by Will Harris March 30, 2012
Given the perpetual seriousness of Agent Dana Scully, it should have come as a surprise to no one when Gillian Anderson made the post-X-Files decision to step into deeper dramatic waters, appearing in a London production of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House as well as television adaptations of such literary fare as Charles Dickens’ Bleak House and Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. But appearing in Johnny English Reborn? Now that was unexpected.
Anderson’s latest role, which finds her working closer to anticipated form, is Miss Havisham in Great Expectations, which airs on April 1 and 8 as part of PBS’s long-running series Masterpiece. The A.V. Club spoke with Anderson during the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, where she discussed the non-event of being the youngest actress ever to play the part, her occasional comedic efforts, and her legacy as an X-Files writer/director.