The Fall's Gillian Anderson Admits She Turned Down Role In Downton Abbey

The actress has revealed that she didn't want to be far away from her family

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Whilst a whole host of celebrities would love a role in the hit ITV period drama Downton Abbey, actress Gillian Anderson has admitted that she turned down the chance to star in it.

Having become a household name for playing FBI Agent Dana Scully in the X-Files, Gillian can now be seen playing Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson in new BBC Two drama, The Fall.

However, it could have been completely different after she hinted that she had to pass up a role in Downton Abbey because she didn't want to be too far away from her family. According to the Mail Online, the actress said:

"My 18-year-old cannot believe that I would turn down Game Of Thrones or Downton — things she loves to watch. But if I am going to be spending that amount of time working on something I would rather be working with a director like Martin Scorsese."

Gillian can now be seen starring in The Fall on BBC Two (WENN)

Speaking about her current character and the possibilities of her finding love, Gillian 44, added:

"If Stella finds a man attractive, she doesn’t hesitate to make the first move. I quite like that in a woman, I’ve discovered. I like the way Stella is so sexually confident but there are consequences to that, as you’ll see over the serial.

"I would quite like to be like her. But I found filming the sex scenes difficult. It always is. Both sides get very nervous and you think, 'What if he’s a terrible kisser?' I’m pleased Stella keeps her clothes on, though. I am not happy naked on film. But Stella is comfortable in her own skin."

"She’s much more feminine than Scully ever was," she added.

Meanwhile, Dan Stevens who bowed out of Downton Abbey last year, admitted that he felt it was the right time to leave the hugely successful drama. He told the Daily Mail that he "made my decision for myself, but I didn’t make it alone. Everybody who knows and supports me was behind it and that made it feel the right thing to do.

"Also it excited me to follow my instinct which said this is the right time. It’s just a nice feeling to have when you can trust yourself."

Recalling the fond memories of his time on the drama, Dan who played the role of Matthew Crawley, continued:

"I had a great three years. I had a blast. I have some very fond memories. The cast were lovely. It was just time. Its success was unexpected for all of us. When we came back together for even series two we were a bit shell-shocked at the popularity, and by season three it almost seemed ridiculous how big the thing had become."

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