Saffron Burrows in Karlovy Vary (2008)
|Born||Saffron Domini Burrows
22 October 1972
London, England, UK
|Citizenship||United Kingdom and United States|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Spouse(s)||Alison Balian (m. 2013)|
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), Wing Commander (1999), Deep Blue Sea (1999), Gangster No. 1 (2000), Enigma (2001), Troy (2004), Reign Over Me (2007) and The Bank Job (2008), as well as starring as Lorraine Weller on Boston Legal (2007–08), Dr. Norah Skinner on My Own Worst Enemy (2008) and Detective Serena Stevens on Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
An only child, Burrows was born in London, England. Both her parents are socialists. Her father is an architect and teacher; her mother is a teacher and feminist. She was discovered in Covent Garden by the fashion photographer Beth Boldt. Burrows stands 5' 11" and had 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 young Irishwoman in Circle of Friends. She appeared in Ngozi Onwurah's Welcome II The Terrordome. Following this, she starred in the BBC production of Dennis Potter's Karaoke (1996). 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 appeared in the thriller film Deep Blue Sea and later played the title role in a film of Miss Julie, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
In 1999 she appeared with 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. She co-starred alongside Kate Winslet and Dougray Scott in Michael Apted's 1940s drama Enigma. Tom Stoppard adapted the Robert Harris novel of the same name for the screen. Burrows would star 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 some colleagues from Timecode, including Salma Hayek and Danny Huston in Venice, where she played the Duchess of Malfi. In 2002, she had a cameo role in Hayek's produced biopic Frida. After that, she dedicated herself to stage work. She 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 performed in Spanish in The Galindez File, a film written by Basque novelist Vazquez Montalban about a woman seeking the truth about the "disappearance" of a critic of the Dominican dictator Trujillo.
In 2004, she played the part of Andromache in Troy. In January 2005, she created the role of Janey in the world premiere of Earthly Paradise at the Almeida Theatre. The play of a 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. That same year, she worked with Chilean director Raoul Ruiz on Klimt, his cinematic version of the life of Gustav Klimt. In this film she played 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 played the female lead roles in the Indian film thriller Broken Thread, and in 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 2008, she had a starring role as Martine Love in Roger Donaldson’s heist film The Bank Job. She played opposite Kevin Spacey in Jonas Pate's Shrink. She has 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.
In 2010, she starred as Detective Serena Stevens on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, departing at the end of the ninth season. In September 2010, she 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.
In 2013 and 2014, Burrows joined the ranks of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on the ABC television show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. where she played the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Victoria Hand in a recurring role.
French is her second language; she 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. Burrows is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.
Burrows is openly bisexual, and has said that she "prefers the company of women". She was previously engaged to actor Alan Cumming in the 1990s, and dated director Mike Figgis for five years until 2002. In August 2013, two months after the US Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) – the law barring federal recognition of same-sex marriage – in United States v. Windsor, Burrows married her long-term girlfriend Alison Balian, a writer for the Ellen DeGeneres Show. The couple had been together for six and a half years; in 2012, Burrows gave birth to their son.
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.
In 2009 Burrows became an American citizen.
|1991||Body Beautiful, TheThe Body Beautiful||Model||Short film|
|1993||In the Name of the Father||Girl in commune|
|1995||Circle of Friends||Nan Mahon|
|1995||Big One, TheThe Big One||Jules|
|1995||Welcome II the Terrordome||Jodie|
|1996||Hotel de Love||Melissa Morrison|
|1997||One Night Stand||Supermodel|
|1997||MatchMaker, TheThe MatchMaker||Moira Kennedy Kelly|
|1999||Wing Commander||Lieutenant Commander "Angel" Deveraux|
|1999||Loss of Sexual Innocence, TheThe 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||Seventh Stream, TheThe Seventh Stream||Mairead|
|2001||Hotel||Duchess of Malfi|
|2002||Hideous Man||Short film|
|2003||Galíndez File, TheThe Galíndez File||Muriel Colber|
|2003||Peter Pan||Narrator/Adult Wendy||Voice|
|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||Guitar, TheThe Guitar||Melody Wilder|
|2008||Bank Job, TheThe Bank Job||Martine Love|
|2009||Eastmans, TheThe 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"|
|2007–08||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)|
|2013–14||The Crazy Ones||Helena||Season 1 Episode 5: "She's So European"|
|2013–14||Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||Victoria Hand||4 episodes|
|2014–present||Mozart in the Jungle||Cynthia||Series regular|
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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