Though most audiences will likely remember getting their first glimpse of the lovely Gabrielle Anwar when she took the dance floor as Al Pacino's tango partner from 1992's Scent of a Woman, she had previously appeared in numerous British miniseries' since the late '80s. Breaking into American cinema opposite Richard Grieco in the 1991 teen spy comedy If Looks Could Kill, Anwar soon found herself climbing the credits list after her charm and skillful footwork left audience hungering for more. Born in the daughter of an Indian film editor and a British actress in Laleham, Middlesex, England, in February of 1970, ruffian Anwar was kicked out of school for fighting in her early years, though she later opted to study drama and dance in London. Anwar made her television debut in Jim Henson's The Storyteller (1987), followed by her film debut in 1988's Manifesto, and after appearing in such British miniseries as Summer's Lease, First Born, and Press Gang (all in 1989), it was time to cross the pond with mate Craig Sheffer and make her bid for Hollywood. Following her eye-catching turn in Scent of a Woman, the fledgling starlet faced an unearthly horror in Abel Ferrara's Body Snatchers, romanced Michael J. Fox in For Love or Money (both 1993), and appeared opposite Andy Garcia in Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995). Though it certainly seemed as if Anwar's career was headed in the right direction, a series of low-budget efforts in the late '90s, as well as a rumor that she had lost the lead role in Titanic to Kate Winslet, seemed to stall her rise to stardom. Taking a cue from her early years, Anwar turned toward television. She gained positive notice for her role as Fidel Castro's secret lover in the 1999 made-for-television feature My Little Assassin, and a few short years later she appeared in the short lived sci-fi mystery series John Doe. Still appearing frequently in features, the woman voted as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world by People Magazine (in 1993) could be spotted in such efforts as Save it for Later and Mob Dot Com in 2003. Though she continued to work steadily in movies, she found success on the small screen when she took the part of Fiona Glenanne, a lethal ex IRA soldier working and an expert in explosives, in the USA series Burn Notice starting in 2007 -- the same year she appeared on the Showtime historical drama series The Tudors. Anwar stayed with Burn Notice for the full series run, with the show ending in 2013.
Biography by Jason Buchanan
- Began acting on British television in her teens.
- Moved to Los Angeles at 19 with actor Craig Sheffer, whom she'd met in London.
- Made her film debut in Manifesto in 1988.
- Made a memorable appearance in Scent of a Woman as Al Pacino's tango partner.
- Returned to TV during the summer of 2007 in two series almost simultaneously---as Princess Margaret in The Tudors and as Fiona, an ex-IRA soldier, in Burn Notice.