Dana Scully

Dana Katherine Scully, MD, is a fictional character and one of the two protagonists in the Fox science-fiction, supernatural television series The X-Files, played by Gillian Anderson. Scully is an Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) special agent and a medical doctor (MD), partnered with fellow Special Agent Fox Mulder for seasons one to seven and seasons 10 and 11, and with John Doggett in the eighth and ninth seasons. In the television series, they work out of a cramped basement office at FBI headquarters in Washington, DC to investigate unsolved cases labeled "X-Files." In 2002, Scully left government employment, and in 2008, she began working as a surgeon in Our Lady of Sorrows, a private Catholic hospital – where she stayed for seven years, until rejoining the FBI. In contrast to Mulder's credulous "believer" character, Scully is the skeptic for the first seven seasons, choosing to base her beliefs on what science can prove. She later on becomes a "believer" after Mulder's abduction at the end of season seven.

Dr. Dana Scully
The X-Files character
First appearance
  • "Pilot"
  • The X-Files
  • September 10, 1993
Last appearance
Portrayed byGillian Anderson
  • Tegan Moss (young Scully)
  • Zoe Anderson (young Scully 1976 – uncredited)
In-universe information
SpeciesHuman
GenderFemale
Occupation
Affiliation
Family
SpouseFox Mulder
Children

Unborn child

ReligionRoman Catholic
HomeWashington, D.C., U.S.

Scully has appeared in all but five episodes of The X-Files, and in the 20th Century Fox films The X-Files, released in 1998, and The X-Files: I Want to Believe, released 10 years later. The episodes in which she does not appear are "3," "Zero Sum," "Unusual Suspects," "Travelers" and "The Gift" (excluding archive footage). The 11th season marked Anderson's final time portraying the character.[2]


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