Gillian Anderson—the woman perhaps best-known to American audiences as Dana Scully on The X-Files—has been spending a lot of time winning on the red carpet lately.
For most of us here on this side of the pond, Anderson’s name more or less faded from pop consciousness when the paranormal series ended in 2002—but the actress has recently returned to our screens in Hannibal and her acclaimed BBC show The Fall. (If you’ve heard of the latter, it’s likely because of her hunky costar: Christian Grey himself, Jamie Dornan.)
Just in case you don’t recognize Anderson from her X-Files days, don’t worry, it’s not just you. As Dana Scully, she had reddish hair, wore boxy suits, and was overall pretty ’90s-ized. Over the past decade, she’s been nominated for BAFTA and Olivier awards, hosted Masterpiece Theatre, and morphed into a 21st-century swan—like when she turned up in a sharply tailored, deep navy dress at a New York City screening in 2014.
Other recent slam-dunk looks? Anderson’s Nicholas Oakwell gown at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards last fall:
And this vintage Balmain couture at the BAFTAs last year:
Before the BAFTAs, Anderson attended a celebratory dinner in a black dress with a striking plunge neckline. The dramatic look was perfect for showing off a matched set of emeralds.