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Gillan Anderson's Relationship Needs

Gillian Anderson has told of how her needs in a relationship are non-negotiable.

The actress has been dating screenwriter Peter Morgan since 2016 and believes finding love in your 40s is a totally different experience to your 20s.

She told the Sunday Times: "It's very different. I think you are more fully formed, especially if you have taken time out of previous relationships to find yourself.

"Early on after the break-up of my last relationship and before my current one, somebody encouraged me to write a list of needs and wants in a future partner.

"Needs are non-negotiable. If you go on a date with someone and realise they won't meet, say, three of those needs, then they are not the person for you. It may last as a relationship, but it won't make you happy.

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"Wants are easier, not more frivolous per se, but easier to deliver. Doing this made it clear to me going forward who would be good for me in a relationship.

"And there is a new creativity nowadays to what a relationship should look like, too."

The 51 year-old, who is a mum of three, believes living apart from her partner is beneficial for their relationship.

"If we did, that would be the end of us," Gillan quipped. "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!"


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"Gillian Anderson has told of how her needs in a relationship are non-negotiable."