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The X-Files series to The Crown, Gillian Anderson has enjoyed a long career in the spotlight. And for just about the entire time that the television star has been a household name, Anderson’s sense of style has remained classic and chic. From sultry gowns to simple menswear moments, Anderson’s red carpet looks never disappoint, and whether she’s playing a British Prime Minister or a sex positive therapist, her sense of humor remains in tact as well. In honor of her 53rd birthday, here are her best looks from 1996 to today. Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Nominated for her work on
The Crown, Gillian Anderson came to the 2021 Emmys in a unique, tasseled dress by Chloé. Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue
Anderson also wore Chloé less than a week earlier to the 2021 Met Gala, this time opting for black. She attended as a guest of the label's current designer Gabriela Hearst.
2020: EE British Academy Film Awards
Wearing a sleeveless black gown, Anderson attends the EE British Academy Film Awards 2020 at Royal Albert Hall on February 02, 2020 in London, England.
Sex Education Premiere
Gillian Anderson wore a metallic gown with puffed sleeves to the premiere of season 2 of
Sex Education in 2020.
At the Golden Globes, Anderson wore a simple yet chic white gown with an off-the-shoulder draping from Dior.
2018: Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony
Anderson shimmered in silver as she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2018.
Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage
With hair bleached blonde, Anderson wore a striking one-shoulder column gown in black to the 2018 Golden Globes.
2017: Berlinale International Film Festival
A menswear moment at the 67th Berlinale International Film Festival.
Before she would be cast as Margaret Thatcher, Anderson attended the world premiere of
The Crown in 2016 wearing a burgundy gown.
2015: Glamour Women of the Year Awards
Anderson returned to center stage as a platinum bombshell—arriving at the 2015 Glamour Women of the Year Awards in a caped gown.
Harper’s Bazaar UK Event Photo by Simon James/FilmMagic
Over in London for Harper’s Bazaar’s Women of the Year event, Anderson went for a sparkling gown.
2011: BFI London Film Festival
Refining her style with age—Anderson opted for some show-stopping earrings when dressing up a simple black gown in 2011.
The X-Files: I Want To Believe Premiere
By 2008, the red head was back to her natural color. A mother-to-be, Anderson sheathed her baby bump in a capped navy dress that set off her fiery locks.
Vanity Fair Oscar Party Evan Agostini / ImageDirect
Yes, it’s the cheeky little dress remembered around the internet. Anderson wore a column gown with an exposed thong built right in to
Vanity Fair’s 2001 Oscars after-party.
2000: Blockbuster Entertainment Awards
Some very Aughts shades made their way to Anderson’s red carpet look at the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards in 2000.
Anderson kept it glam in a dark green gown for the 1999 SAG Awards. Her matching jewelry was a refined addition to the look.
At the 56th Annual Golden Globes, Anderson arrived in a lilac gown.
The X-Files Film Premiere
The X-Files received a film treatment, Anderson arrived at the premiere’s red carpet in a bright red gown.
Anderson vamped it up in 1998—hoping to snatch her second win in a row at the Golden Globes. While she didn’t go home with the prize, her pointed neckline left a lasting impression.
The X-Files 100th Episode Celebration
Anderson went for a fuzzy casual sweater—a very ‘90s look—paired with pearls for a celebration of the 100th episode of
Later that year, Anderson swept her second win at the Emmy Awards—her train growing with her star status.
At the Golden Globe Awards in 1997, Anderson hit the carpet in a plunging nude number accessorized with arm-candy and boyfriend David Duchovny. The combo was as winning as her performance—she left with her first Golden Globe.
Anderson’s airport style was just as chic (albeit much more casual) as her red carpet looks in 1997.
In 1996, the actress also attended what was just the second annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, wearing a black velvet gown.
In 1996, Anderson—still a freshman on the red carpet— was nominated for her first Emmy award.
1995: New York Film Festival
At the New York Film Festival in 1995, newcomer Gillian Anderson seemed to intuit that someday orange would be the new black.
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