Gillian Anderson Joins NBC's Hannibal

After filming several British projects in recent years, Gillian Anderson has signed on to appear in NBC’s upcoming drama “Hannibal.”

“The X Files” actress will play Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier, Hannibal’s therapist, an NBC publicist confirmed to Access Hollywood on Wednesday.

“Every therapist needs their own head examined and we are ecstatic that Gillian Anderson has chosen ‘Hannibal’ to mark her return to American television after 10 years to portray Dr. Lecter’s (Mads Mikkelsen) personal psychiatrist,” executive producer Bryan Fuller said in a statement. “Her intelligence and sophistication, not to mention her pedigree of ground-breaking TV, make her the perfect actress to match wits and psychological manipulations with one of the greatest villains of pop culture. I couldn’t be more excited.”

“Hannibal” stars Hugh Dancy as Will Graham, a criminal profiler on the hunt for a serial killer, who enlists Dr. Lecter to help him out.

The series is meant to be a prequel to the films, and set before Dr. Lecter’s secret is out.

Gillian was last seen on U.S. screens in the import series “Great Expectations,” which aired on PBS earlier this year.

-- Jolie Lash

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