Saffron Burrows in Karlsbad (2008)
|Born||Saffron Domini Burrows
22 October 1972
London, England, United Kingdom
|Height||6'0" (183 cm)|
Saffron Domini Burrows (born 22 October 1972) is an English actress who has appeared in such films as In the Name of the Father (1993), Circle of Friends (1995), Deep Blue Sea (1999), Enigma (2001), Troy (2004), Reign Over Me (2007) and The Bank Job (2008), as well as starring as Lorraine Weller on Boston Legal (2007–2008), Dr. Norah Skinner on My Own Worst Enemy (2008) and Det. Serena Stevens on Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
Early life 
Burrows was born in London, England, to a politically active family; both her parents are socialists. Her father is an architect and teacher; her mother, Susie, is a teacher and feminist. Burrows is an only child. At 15, she was discovered by Beth Boldt (Burrows stands at 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)), and began a successful modelling career.
Burrows made her film debut in 1993 with a small role in Jim Sheridan's In the Name of the Father. Her first significant acting roles came in 1995, as an ambitious Irish woman in Circle of Friends and Ngozi Onwurah’s Welcome II The Terrordome. Following this, she starred opposite Albert Finney in Dennis Potter’s 1996 Karaoke for the BBC. Subsequently, she appeared in Hotel de Love, Lovelife, Nevada, One Night Stand, and The Matchmaker. In 1999, she appeared in Mike Figgis’ experimental film The Loss of Sexual Innocence, in which she played twins; one raised in England, the other in Italy. Burrows then appeared in the thriller Deep Blue Sea, and played the title role in Miss Julie. Miss Julie premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The following year she appeared opposite Stellan Skarsgard in Timecode (2000), a split-screen digital experimental film shot in a single take with no edit. Burrows followed this film with Gangster No. 1, starring opposite Malcolm McDowell, Paul Bettany and David Thewlis. Burrows then co-starred alongside Kate Winslet and Dougray Scott in Michael Apted’s 1940’s drama Enigma. Tom Stoppard adapted the Robert Harris novel of the same name for the screen. Burrows also starred in Tempted, an improvised thriller set in New Orleans, opposite Burt Reynolds and Peter Facinelli. Mike Figgis’ ensemble feature Hotel followed, re-uniting Burrows with many of her colleagues from Timecode such as Salma Hayek and Danny Huston in Venice, where she played the role of the Duchess Of Malfi. In 2002, Burrows played a cameo in Hayek's procuded biopic Frida. After that, Burrows dedicated to theater, and was directed by Deborah Warner at the Royal National Theatre in Jeanette Winterson’s The Powerbook. The play then toured, visiting the Theatre National Du Chaillot, Paris, and the Teatro Argentina, Rome. Burrows then performed in Spanish in the Spanish-language political thriller The Galindez File, a film written by Basque novelist Vazquez Montalban, on the life of a woman seeking the truth about the ‘disappearance’ of Galindez, a critic of The Dominican Republic’s Trujillo. Harvey Keitel co-starred.
In 2004, she played the part of Andromache in the big-budget film Troy. In January 2005, she created the role of Janey in the world premiere of Earthly Paradise at the Almeida Theatre. The play tells the story of the love triangle between Janey Morris; her husband William Morris, the writer and proponent of the arts and crafts movement; and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the Pre-Raphaelite painter. Noted theatre critic Nicholas De Jongh said of her performance in The Earthly Paradise that "Burrows takes to the stage like a swan to water...She deserves no end of watching". On 30 October 2005, she appeared on stage at the Old Vic theatre in London in a rehearsed reading of the 24-hour play Night Sky, alongside Christopher Eccleston. In 2006, Burrows was the female lead in the New Zealand thriller Perfect Creature, starring opposite Dougray Scott. That same year, Burrows worked with the iconic Chilean director Raoul Ruiz on KLIMT, his cinematic version of the life of Gustav Klimt, playing opposite John Malkovich, as the artist’s lover, a woman of many personalities, and nationalities.
