Gillian Anderson to appear in new ‘Hannibal’ TV series

She'll play the personal psychiatrist of iconic serial killer Dr Hannibal Lecter

Gillian Anderson has signed up for the upcoming Hannibal TV series.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Anderson will appear in several episodes as Dr Bedelia Du Maurier, the personal psychiatrist of iconic serial killer Dr Hannibal Lecter. It will be Anderson’s first ongoing US TV role in a decade.

Hannibal is currently in the works at American TV network NBC. Bryan Fuller, the creator of Pushing Daisies, is steering the series as showrunner.

Fuller confirmed Anderson’s role in a statement, saying: “Every therapist needs their own head examined and we are ecstatic that Gillian Anderson has chosen Hannibal to mark her return to American television after 10 years to portray Dr Lecter’s personal psychiatrist. Her intelligence and sophistication, not to mention her pedigree of ground-breaking TV, make her the perfect actress to match wits and psychological manipulations with one of the greatest villains of pop culture. I couldn’t be more excited.”

The Hannibal TV series is expected to premiere on NBC next Spring (2013). Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen will star as Lecter, while the cast also includes Eddie Izzard, Hugh Dancy and Laurence Fishburne.