Saffron Burrows

Active - 1993 - 2018  |   Born - Oct 22, 1972 in London, England  |   Genres - Drama, Thriller, Romance

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Biography by Rebecca Flint Marx

Tall, slim, and possessing impossibly large cheekbones, English actress Saffron Burrows first came to the attention of international audiences with her role in Circle of Friends (1995). Burrows, who had made her screen debut two years earlier in Jim Sheridan's In the Name of the Father, was cast as one of Minnie Driver's titular circle, an Irish girl who makes the mistake of getting involved with an older, morally suspect Englishman (Colin Firth).

Thanks to the film's great success, Burrows found herself steadily employed, though not always in films of great quality. In 1999, she earned the label of "star on the rise" thanks to leading roles in four different films. Two of these, Wing Commander and Deep Blue Sea, were big-budget action films, while the others were art-house dramas directed by Mike Figgis. The first, The Loss of Sexual Innocence, cast Burrows as identical twins separated at birth, while the second, Miss Julie, was an adaptation of August Strindberg's play that featured Burrows as the title character, a wealthy young woman who enters into a ruinous affair with a servant.

Later gravitating toward television with roles in Boston Legal, My Own Worst Enemy, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Bones, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Burrows continued to hone her skills as a journalist by penning articles for such prominent British publications as The Guardian and The Times of London while she wasn't plying her trade in front of the cameras.

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  • Began modeling after being discovered at age 14 by a talent scout (the same one who discovered Naomi Campbell) while shopping in London's Covent Garden.
  • Made her movie debut in the 1993 British political drama In the Name of the Father.
  • Was fired from the 1998 Woody Allen movie Celebrity for "not being vulgar enough."
  • Has appeared in a number of films directed by her former lover, Mike Figgis, including One Night Stand, The Loss of Sexual Innocence, Timecode and Hotel.
  • A part-time journalist, she has written reviews and articles for such British publications as the Times of London, the Guardian, the Independent and the Spectator.
  • The daughter of politically active parents, she's an activist herself, and has been an officer of the British organization the National Civil Rights Movement.