Gillian Anderson owns £4million townhouse in quiet London oasis famed for its tranquillity

Gilian Anderson and Barnsbury landscape

The actress moved to the city in 2002

Solen Le Net

By Solen Le Net

Published: 08/04/2024

- 09:56

The critically-acclaimed actress owns a townhouse in an area once described as London's quietest

Actress, activist and writer Gillian Anderson has become a recognisable face in the UK film industry since playing some of Britain's prominent public figures in award-winning movies.

Despite being widely recognised as a British actress, Gillian is bi-dialect, meaning she can switch comfortably between an English and American accent.

The Chicago-born star reportedly lives in London with her three children, having brought her first home in the city around Nottinghill’s most acclaimed Portobello Street.

She moved to the area in 2002 because most of her friends lived there, but reports state that the star later snapped up a townhouse in Barnsbury.

\u200bGillian Anderson in white dress

Gillian Anderson reportedly lived in London for several years as a child


The star’s £4.65million townhouse is at the heart of an elegant oasis between Islington and King’s Cross.

According to the local council, the north London area, which belongs to the Borough of Islington, became a popular hub among the affluent Jewish community in the 1860s.

It is still famed for its tranquillity, with one of its streets crowned the city’s quietest in 2013.

London On The Ground states: “Today, Barnsbury is one of inner London’s most beautiful areas, tucked away between Upper Street and Caledonian Road.

People favour the area for its Georgian homes and little green enclaves, according to the property news outlet Placebuzz.

Of the local community, the website states that “Islington in general inspires loyalty from its residents”.

It added: “Some would argue that the fact that locals and people starting families move out and get replaced by City bankers and lawyers is to the detriment of the area’s community feel.

“Still, no place with large groups of writers and other specific kinds of people is entirely without a sense of community.”

When Former Labour leader Tony Blair still lived in his Richmond Crescent home, Barnsbury Square was crowned the capital’s most tranquil road, rivalling other areas like Richmond and Wapping.

A score of other celebrities have moved to the borough of Islington over the years, namely Lily Allen, and Emma Watson.


Barnsbury street london

Barnsbury was one of the home of Tony Blair


Gillian had spent some of her former years as a child in London, between the ages of two and 11, before moving back to the city as an adult in 2002.

She featured in The House of Mirth in 2002, winning critical acclaim and the British Independent Film Award for Best Actress.

One of her latest portrayals was of British journalist Emily Maitlis in the new movie Scoop, an insider account about how Newsnight secured their 2019 interview with Prince Andrew on his relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Other complex characters Anderson has played over her 30-year career include Margaret Thatcher in The Crown and Jean Milburn in Sex Education.

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