Gillian Anderson shocks fans by receiving her Emmy with an American accent

September 23rd, 2021

Gillian Anderson recently bagged the Emmy award for Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Crown. 

Of course, an award usually comes with an acceptance speech. In her acceptance speech, Anderson dedicated her award to Connie Freiberg, who has been her agent for 20 years. 

Since she’s not in character as Margaret Thatcher, Anderson delivered her acceptance speech in an American accent, which apparently surprised some who watched the event. 

Gillian Anderson successfully pulled off portraying Margaret Thatcher and nailed the British accent for the role, but she is in fact American, not British. 

The actress was born in Chicago, Illinois, but she grew up both in Puerto Rico and London before moving back to Chicago when she was 11 years old. Anderson moved back to London after finishing her nine-season role as FBI Special Agent Dana Scully on The X-Files. 

The Crown is not her first British TV series. She has also worked on The Fall and Sex Education. 

I guess her great acting skills plus the fact that she’s been on a lot of British TV shows recently made people forget that she’s American? Either way, it’s hilarious to see that people are surprised by her ability to smoothly switch between an American accent and a British accent. 


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