X-Files fans lose their minds after stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny reunite

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David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson became household names in the 1990s as Mulder and Scully in the hit TV series, The X-Files. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Alamy)
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson became household names in the 1990s as Mulder and Scully in the hit TV series, The X-Files. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Alamy)

They certainly know how to create a stir!

Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny – better known as FBI agents Scully and Mulder to The X-Files fans – reunited on Instagram recently and immediately followers swarmed the comments section.

“Getting the band back together,” was a popular refrain as fans immediately wanted to know if the post meant a possible return of the hit sci-fi/crime series.

“I’ve just died a thousand deaths from one photo!!” gushed one, while another wrote, “Cuties! Currently watching X-Files as we speak, what a duo!”

“Hell yeah, king and queen are back!” wrote another.

Alas, however, it appeared as though the post was just about the 52-year-old actress introducing her former on-screen partner to her dog, Stella.

The X-Files was one of the most popular series in the ’90s, running for nine seasons and turning David and Gillian into one of the most popular TV couples of all time.

They reprised their roles in a 1998 film adaptation followed by a two-season, six-episode revival of the series in 2018.

Both have maintained their success on the small and big screens since.

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Gillian Anderson has more recently been praised for her compelling performance as Margaret Thatcher in Netflix's The Crown. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Alamy)

Gillian has been applauded for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in the award-winning Netflix series The Crown; while David (60), who won Golden Globes for his roles on both The X-Files and Californication, recently began filming Netflix comedy film The Bubble.

He’s also found success as a writer. Last year he published his fourth book, Truly Like Lightning, and is developing a TV adaptation of it; starring himself as the main character, a polygamist and former Hollywood stuntman.

In a recent interview Gillian told Australia's TV Week magazine that her decision to leave Hollywood and move to London at the height of her fame was the best thing she could have done at the time.

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Duchovny and Anderson played FBI agents, who had an eye for each other as well, in the sci-fi series that spawned millions of fans. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Alamy)

“I had a complicated relationship with becoming so famous so young and seeing the worst part of what the industry can be. I really hated it and wanted to get away,” said the Chicago-born actress who is now based in London.

“Now I’m older, I can put it all in perspective. The rewards that I've been blessed with for following my instincts are many, and I never got to the point of even considering moving back to America.”

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