Gillian Anderson seen for first time since reuniting with Peter Morgan after Jemima Khan romance


Gillian Anderson has been pictured for the first time since reuniting with her partner Peter Morgan after pursuing a brief romance with Jemima Khan.

The actress, 52, emerged on the set of her new movie White Bird: A Wonder Story in Prague – in which she plays a French matriarch who shelters a Jewish refugee – on Friday.

In December, the Crown star had split from producer Peter, 57, following a four-year relationship, before he quickly ‘moved on’ with his long-time friend, 47. 

But after just a few weeks of dating, the writer has returned to Gillian and is believed to be staying with her in Czech Republic, leaving producer Jemima ‘shocked and confused’ after Peter ‘pursued her, rather than the other way around’.  

Low-key: Gillian Anderson has been pictured for the first time since reuniting with her partner Peter Morgan following his brief romance with Jemima Khan

One of Jemima’s friends told the Mail: ‘Peter pursued her, rather than the other way around. He persuaded her that they would be great together, but has now gone back to Gillian. 

‘This has happened in the past week. She is pretty knocked for six about it. People are appalled by his behaviour. It seems really rather unstable. He had said he was serious about Jemima and she was certainly serious about the romance with him. 

‘He told everyone that Jemima was the one and had made that pretty clear to her. In my view, after what he has just done, she has dodged a bullet.’

On set, Gillian wrapped up against the chilly climes in a thick brown coat, teamed with a cardigan and beret.

The TV and film star ensured she kept protected amid the coronavirus pandemic as she sported a face mask.

Embracing her role, the X-Files actress’ appearance was rounded off with a classic beret.  

Close circle: Last month, producer Peter, 57, had broken up with his long-term girlfriend Gillian, 52, and 'moved on' with Jemima, 47 (pictured together in 2013)

Close circle: Last month, producer Peter, 57, had broken up with his long-term girlfriend Gillian, 52, and ‘moved on’ with Jemima, 47 (pictured together in 2013)

Working hard: The screen star emerged on the set of her new movie White Bird: A Wonder Story in Prague on Friday

Working hard: The screen star emerged on the set of her new movie White Bird: A Wonder Story in Prague on Friday

Back on: But after a few weeks of dating, the writer has returned to the actress (pictured in 2020) and is believed to be staying with her in Czech Republic

Back on: But after a few weeks of dating, the writer has returned to the actress (pictured in 2020) and is believed to be staying with her in Czech Republic

The Sex Education star is due to spend the next two months in the European country working on her latest project. 

White Bird: A Wonder Story follows a young girl hidden by a family in Nazi-occupied France during World War II. 

Gillian portrays the role of Vivienne, while addition casting for the upcoming film has yet to be revealed. 

According to Deadline, the movie is a spin-off of 2017 film Wonder – based on the 2012 novel by R. J. Palacio of the same name. 

Keeping warm: The thespian wrapped up against the chilly climes in a thick brown coat, teamed with a cardigan and beret

Keeping warm: The thespian wrapped up against the chilly climes in a thick brown coat, teamed with a cardigan and beret

Safety comes first: The TV and film star ensured she kept protected amid the coronavirus pandemic as she sported a face mask

Off she goes: The media personality looked towards the ground as she strolled across set

Safety comes first: The TV and film star ensured she kept protected amid the coronavirus pandemic as she sported a face mask

Plot: The Chicago-born actress portrays a French matriarch who shelters a Jewish refugee in the 1940s

Plot: The Chicago-born actress portrays a French matriarch who shelters a Jewish refugee in the 1940s

Last month, it was reported that Gillian was said to be ‘bemused’ by how quickly his romance with Jemima had progressed, just weeks after they had parted ways.

Peter and Jemima reportedly enjoyed an intense romance that blossomed early in the New Year, and by mid-January friends were saying they were in a ‘legit support bubble’ during the third lockdown. 

According to sources, the TV, film and documentary producer had endured gossip over an apparent breach of the ‘girl code’ in taking up with Peter.  

All in the details: Embracing her role, the X-Files actress' appearance was rounded off with a classic beret

All in the details: Embracing her role, the X-Files actress’ appearance was rounded off with a classic beret

In good company: The Fall star was joined by crew members as she headed out to continue to work following a brief break

In good company: The Fall star was joined by crew members as she headed out to continue to work following a brief break

No rest for the wicked: The media personality has been keeping busy following the release of The Crown's fourth series, which saw her transform into Margaret Thatcher

No rest for the wicked: The media personality has been keeping busy following the release of The Crown’s fourth series, which saw her transform into Margaret Thatcher

Return: The film industry made a comeback last year with newly-related production amid the global crisis

Return: The film industry made a comeback last year with newly-related production amid the global crisis

A friend of supermodel Elle Macpherson told The Mail: ‘When she romanced [financier] Arki [Busson] in 2007, she asked [his ex girlfriend] Elle if it would be all right by her. She isn’t the sort of person to breach things lightly.’ 

