My Ex Files; after a Tortured Childhood, Two Failed Marriages and a Doomed Affair with X Files Co-Star David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson Says She's Finally Found Love with a London Car-Clamper. Gareth Pearce Meets a Defiantly Unpredictable Star

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My Ex Files; after a Tortured Childhood, Two Failed Marriages and a Doomed Affair with X Files Co-Star David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson Says She's Finally Found Love with a London Car-Clamper. Gareth Pearce Meets a Defiantly Unpredictable Star


Byline: GARETH PEARCE

Gillian Anderson moves, rather like her character Dana Scully in The X Files, in mysterious ways. We first met in the dead of night a little over a year ago, while she was filming in Shropshire and just about to celebrate her first wedding anniversary to her second husband Julian Ozanne.

Everything was hunky dory: she was in love, they 'laughed a lot together' and there were no problems on the horizon.

Fast-forward to a few days ago. Anderson, 38, sits in a private club in London. The order of events that have happened since are ticked off clearly with a right forefinger pointing to the fingers on her left hand.

'I must be careful how I phrase this,' she cautions herself. 'One, I left my marriage. Two, I met somebody else. Three, I started a relationship. Four, we had a son, Oscar, last November.

Five, I've moved house - twice.' Clearly, Ozanne, a former journalist on the Financial Times who makes documentaries, is history. Although he was reportedly concerned that the new baby might be his (Anderson announced her pregnancy only three months after the split), the order in which she places these life-changing events is unequivocal.

Her new relationship is with Mark Griffiths, 35, the boss of a car wheel-clamping firm based in Harlesden, northwest London. He's not short of a bob or two himself, given the charges for clamping these days. But he's now decamped to her new [pounds sterling]3 million home in Holland Park, west London, with their baby son and 12-year-old Piper, Anderson's daughter from her first marriage to X Files assistant art director, Clyde Klotz.

Anderson is a surprise. Her voice verges on posh English. She has lived in both America and Britain, but has become increasingly British in both accent and manner over the past ten years or so. She's a tiny thing at 5ft 3in, wrapped in a light-coloured kaftan-style coat over a pair of well-cut trousers.

'I have layers of clothes on today to cover my figure,' she says. But still, she oozes sexuality, with her dirty-blonde hair, clear blue-green eyes and machinegun pace of conversation. It's easy to see why bachelor Mr Griffiths was transfixed. He's apparently a down-to-earth guy whose closest contact with TV or film stars was watching them on the screen. So why on earth did she fall for him?

There follows a long silence, as if she has been asked to recount a scene about aliens in episode three, series five of her nine years of X Files servitude. 'He is one of the kindest people I have ever met,' she says, eventually. 'He has a very good head on his shoulders, and I think After a tortured childhood, two failed marriages and a doomed affair with X Files co-star David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson says she's finally found love with a London car-clamper.

Gareth Pearce meets a defiantly unpredictable star that part of me was ready to be grounded. That is exactly what has taken place - a grounding for all of us. It sometimes almost feels as if my life is flying by, and I feel that I need to stop and appreciate what is going on. I think, with him, I have found a way to do that.' They met through mutual friends, she confides.

'Things just happened particularly quickly.' Did it matter that he doesn't know a director from a producer, or a business manager from an agent? 'No - it helps,' she replies.

'I've dated actors, but I'd never marry one. Too much baggage.' Anderson has more than enough of that all by herself. Tales of her rebellious youth - first in north London, aged two to 11, then in Grand Rapids, Michigan - have followed her through the years, such as the pierced nose, the Mohican haircut, the punk-rock boyfriends and the 'Most Likely To Be Arrested' accolade from her classmates at high school. (She was, in fact, arrested on graduation night for trying to glue the school's locks shut.) Years ago, she says, before she was famous, on a visit to London from America, where she had by then settled, she revisited her childhood home in Rosebery Gardens, Crouch End. …

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