She performed in Hal Hartley’s Fay Grim. Onstage in 2006, Burrows starred opposite David Schwimmer in Neil Labute’s world premiere of Some Girl(s) at the Gielgud theatre, London. She then starred opposite Don Cheadle and Adam Sandler in Mike Binder’s Reign Over Me. Burrows also played the female lead in the Indian thriller Broken Thread, by Mahesh Mathai, and Dangerous Parking, a drama directed by Peter Howitt. On television, Burrows played attorney Lorraine Weller on ABC's Boston Legal (Season 4) from 2007–08. She starred on NBC's 2008 series, My Own Worst Enemy. In 2008, Burrows starred in the independent film The Guitar, Amy Redford’s directorial debut, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival; whilst there, Burrows performed live on guitar with the band The Everyothers, opening for Mos Def and Patti Smith. In the same year, she also had a starring role as Martine Love in Roger Donaldson’s heist film The Bank Job opposite Jason Statham.
She played opposite Kevin Spacey in Jonas Pate’s movie Shrink. In the same year, Burrows contributed to the Actors Come Clean for Congo video for the Raise Hope for Congo campaign, a campaign of the Enough Project, in support of the conflict mineral issue. During 2010, she starred as Det. Serena Stevens on Law & Order: Criminal Intent opposite Jeff Goldblum. Burrows departed the main cast at the end of the ninth season. In September 2010, Burrows took part in the documentary feature film The People Speak, directed and produced by Colin Firth and Anthony Arnove, televised on the History Channel, linked with The People Speak (Film) - International. Burrows modeled for Marks & Spencer's autumn 2010 campaign for their Portfolio range. In 2012, Burrows performed opposite Rob Lowe in the political comedy Knife Fight. She has participated in the "24 Hour Plays" in London, New York, and Los Angeles.
As a writer, Burrows has written contributions in the form of diaries, book reviews, and articles for The Guardian, The Independent, and The Times newspapers, and The New Statesman magazine. Burrows speaks Spanish, Italian, and fluent French, and has performed in all three languages. French is her second language, having lived in Paris for five years as a teenager. She has performed in French on stage in Paris in The Powerbook and on French television. Saffron Burrows is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.
Personal life 
Burrows is a socialist and has spoken of her admiration for French Socialist politician Ségolène Royal. She joined an anti-racism group when she was 11 years old and she went on to become the Vice President of the National Civil Rights Movement. Burrows is a campaigner for disabled rights and equality.
For a number of years, Burrows was involved with film director Mike Figgis, and she starred in some of his films, including Miss Julie. Burrows was romantically involved with openly bi-sexual actor Alan Cumming for several years, while he was separated from his first wife. She has been romantically linked with another co-star, actress Fiona Shaw. The two appeared together in the National Theatre's production of The PowerBook, a play based on the novel of the same name by Jeanette Winterson, in which they played lovers.
In 2006, the Independent on Sunday listed Burrows as the 90th most influential gay person in the UK. In a 2003 interview, Alan Cumming said, "I was really lucky that the first relationship I had after [my divorce] was with Saffron, who's really... understanding and a broadminded person. And who's now, as I'm sure you know ... well, she bats for both teams too."
