Gillian Anderson in love split: The Crown star separates from Peter Morgan after four years

Actress Gillian Anderson and writer Peter Morgan, who worked together on the much discussed latest season of The Crown, have decided to split, amicably, after four years together.

Anderson and Morgan were one of the most glittering couples in the world of British entertainment, though they never shared a home.

She won countless awards for her long-running role as FBI agent Dana Scully, forever chasing creepy monsters and government conspiracies in The X-Files; and more recently, acclaim for her portrait of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, in Season 4 of Netflix blockbuster The Crown, in which a fictionalised version of the Iron Lady’s relationship with the Queen was explored.

Over: Actress Gillian Anderson and writer Peter Morgan, who worked together on the much discussed latest season of The Crown, have decided to split, amicably, after four years together

Over: Actress Gillian Anderson and writer Peter Morgan, who worked together on the much discussed latest season of The Crown, have decided to split, amicably, after four years together

Over: Actress Gillian Anderson and writer Peter Morgan, who worked together on the much discussed latest season of The Crown, have decided to split, amicably, after four years together

He was Oscar-nominated for his script for the 2006 film The Queen, starring Helen Mirren; and garlanded with praise for his stage productions, including Frost/Nixon and The Audience (about the monarch and her prime ministers); as well as for creating The Crown.

They were supportive of each other’s careers. Morgan was often seen at Anderson’s first nights, and they would frequently be spotted together on the awards season circuit in Los Angeles and London.

But I’ve heard that the relationship has run its course — not helped by various work commitments and family logistics (each has children from past relationships) — though they remain great friends.

Anderson (pictured as Margaret Thatcher in The Crown) and Morgan were one of the most glittering couples in the world of British entertainment, though they never shared a home

Anderson (pictured as Margaret Thatcher in The Crown) and Morgan were one of the most glittering couples in the world of British entertainment, though they never shared a home

Anderson (pictured as Margaret Thatcher in The Crown) and Morgan were one of the most glittering couples in the world of British entertainment, though they never shared a home

I approached representatives for both Anderson and Morgan this week, but they declined to comment.

Anderson, 52, is an actor of quality who has sought out powerful, complex roles in hits such as The Fall, where she played driven murder detective Stella Gibson, hunting down a sadistic serial killer; and Sex Education, where she is the sex therapist mother of the main character.  

On stage she excelled as Blanche, in a scorching production of A Streetcar Named Desire at the Young Vic; and was superb in the recent adaptation of All About Eve, opposite Lily James.

She also shone in BBC TV’s dramatisation of Charles Dickens’s Bleak House as the elegant and enigmatic Lady Dedlock.

Happier times: I've heard that the relationship has run its course — not helped by various work commitments and family logistics (each has children from past relationships) — though they remain great friends. Pictured: The couple with Olivia Colman

Happier times: I've heard that the relationship has run its course — not helped by various work commitments and family logistics (each has children from past relationships) — though they remain great friends. Pictured: The couple with Olivia Colman

Happier times: I’ve heard that the relationship has run its course — not helped by various work commitments and family logistics (each has children from past relationships) — though they remain great friends. Pictured: The couple with Olivia Colman

Morgan, 57, who won a BAFTA for mini-series The Lost Honour Of Christopher Jefferies, is completing scripts and preparing to film the fifth season of The Crown next year with Imelda Staunton portraying our sovereign.   

Reports that Gillian had found love with Peter broke in October 2016 when The Daily Mail’s Sebastian Shakespeare confirmed she was telling friends about dating the screenwriter.

Gillian who lives in London, was at a party in New York with Peter to promote The Crown, where she was overheard telling friends they were in a relationship.  

Peter, whose cinematic hits include The Queen and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, was married to Lila Schwarzenberg – born Princess Anna Carolina zu Schwarzenberg – until 2014. He already has five children with her.

Since the relationship revelation, Gillian has supported Peter when The Crown went up for a nomination at The Golden Globes.

Gillian has daughter Piper, 26, with ex husband Clyde Klotz, who she was married to from 1994-1997. 

She also has sons Oscar, 14, and Felix, 12, with ex partner Mark Griffiths, who she dated until 2012. 

The Fall star was also married to documentary filmmaker Julian Ozanne from 2004-2006.

In January this year, Gillian revealed it ‘would be the end’ of her relationship with her screenwriter partner if they ever moved in together and that she preferred the pair of them living in separate homes.

The Sex Education star told The Times she liked that ‘there is nothing locking us in’ by living separately, adding that they don’t have to fear how they would manage the logistics should they ever split in the future. 

End of an era: Reports that Gillian had found love with Peter broke in October 2016 when The Daily Mail's Sebastian Shakespeare confirmed she was telling friends about dating the screenwriter (pictured January 2020)

End of an era: Reports that Gillian had found love with Peter broke in October 2016 when The Daily Mail's Sebastian Shakespeare confirmed she was telling friends about dating the screenwriter (pictured January 2020)

End of an era: Reports that Gillian had found love with Peter broke in October 2016 when The Daily Mail’s Sebastian Shakespeare confirmed she was telling friends about dating the screenwriter (pictured January 2020)

Speaking about her relationship with Peter, Gillian said: ‘If we did, that would be the end of us. It works so well as it is, it feels so special when we do come together. And when I am with my kids, I can be completely there for them. It’s exciting.    

‘We choose when to be together. There is nothing locking us in, nothing that brings up that fear of ”Oh gosh, I can’t leave because what will happen to the house, how will we separate?”. 

‘I start to miss the person I want to be with, which is a lovely feeling. And it is so huge for me to be able to see a pair of trousers left lying on the floor at my partner’s house and to step over them and not feel it is my job to do something about it!’  

Back in November Gillian insisted she had ‘very clear boundaries’ with her partner Peter when they worked together on series four of The Crown. 

Gracing the front cover of Harper’s Bazaar, Gillian told the publication:  ‘For our own sanity, and actually for the benefit of the relationship, we had very clear boundaries. 

‘I am not going to comment on the script, but you are not allowed to comment on the performance!’    

Candid: In January this year, Gillian revealed it 'would be the end' of her relationship with her screenwriter partner if they ever moved in together and that she preferred the pair of them living in separate homes (pictured 2019)

Candid: In January this year, Gillian revealed it 'would be the end' of her relationship with her screenwriter partner if they ever moved in together and that she preferred the pair of them living in separate homes (pictured 2019)

Candid: In January this year, Gillian revealed it ‘would be the end’ of her relationship with her screenwriter partner if they ever moved in together and that she preferred the pair of them living in separate homes (pictured 2019)

  

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