Pamela Anderson was approached to be in The X-Files.

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Gillian Anderson – who was eventually cast as paranormal FBI investigator Agent Scully in the hit US TV show – admits bosses approached former Baywatch actress Pamela before they offered her the role.

She said: “Pamela was somebody who was more familiar to them in terms of what was on TV at the time.

“They were looking for someone bustier, taller, leggier than me. They couldn’t fathom how David and me could equal success. At the beginning, nobody trusted that I could do anything. I had no body of work behind me at all, and, certainly Fox felt very strongly that I wasn’t the right person for the job.”

Gillian also revealed since starring as Scully in the show and two spin-off movies, including the most recent – The X-Files: I Want to Believe – she will forever be associated with that character.

She added: “I think it’s difficult for people to think of me as anyone other than Scully. Even if they have seen me do an Irish accent in The Mighty Celt or seen me doing Bleak House on the BBC or whatever, people still have a hard time knowing exactly where I fit into the bigger scheme of film-making.”