MyAnna Buring

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MyAnna Buring
Myanna Buring at the Moet BIFA 2014.jpg
Born MyAnna Margartha Buring Rantapää
(1979-09-22) 22 September 1979 (age 37)
Sundsvall, Sweden
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–present

MyAnna Buring (Swedish: [ˌmʏˈanˈna ˈbʉːˈrɪŋ]; born MyAnna Margaretha Buring Rantapää; 22 September 1979) is a Swedish actress, known for her roles in The Descent, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 and Part 2, Ripper Street and Downton Abbey.

Early life[edit]

Buring was born 22 September 1979,[1][2] in Sundsvall, Sweden, as MyAnna Margaretha Buring Rantapää, but grew up in the Middle East. She has always retained her Swedish citizenship.

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 Great Britain and graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in 2004. She is also the associate director of the MahWaff Theatre Company.[3]



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; the scenes of her body floating towards a black hole were filmed in an underwater tank in Pinewood Studios, to create the effect of weightlessness.[4]

Also in 2006, Buring played Olivia in a production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night by Exeter's Northcott Theatre Company, alongside Sara Weymouth and David Gwillim, and appeared in a new play, Seduced, by Michael Kingsbury 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 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 maid Edna Braithwaite in the 2012 Christmas special episode and the fourth season.[5]

In December of 2012, MyAnna 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 her first film role Buring starred in a leading role in the 2005 horror film The Descent by director Neil Marshall. Her character, Sam, was one of the main characters among the women who ventured down into an uncharted cave system. Buring also appeared in the films sequel, The Descent Part 2, in the form of flashbacks.[6]

She also starred in Doomsday in 2008, linking her again with director Neil Marshall.

In 2009, Buring appeared as the female lead in the film Lesbian Vampire Killers opposite James Corden and Mathew Horne, which was released to UK cinemas 20 March 2009.

In May 2010, she appeared as Jozefa in Witchville for SyFy in the U.S. alongside Sarah Douglas.

Buring plays 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.


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


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ "Director Check: Myanna Buring". Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Mahwaff Theatre Company website". Retrieved 21 August 2007. 
  4. ^ "Doctor Who Confidential". BBC. BBC Three.  Missing or empty |series= (help)
  5. ^ Marsh, Jenni (23 July 2012). "Twilight film star MyAnna Buring to vamp up Downton Abbey". Daily Express. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Lesbian Vampire Killers – MyAnna Buring interview". IndieLondon. 

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