On the love triangle, another insider added: ‘So far the narrative has been all about the women but do not forget it was Morgan who caused all this emotional damage.

‘He has careered from one to the other and now back again with no regard for the damage he causes and the lack of courage he has shown in seeking only his needs.’ 

History brought back to life: A train which resembled an old railway system was seen on set

History brought back to life: A train which resembled an old railway system was seen on set 

Synopsis: White Bird: A Wonder Story follows a young girl hidden by a family in Nazi-occupied France during World War II

Synopsis: White Bird: A Wonder Story follows a young girl hidden by a family in Nazi-occupied France during World War II

Location: Czech Republic has become a hotspot for filming destinations, with filming for Starz’s Dangerous Liaisons prequel series scheduled to kick off from Spring

Location: Czech Republic has become a hotspot for filming destinations, with filming for Starz’s Dangerous Liaisons prequel series scheduled to kick off from Spring

Jemima – who was previously married to Pakistan cricket legend turned PM Imran Khan – is in the final days of producing a rom-com, What’s Love Got To Do With It?, starring Lily James and Emma Thompson in London.

Initially, she and Peter — who was made a CBE in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to drama — were hailed as the new media power couple. 

The former journalist previously dated actor Hugh Grant, comedian Russell Brand and PR expert Matthew Freud. 

Creating a scene: Armed soldiers in traditional uniform were also seen on set

Creating a scene: Armed soldiers in traditional uniform were also seen on set

Busy: They donned face coverings as they enjoyed a short walk in between takes

Busy: They donned face coverings as they enjoyed a short walk in between takes

Wrapping up: Moments later, a crew member was seen heading off from the set of director Marc Forster's film in a silver van

Wrapping up: Moments later, a crew member was seen heading off from the set of director Marc Forster’s film in a silver van

Meanwhile, Gillian is up for a Golden Globe next month for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Crown — was written and created by Peter. 

There was no hint that they had rekindled their relationship when she described to reporters how she would be ‘attending’ the virtual ceremony ‘alone’ in her hotel room in Prague, and referred to him as her ‘former partner’.

‘I prefer to be alone. I have a very good support system here in the UK, and recently I’m finding that to be everything’, The House of Mirth star previously said. 

Gillian, 52, (pictured with Jemima at a party in 2018) was said to be 'bemused' by the news

Gillian, 52, (pictured with Jemima at a party in 2018) was said to be ‘bemused’ by the news

‘I really rely on my girlfriends. I have increased my meditation, which always helps. The next thing to do is to not just talk about doing yoga but actually do yoga.’

She also about buying a new vacuum cleaner just before the UK entered its third lockdown, saying: ‘It became pretty much my best friend, my lover, my everything, until we got a puppy.’ 

Gillian and Peter started dating in 2016, 18 months after his marriage to Austrian aristocrat Lila Schwarzenberg ended.

Playwright Peter has five children with his former spouse, while Gillian shares daughter Piper, 26, with art director Clyde Klotz, and sons Oscar, 14, and Felix, 12, with businessman Mark Griffiths. 

In 2012, the mother-of-three described herself as bisexual and revealed a long-term relationship with a girl she had met at college.

Recently, she revealed she’d been in therapy since she was 14 and writes a nightly gratitude journal.

Although Gillian and Peter never lived together, she previously said that they were a committed and loving couple.

The The Earthend Saga explained in an interview with The Times: ‘If we did [live together], that would be the end of us. It works so well as it is, it feels so special when we do come together. 

Hit series: Peter has gained critical acclaim as the writer behind Netflix hit The Crown (pictured in 2017)

Hit series: Peter has gained critical acclaim as the writer behind Netflix hit The Crown (pictured in 2017)

‘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’s my job to do something about it!’ 

She hesitated before taking the Thatcher role, hoping that the experience of working together would not finish them as a couple.

Gillian told Harper’s Bazaar: ‘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!

‘I was in a relationship with the showrunner [Peter] at the time, and I saw so much stuff even before the final cut. Sometimes it would be easy to hear it in another room, and sometimes it wouldn’t be. I worked very hard on her voice specifically. 

‘It needed to be a particular pitch and way of talking that felt like it would be natural and grounded somewhere in me, and also one that I could keep consistent.’ 

When approached by the Mail, Peter, Gillian and Jemima did not respond to requests for comment.

Impressive: Gillian is up for a Golden Globe next month for her performance as Margaret in The Crown (pictured)

Impressive: Gillian is up for a Golden Globe next month for her performance as Margaret in The Crown (pictured)



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