Gillian Anderson doesn't believe she has the ''platform'' to talk about politics.

The 48-year-old actress says she won't speak out about political issues because there's ''so much'' that she doesn't understand, and says the discussion is better left to those who understand the ''very very complex issues''.

She said: ''I generally have a tendency to steer away from outright political discussion in interviews, because I am an actor, and there's so much that I don't understand, and I don't for a second feel like I have a right to that platform. I don't want to get into a discussion about Trump or about Brexit or any of that - I feel it's best left to people who really understand the very, very complex issues. Not for a second am I going to pitch in, because I don't really know what it is that I'm talking about.''

And 'The X-Files' star admits that whilst she does ''have opinions'' on political matters, she doesn't feel her stance as an actress makes those opinions ''more valid''.

She added: ''I have opinions, but I don't think my opinions are more valid because I'm an actor and have more of a platform than others.''

But the actress insists she doesn't believe that celebrities shouldn't speak out, and was only speaking for herself and not for Hollywood as a whole.

Asked by The Guardian newspaper if she shares the view that actors ought to stop turning awards ceremonies into anti-Trump rallies, Gillian said: ''No, no, no, I'm not saying that at all. I'm only talking about myself. I don't have an opinion on whether or not actors should speak out.''