Gillian Anderson is ''useless'' at doing her own hair and make-up.

The 46-year-old actress has confessed that starring as Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson in 'The Fall' has taught her to embrace her femininity and try and be more glamorous.

She said: ''For a good portion of my life I downgraded my femininity. I'm absolutely useless with my own hair and make-up. Now on a semi-regular basis I have my hair blow dried, and I'm a bit more mindful about what I wear. Just taking care of myself.''

The 'X-Files' star insists that while she may be an award-winning actress, there are plenty of things she isn't talented at.

She told The Observer newspaper: ''Oh, there are so many things that I'm bad at. I'm bad at anything that has to do with IT. I'm bad at remembering anything other than lines for, say, a play. Just so many things.''

Meanwhile, Gillian admits starring as Blanche DuBois in 'A Streetcar Named Desire' on stage has allowed her to get a lot of her anger out.

She added: ''The first night we performed in front of an audience, I thought, I can't do any more of this.

''I felt like a truck had run me over. But by the end there was a sense of catharsis every night - I felt like I got all my anger out, all my tears out, so I felt actually quite peaceful after it.''