Gillian Anderson has revealed she always sees her X-Files character Dana Scully as a child playing at being a detective.
The 44-year-old actress starred opposite David Duchovny in the cult hit show from 1993 to 2002 and feels like she grew up on the programme.
Gillian admitted: "For a long time, Scully felt quite childlike, and part of that was because I was a child when I started to play her and audiences got to see me grow up and grow into her. But whenever I see her, she seems like a 12-year-old pretending to be an agent."
In new BBC drama The Fall, Gillian plays police investigator Stella Gibbons, a hardened detective who has no qualms about inviting strangers she likes the look of back to her room for casual sex.
She confessed: "When I've been asked about the differences between the two of them, suddenly it occurred to me that Scully was quite square.
"She was quite prudish and always behaved correctly and wouldn't necessarily be wearing lace panties.
"In comparison Stella is quite comfortable with herself, comfortable in her skin, is a lot more feminine than Scully ever was."
:: The Fall begins on BBC One on Monday, May 13.