DSI Stella Gibson is the main character of The Fall. She is portrayed by the American actress Gillian Anderson.

Character Profile

Stella Gibson was a Detective Superintendent in London’s Metropolitan Police when she arrived in Belfast to conduct a twenty-eight-day review into a murder case that had stalled and provided no suspects.

Gibson was quick to link that murder to two other recent murders and suggest they were the work of one man. As a result, she was asked to head the Task Force charged with the task of stopping that man.

Gibson has had experience of male violence against women through her extensive professional life and is an implacable opponent of such behaviour - seeing it as the unacceptable face of patriarchy. She sets out with complete determination to stop the killer and see that justice is done on behalf of the victims. As series 3 begins, Stella has got her man but will he stay alive to receive his punishment?

Powerful and charismatic Gibson is determined, driven and obsessive.

Early life

According to Paul Spector, Stella Gibson nurtures an Electra complex towards her father so much that she often dreams and annotates the details in her dream journal. She has several degrees, including one in anthropology. At some point in her career, she had a relationship with Jim Burns.


Stella is a strong woman and dominant character that gets her way in a male-dominated world.

She's bisexual and has sexual relations with anyone who arouses her interest, both physical and intellectual. This usually scares the men with whom she comes in contact, as pointed out to Detective Birk after Olson's murder.

Her boundless culture and skills in studying the human psyche make her extremely fascinating but also frightening.

Physical Appearance

Gibson is a good-looking woman in her forties, with blonde and wavy shoulder-length hair. She has piercing green eyes. Stella has a lean physique and nimble due to the long hours she dedicated to swimming.

Throughout The Fall series

Season One

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Season Two

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Season Three

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Paul Spector

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Jim Burns

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Reed Smith

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James Olson

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Tom Anderson

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