In order to find substantial roles in films and TV, Gillian Anderson says that she has focused her career on the U.K. In an interview with the BBC magazine Radio Times , the former X-Files star said that in Britain, "There's a broader understanding of my capability," whereas in Hollywood, she said, she had sometimes thought "of throwing in the towel when I'm doing a crock of s***." In fact, she disclosed, she got her role on The X Files against the wishes of Fox network executives who wanted a big-breasted blonde. "That's the only way they knew how to market television. ... No one expected The X-Files to be popular." Since 2005 she has appeared in such productions as a BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens's Bleak House, a comedy about the London art scene called Boogie Woogie , a four-part Channel 4 miniseries, Any Human Heart , in which she played Wallace Simpson, for whom King Edward VIII abdicated the throne to marry, and The Crimson Petal and the White (to air next week), in which she plays a brothel owner in Victorian England. "They don't know what to do with me in the States because they don't realize I'm a character actress," Anderson said. "They wouldn't for a second imagine I could play Wallis Simpson."