|1991||The Body Beautiful||Model||Short film|
|1993||In the Name of the Father||Girl in commune|
|1995||Circle of Friends||Nan Mahon|
|1995||The Big One||Jules|
|1995||Welcome II the Terrordome||Jodie|
|1996||Hotel de Love||Melissa Morrison|
|1997||One Night Stand||Supermodel|
|1997||The MatchMaker||Moira Kennedy Kelly|
|1999||Wing Commander||Lieutenant Commander "Angel" Deveraux|
|1999||The Loss of Sexual Innocence||English / Italian twin|
|1999||Deep Blue Sea||Dr. Susan McCallister|
|1999||Miss Julie||Miss Julie|
|2000||Gangster No. 1||Karen|
|2001||The Seventh Stream||Mairead|
|2001||Hotel||Duchess of Malfi|
|2002||Hideous Man||Short film|
|2003||The Galíndez File||Muriel Colber|
|2004||Krug||Grace Krug||Short film|
|2004||Terrible Kisses||Woman||Short film|
|2006||Klimt||Lea de Castro|
|2007||Reign Over Me||Donna Remar|
|2007||Marple: Towards Zero||Audrey Strange|
|2008||The Guitar||Melody Wilder|
|2008||The Bank Job||Martine Love|
|2009||The Eastmans||Dr. Anna Eastman|
|1992||Les cinq dernières minutes||Daisy Smith||Episode: "Meurtre en Ardèche"|
|1993||Full Stretch||Episode: "Family Affairs"|
|1996||Cold Lazarus||Sandra Sollars|
|1996||Crucial Tales||Sarah Brown||Episode: "I Bring You Frankincense"|
|2007–2008||Boston Legal||Lorraine Weller||20 episodes|
|2008||Wainy Days||Lucy||Episode: "Nan and Lucy"|
|2008||Agatha Christie's Marple||Audrey Strange||Episode: "Towards Zero"|
|2008||My Own Worst Enemy||Dr. Norah Skinner||9 episodes|
|2009||Kings||Death||Episode: "The Sabbath Queen" (episode 8)|
|2010||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Det. Serena Stevens||15 episodes|
|2011||Bones||Ike Latulippe||Episode: "The Finder" (season 6 episode 19)|
Awards and nominations 
Blockbuster Entertainment Award
- 2000: Nominated, "Favorite Newcomer Actress" – Deep Blue Sea
- 2008: Nominated, "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series" – Boston Legal
- 2009: Nominated, "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series" – Boston Legal
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- Stephen Holden (May 28, 1999). "Movie Review: The Loss of Sexual Innocence (1999): The Story of Adam and Eve, Sort Of". New York Times.
- "UA falls in love with Figgis' 'Miss Julie'". Variety.com. Retrieved 25 April 2012.
- James Mottram (22 August 2001). "Saffron Burrows: "Enigma"". BBC.
- Neil Smith (27 September 2001). "Enigma (2001)". BBC.
- Saffron Burrows (18 January 2001). "'Word comes through that another punch-up has taken place. Blimey. It's only day three...': Saffron Burrows' film diary of Tempted". The Guardian.
- "The Galindez File". IMDB. Retrieved 13 May 2012.
- Theater reviews: earthly Paradise
- "Earthly Paradise, Alameida Theatre". theguardian.co.uk.
- "The Road to Paradise Lost". thisislondon.co.uk.
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- The Literator (28 October 2005), "Cover Stories: Alwaleed: Businessman Billionaire Prince; Caroline Michel; Index on Censorship", The Independent (Independent Print Limited), retrieved 28 May 2011
- "Some Girl(s), Gielgud Theatre, Londont". Theindependent.co.uk.
- "Burrows Becomes Latest Actress To Sing". Retrieved 22 May 2012.
- Actors Come Clean for Congo on YouTube
- "Breaking News — USA Network Kicks Off Action-Packed Spring Lineup with New Seasons of Law & Order: Criminal Intent and In Plain Sight — TheFutonCritic.com". Retrieved 26 February 2010.
- "Saffron Burrows Interview", marksandspencertv (official Marks & Spencer channel) (YouTube), 13 August 2010, retrieved 28 May 2011
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- "Saffron Burrows speaks about a lack of justice in Mexico – Amnesty's Write for Rights video", The Guardian, 26 November 2011, retrieved 22 May 2012
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- Frost over the World, YouTube, 28 March 2008.
- "Saffron Burrows Embraces Lesbian Relationships On-screen and Off", AfterEllen.com, October 2003.[dead link]
- "The 50 Hottest Women of the UK". PopCrunch.com. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
- Higginbotham, Adam Cumming out on top. The Observer, Sunday 16 February 2003.
- "Mad About Saffron", Sydney Morning Herald, 15 May 2004.
- The PowerBook at the National Theatre
- "Gay Power: The pink list". Independent on Sunday. 2 July 2006. Retrieved 30 June 2009.
- Higginbotham, Adam (16 February 2003), "Cumming Out on Top", The Observer (Guardian Media Group), retrieved 28 May 2011
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