Hannibal Season 3: Gillian Anderson Is a Full-Fledged Series Regular

Gillian Anderson Hannibal Season 3

Gillian Anderson will be devouring a bigger piece of Hannibal when the NBC drama returns in 2015.

TVLine has learned exclusively that the X-Files vet — who recurred in Seasons 1 and 2 as the title cannibal’s shrink, Bedelia du Maurier — has closed a deal to be a series regular in Season 3.

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The Season 2 finale set the stage for Bedelia to play a more significant role in the show’s third season — something exec producer Bryan Fuller confirmed over the summer at Comic-Con.

Gillian Anderson Hannibal Season 3The season opener will pick up one year after Hannibal and Bedelia were seen jetting off to Europe, and feel like “a pilot for a new series starring Mads Mikkelsen and Gillian Anderson,” Fulller previewed to huge applause.

Anderson’s most recent full-time TV gig, NBC’s Crisis, was cancelled last spring. She’s also on board for Season 2 of the acclaimed BBC drama The Fall.

“The cast and crew of Hannibal are positively giddy to be welcoming Gillian to Season 3 as a series regular,” Fuller told TVLine in an exclusive statement. “A striking presence on stage and screen, she brings wit, grace and intelligence to every role she embodies. Screenwriting is so much easier when you’re inspired by a great actor and Gillian has filled the Hannibal writers room with wonderful inspiration. I can’t wait for audiences to see her make a bigger meal out of the Cannibal than ever before.”

Hannibal is set to return at midseason.


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  1. Thilia says:

    Okay, this is hands down the best news in a long time. I love Gillian!

  2. Colin says:


  3. Eric says:

    I approve, though I’m not surprised.

  4. Dick Whitman says:

    Ef yeah

  5. Steven says:

    Awesome news! More Gillian is always a good thing.

  6. CKG says:

    Yesssss, I’m so happy about this! In a show filled with brilliant characters, Bedelia is definitely one of the most fascinating. I can’t wait.

  7. N says:

    Love Gillian!

  8. pamela says:

    Wonderful news, I just get nervous that her character might eventually be killed being this IS Hannibal.

  9. Torontogirl says:

    Does that have any impact for her filming season 2 of The Fall? I guess they will most likley be done before Hanibal starts up. I love her on that one so dark and intense!

  10. cdhaskell says:

    I am glad that Gillian Anderson is becoming a regular. I hope that the writer will tell more about her character background.

  11. raftrap says:

    I’m just loving this so much, amazing news!

  12. Tjasa says:

    That’s just awesome! I love Gillian. Can’t wait to see more of her in Hannibal. I just hope that they won’t kill her off by the end of the season or something like that xD

  13. Miranda says:

    The best news I’ve heard all dang day for sure. Bless this show and it’s singular brilliance.
    Oh, and frack the Emmys!

  14. Maya says:

    This totally makes my day.

  15. crcuchick says:

    Wow, no wonder she has no time for a limited-run X-Files revival.

    • Thilia says:

      Wait. No, I take what I said back. Gillian get your buns back to the X-Files revival. Hannibal is okay with you as a guest star instead. X-Files>>>>>>Hannibal.

  16. Tav says:

    Yes!! Excellent news, though I somehow thought it was already a done deal–glad to know it’s actually official now :D
    Bring on more Bedelia!!

  17. tahina45 says:

    Scully! . So glad to see Gillian back on my screen. Wonder if she will go back to The Fall series.

  18. Ron says:

    Not surprised but so flippin’ excited. I also love her on The Fall. Looks like my life is about to consist of a lot more of Gillian Anderson, and that’s always a good thing!!!

  19. Phil says:

    I’m pleased with this news, but hope it doesn’t affect a possible series 3 of The Fall because she is even more amazing in that!

  20. Tran says:

    BEST. NEWS. EVER. Really hope Gillian Anderson is going to bounce back after Crisis got canceled.

  21. Liam says:


  22. Lucy says:

    Did you all know Mr Fuller is in love with Ms Anderson? He is being so obvious.

  23. Loo says:

    This is so much better than The Fall, which is sooo boring.

  24. Joey says:

    Best news I’ve heard all day. :D

  25. Miranda says:

    I guess it helps that Crisis was canceled?

  26. Azrielen says:

    ugh Gillian Anderson is flawless and I am not sad that her other show fell through because this is the result. Excellent!

  27. Connie says:

    I really liked the way you described Gillian Anderson’s acting skills; she is indeed a very sexy classy lady! Looking forward to season 3!