Gillian Anderson is celebrating her birthday today, and fans of the veteran actress weren't going to let the occasion go by without showering her with love on social media. From The X-Files to Sex Education and everything in between, Anderson seems to have the natural ability to shine in whatever role she's been given. Clearly, that hasn't been lost on her fans, as thousands of them have been hopping online to pay tribute to Anderson by expressing their admiration for the actress along with her many, many roles.

"Happy 52nd birthday to the woman who has completely stolen my heart... Gillian Anderson ma'am, you are a gem," one fan tweets directly to the actress. "Happy birthday to Gillian Anderson the queen. Now go stream Hannibal on Netflix," another says, including a photo of Anderson alongside Hannibal co-star Mads Mikkelsen. Others are paying homage to Anderson with photos of her modeling or in various movie and television roles, with one tweet summing it up nicely with an image of Anderson that simply reads, "Enough said ... Happy birthday Gillian Anderson."

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Anderson has had dozens of movie and TV roles over the course of her career, but one of her most famous roles will always be that of FBI Special Agent Dana Scully on the hit sci-fi series The X-Files. Co-starring with David Duchovny as Fox Mulder, Anderson would remain on the series for its entire duration, even when Duchovny had left the main cast towards the end. She would also play Scully in two feature movies based on the show, with one released in 1998 and the other in 2008. Much to the delight of fans of the show, Scully would reprise the role for two new seasons of The X-Files in 2016 and 2018 to help provide more closure to the character.

Of course, there are plenty of other places where fans can recognize Anderson. She has also appeared in a variety of movies, including the notable role of Lily Bart in the Terence Davies movie The House of Mirth. She has also starred in the movies The Mighty Celt, The Last King of Scotland, Shadow Dancer, Robot Overlords, and Viceroy's House. These days, she appears in the lead role of the popular Netflix series Sex Education as Jean Milburn and also played Margaret Thatcher in season 4 of The Crown. She has also had big roles in other TV shows like Hannibal, The Fall, American Gods, Crisis, War & Peace, and Bleak House.

Decades into the acting business with tons of credits and several prestigious accolades, Anderson is perhaps more popular than ever. With so much support coming in from all over the planet, there's no doubt that Anderson is one of the most beloved actresses working today. Let's hope her birthday this year is going to be the best one yet, despite all of the less than ideal circumstances for 2020. Straight from Twitter, you can check out some of the fan tributes posted to Anderson for her birthday below. Happy birthday, Gillian Anderson!

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