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OTRC: Gillian Anderson to star in NBC pilot, 10 years after 'X-Files'

Exciting news for Gillian Anderson fans -- the "X-Files" actress may be returning to U.S. television.

The 44-year-old star has been cast in an NBC thriller pilot as a CEO whose daughter is snatched along with many others in a mass kidnapping, a network spokesperson confirmed to OTRC.com on Tuesday, February 26.

This marks Anderson's first U.S. TV role since she played Dana Scully on the cult series "The X-Files," which ended in 2002 after nine seasons. During the past decade, the actress has starred on several British television shows and mini-series, including "Any Human Heart," "Bleak House," "Great Expectations" and recently, "The Fall."

The new NBC project is being helmed by Rand Ravich and Far Shariat, EW reported. They are the producers behind the NBC crime show "Life," which ran from 2007 and 2009 and starred "Homeland" actor Damian Lewis.

After "The X-Files" ended, Anderson reunited with co-star David Duchovny in the 2008 film adaptation -- "The X Files: I Want to Believe." She also starred in the movies "The Last King of Scotland," "How to Lose Friends & Alienate People" and "Johnny English Reborn," which stars British actor Rowan Atkinson of "Mr. Bean" fame.

Anderson had been living in England in recent years with boyfriend Mark Griffiths and their two sons. Anderson and Griffiths broke up in August 2012 after a six-year relationship.

Anderson, who was born in Chicago, was actually raised in England and went to school there as a child.

"I feel very English until I'm in America, and then I feel very American," she told the UK newspaper The Guardian in October 2012. "I was always teased at primary school ? I was 'the yank,' even though I had a British accent. I would have thought I would feel more like an imposter now, but I don't."

"I have been in the UK for the past 10 years, but Britain has been such a through-line throughout my life because my parents still had a flat in Haringey, north London, and we used to come back in the summer," she said. "During hiatuses from 'The X-Files,' I would come back and rent a flat in London."

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