same as Kim Cattrell.
    .
    You gotta do your homework, Perez, or who every is running this site now.



  13. 13

    It is her normal accent (albeit sounds like the voice of a pre-teen)…I didn't believe it at first, but there are people in London who genuinely speak like this.

  14. j.no says – reply to this


    14

    Dude, you seriously have issues. Are you too busy selling out to the cult of Gaga that you couldn't take a whole 2 minutes to google Anderson and see this:

    "With her English accent and background, Anderson was mocked and felt out of place in the American Midwest and soon adopted a Midwest accent. To this day, her accent depends on her location — for instance, in an interview with Jay Leno she spoke in an American accent, but dropped it for an interview with Michael Parkinson"



  15. 15

    I also just registered because of this. Gillian IS American she was born in Illinois, spent the 1st 15mnths of her life in Puerto Rico and then her family moved to London where she spent the next 9 years until she was 11 (so this accent is her 1st).
    On returning to America she got a hard time about being 'English' because of her accent and adopted an American accent to fit in.
    After finishing the X-Files in about '01 she moved back to the UK and and has pretty much lived here since (with visits home). Her husband and kid are all British (except her 1st born Piper) - and she quickly slipped back into her English accent. It has been about a decade! For us Brits this is the Gillian we're used to hearing these days! lol
    She has said that she slips back into an american accent pretty naturally when around Americans too as she spoke with it for so long.



  16. 16

    Oh my gosh, what has happened to this site? EVERYONE knows Gillian was raised in the UK and dropped her accent for American roles. Its common knoledge when ur around certain people who speak with accents all the time or live in a different country for a long time, you tend to adopt that dialect naturally anyways, just like MAdonna did from being in the UK for many years. IT happens.

    Cant believe the lack of research on anything this site does anymore!



  17. 17

    Re: Made in Britain – Yeah, the only bit I'm puzzled by is the accent when she's playing Wallace Simpson, the rest is her normal accent.



  18. 18

    Nevermind about Gillian Anderson.

    Who in the hell is that hunk of an actor with the melting eyes she's in the scene with? prrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!



  19. 19

    I have to say, I saw her in "Bleak House" and her English Accent was amazing. I actually thought she was British.



  20. 20

    You are such a douchebag, Perez! Do you know anything? Or is it just that Harvey didn't post this on his site, so you were on your own, so all the facts are wrong? Not only do you not spell-check, you don't fact-check, either.



  21. 21

    Re: Katz22uk – How ridiculous. I don’t buy it.. no one in the US cares if someone has an English accent… more less make her feel bad for having one.. she should just figure out how she speaks and stick to it.. give me a break.. split personality much!



  22. 22

    Re: Tink66 – So you moved from a foreign country to the USA at some point in your childhood then?Because I have to assume you're speaking from experience and not just being naive. I moved to the States as an 8 year old and had myself ripped a new one on a regular basis until I lost the accent. As did the two other foreigners that started in my grade that year. My accent is just as liable to change depending on whether I am with my family, in the States or in Canada where I live now. Perez, if you bothered to do your homework, in a 1991 NY Times article about an off broadway play she was appearing in (and this was 2 years before the x files) the reporter talks about her sounding vaguely British and GA tells him that it isn't something she can control, that her accent changes depending on who she's around. Seeing as this was before she was famous she had no reason to pretend.



  23. 23

    What BenMused said.

  24. Coqi says – reply to this


    24

    Such an idiot. I have a very thick, deep southern US accent yet rid of it easily for professional reasons. Many in my professional circles are surprised to find I have it when they come to know me better and I "let my hair down."
    .
    Plus, you are just an idiot. Look your shit up.



  25. 25

    Euhm, maybe because she IS British? !!!!!



  26. 26

    what the fuck? why are actresses so fucking insane?! this is so embarrassing, it's like she had some sort of nervous breakdown or something and BAM, there she is all snooty-English-accented - SO STUPID. i feel sorry for the people around her, like her pals and shit, they must be so mortified!



  27. 27

    I didn't even watch the X Files and I know that she has a REAL English accent.

  28. Laura says – reply to this


    28

    accent is real, bleak house was great, Any Human Heart was so-so.



  29. 29

    Anderson was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Rosemary Anderson (née Lane), a computer analyst, and Edward Anderson, who owned a film post-production company. Soon after her birth, her family moved to Puerto Rico for 15 months; she then lived for five years in Roseberry Gardens, London N4, and finally for 15 months in Albany Road, London N4, so that her father could attend the London Film School. When Anderson was 11 years old, her family moved again, this time to Grand Rapids, Michigan. She attended Fountain Elementary and then City High-Middle School, a program for gifted students with a strong emphasis on the humanities; she graduated in 1986.

    With her English accent and background, Anderson was mocked and felt out of place in the American Midwest and soon adopted a Midwest accent. To this day, her accent depends on her location — for instance, in an interview with Jay Leno she spoke in an American accent, but dropped it for an interview with Michael Parkinson.



  30. 30

    Gillian Anderson is not american.



  31. 31

    lots of fail today



  32. 32

    Re: BenMused – Check your facts next time, asshole. Gillian Anderson was born in CHICAGO, not the UK. How fucking ignorant can you get?