Gillian Anderson has revealed that she gets bombarded with X-rated snaps from male fans, so she's had to hire an assistant to shield her from all of the rude photos.

The Sex Education star, 53, explained that she is constantly flooded with "d*** pics" thanks to her raunchy sex therapist role on the hit Netflix show.

Emmy winning Gillian plays Dr Jean Milburn in the series, who is mum to shy teenager Otis – the main character on the show.

Speaking to The Sun, Gillian said that her assistant is tasked with the rather unique job of screening the waves of explicit snaps from the men, so that she doesn't have to see them herself.

She told The Sun: "I do have someone who goes through the stuff before I see it… including the, shall we say, d*** pics that I apparently get sent.

"I don't have Instagram on my phone but sometimes I’ll be alerted to the fact there has been a slew of d*** pics. People are shocking!"

Gillian has just returned to our screens as sex expert Dr Jean as the third season of Sex Education aired this week.

The actress admitted she almost didn't reprise her role on the hit show for the sake of her three kids, who were left red-faced after a steamy clip from the show.

In a famous scene from the show, Dr Jean demonstrated how to pleasure a man using a courgette, but Gillian's real-life kids were far from pleased with the video.

Gillian shares her 26-year-old daughter, Piper, with her ex-husband Clyde Klotz – a Canadian art director.

She also has sons, Oscar, 14, and Felix, 12, with her businessman ex-beau Mark Griffiths.

The X Files star split from Mark in 2012 after six years together.

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The critically-acclaimed star then dated The Crown's show creator Peter Morgan for four years – with Gillian playing the role of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher in the royal family drama.

Sadly though, Gillian and screenwriter Peter split last year after Peter's reported fling with socialite Jemima Khan, 47.

Although Gillian and Peter reunited briefly after Peter's alleged split from Jemima, the actress seemed to hint that their romance was over in May.

Speaking to a watch magazine, Gillian suggested that they were no longer an item as she referred to Peter as "my boyfriend at the time", the Daily Mail claimed.

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