MyAnna Buring

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MyAnna Buring
Myanna Buring at the Moet BIFA 2014.jpg
Anna Margaretha My Rantapää

(1979-09-22) 22 September 1979 (age 41)[1]
Sundsvall, Sweden
Alma mater
Years active2004–present

MyAnna Buring (Swedish: [mʏˈânːa ˈbʉ̂ːrɪŋ]; born 22 September 1979 as Anna Margaretha My Rantapää[2]) is a Swedish-born, UK-based actress, known for her roles in The Descent, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 and Part 2, Ripper Street, The Witcher and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Blood and Wine.

Early life[edit]

Buring was born 22 September 1979,[3] in Sundsvall, Sweden, as Anna Margaretha My Rantapää,[4] but grew up in the Middle East.

She attended secondary school at the American British Academy in Muscat, Oman, with her childhood friend Stegath Dorr, who is a character actor and a prolific horror filmmaker.

When she turned 16, she moved to the United Kingdom and graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in 2004. She was the associate director of the MahWaff Theatre Company.[5]



In 2006, Buring guest-starred in "The Impossible Planet", the first episode of a two-episode Doctor Who story. Her character, Scooti, perished in the vacuum of space.

Also in 2006, Buring played Olivia in a production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night by Exeter's Northcott Theatre Company, and appeared in a new play, Seduced, at London's Finborough Theatre. In 2008, Buring starred as Alice in the independent film Credo, also known as The Devil's Curse.

Buring also starred as Debbie in Much Ado About Nothing (BBC One), Midsomer Murders (ITV), Casualty (BBC One) and Murder Prevention (Channel 5). For MahWaff Theatre Company, she starred in Guardians, Monologue For An Ensemble and An Inspector Calls.

Buring played the role of the CND peace activist and student Adriana Doyle in series three, episode two, of Inspector George Gently, which was screened in the UK on BBC One in October 2010.

In 2012, Buring had significant supporting roles in the BBC drama serials Blackout and Ripper Street. She also joined the cast of Downton Abbey, playing the role of the maid Edna Braithwaite in the 2012 Christmas special episode and the fourth season.[6]

In December 2012, Buring played protagonist Karen Clarke, a woman who is haunted by her past which eventually catches up with her, in a two-part drama called The Poison Tree that was broadcast on ITV1.

In 2013, Buring appeared in an episode of NBC's Crossing Lines, playing villainess Anika Hauten.

In July 2017, she played the lead role of Manchester police Detective Inspector Helen Weeks in BBC 4-part drama In the Dark.[7]

Since 2019, she has played the role of Tissaia de Vries in the Netflix fantasy series The Witcher.

She played the role of Dawn Sturgess in the 2020 television series The Salisbury Poisonings.[8]


In her first film role, Buring starred in a leading role in the 2005 horror film The Descent, as one of the main characters among the women who ventured down into an uncharted cave system. Buring also appeared in the film's sequel, The Descent Part 2, in the form of flashbacks.[9]

She also starred in Doomsday in 2008.

Buring appeared as the female lead in the film Lesbian Vampire Killers, released to UK cinemas on 20 March 2009.

In May 2010, she appeared as Jozefa in Witchville for the SyFy channel.

Buring played the role of Tanya of the Denali Coven in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 and Part 2.

In 2011, Buring appeared in the horror film Kill List, in which she acted the part of the protagonist's wife.

Personal life[edit]

In May 2017, she gave birth to a son. Buring has been noted as being very private about her personal life.[10]


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Murder Prevention Michelle Wynne TV series, episode "Last Man Out: Part 1"
Casualty Kirsty Morrison TV series, episode "Past Imperfect"
2005 The Descent Sam
2006 Doctor Who Scooti Manista TV series, episode "The Impossible Planet"
The Omen Tabloid Reporter #2
2007 Grindhouse Featured Woman Segment "Don't"
English Language (with English Subtitles) Esther
The Bill Kim Heyes TV series, episode "Stealth Attack"
2008 Doomsday Cally
Midsomer Murders Mandy TV series, episode "Midsomer Life"
Freakdog Shelby
The Wrong Door Various TV series, 5 episodes
Credo Alice
2009 The Road to Vengeance
Lesbian Vampire Killers Lotte
City Rats Sammy
The Descent Part 2 Sam
2010 Comedy Lab Inga TV series, episode "Filth"
Witchville Jozefa TV movie
Devil's Playground Angela
Half Hearted Lauren
Inspector George Gently Adriana Doyle TV series, episode "Peace & Love"
Any Human Heart Ingeborg TV series, 1 episode
2011 Au Revoir Monkeys Anna
Super Eruption Claire TV movie
Way of the Morris Will-O'-Wisps (voice)
Kill List Shel
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Tanya
2012 White Heat Lilly TV series, 6 episodes
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Tanya
Blackout Sylvie BBC 1 Three-part drama
2012–2013 Downton Abbey Edna Braithwaite TV Series, 2012 Christmas special-Series 4
2012 The Poison Tree Karen Clarke ITV 1 two-part drama
2012–2016 Ripper Street Susan "Long Susan" Hart / Caitlin Swift TV series, series regular
2013 Agatha Christie's Marple Lucky Dyson Episode "A Caribbean Mystery"
Crossing Lines Anika Episodes "The Animals" and "Desperation & Desperados"
2014 The Great War: The People's Story Dorothy Lawrence TV Series
Hyena Lisa
2015 Prey Jules Hope Series 2
Dag Anne Series 4 regular
Banished Elizabeth Quinn TV series
Hot Property Melody Munro
2016 The Comedian's Guide to Survival Nell
2017 In the Dark DI Helen Weeks TV series
2018 One Night Elizabeth NRK TV series
2019 Killers Anonymous Joanna
The Witcher Tissaia de Vries TV series
2020 The Salisbury Poisonings Dawn Sturgess TV series

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2016 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine Anna Henrietta Voice


  1. ^ Sveriges befolkning 1980, Stockholm: Sveriges släktforskarförb., 2004, ISBN 91-87676-37-0
  2. ^ Sveriges befolkning 1980, Stockholm: Sveriges släktforskarförb., 2004, ISBN 91-87676-37-0
  3. ^ Ek, Torbjörn (1 January 2013). "Svenska "Downton Abbey"-stjärnan MyAnna Buring om sin stora hemlighet: "Säger man det får man inga jobb"". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
    - "Director Check: Myanna Buring". Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  4. ^ Sveriges befolkning 1980, Stockholm: Sveriges släktforskarförb., 2004, ISBN 91-87676-37-0
  5. ^ "The Waffs". Mahwaff Theatre Company. Retrieved 21 August 2007.
  6. ^ Marsh, Jenni (23 July 2012). "Twilight film star MyAnna Buring to vamp up Downton Abbey". Daily Express. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  7. ^ Harrison, Ellie. "In the Dark review: MyAnna Buring's rainy crime drama needs to delve deeper". Radio Times. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  8. ^ McIntosh, Steven (14 June 2020). "TV drama revisits Salisbury poison attack 'horror'". BBC News. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  9. ^ Rob Carnevale. "Lesbian Vampire Killers – MyAnna Buring interview". IndieLondon.
  10. ^ "Downton Abbey's MyAnna Buring confirms the birth of her baby boy". T I Media Limited. Retrieved 10 September 2018.

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