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X-files Gillian shoots RTE serial killer drama


Gillian Anderson. Photo: AP Photo

Gillian Anderson. Photo: AP Photo

Gillian Anderson. Photo: AP Photo

TO ALL sci-fi fans, she will forever be Agent Scully in the X-Files. But now the flame-haired Gillian Anderson is set to star in a new RTE drama.


Gillian has starred in a number of high-profile roles since her days alongside Agent Mulder (David Duchovny), and is hopeful a new BBC/RTE co-production drama will be another hit.

The Fall will air on RTE 1 from May 11.

The new five-part drama is set in Northern Ireland and follows a PSNI investigation into a string of homicides.

When the PSNI is unable to close the case after 28 days, Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson (Anderson) of the Metropolitan Police Service is called in to review the situation.



Under her leadership, local detectives must track down and stop the serial killer who is terrorising Belfast.

The show features famous Irish actors, including Belfast native Jamie Doran, who plays Paul Spector, the serial killer who is terrorising the community.

Hollyoaks star and Dublin actor Emmett J Scanlan also enjoys one of his first TV roles since bowing out of the soap. He takes on the role of a detective constable assigned to the investigation.

In episode one of the drama, DSI Gibson arrives in Belfast to review the murder investigation with the killer still on the loose.

Chicago-born Gillian got her big break with the X-Files in 1993, starring alongside actor Duchovny until 2002.

Her latest role brought the actress to Northern Ireland and she found herself engrossed in research while filming the dramatic scenes, causing her to become a 'hermit' in between shooting.

"'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," she explained.

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

The series was filmed in Belfast between March and June last year.