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Date of Birth: 22 October 1972
Place of Birth: London, England, UK
Birth Name: Saffron Domini Burrows
Height: 6' (1.83 m)
Saffron Dominique Burrows (born 22 October 1972) is an English actress and former fashion model, who currently stars as Det. Serena Stevens on Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
Burrows was born in London, England, to a politically active family; both of her parents are socialists. Her father is an architect and teacher and her mother, Susie, is a teacher and feminist. At 15, she was discovered by Beth Boldt, a modelling talent scout (Burrows stands about 6 feet tall), and began a successful modelling career.
Burrows made her film debut in In the Name of the Father (1993). Her first significant acting role was as an ambitious Irish woman in Circle of Friends (1995). Subsequently she appeared in Hotel de Love (1996). In 1999, she appeared in the sci-fi Wing Commander (1999), the thriller Deep Blue Sea, and the experimental film The Loss of Sexual Innocence. The following year she appeared in Miss Julie and Timecode.
In 2001, she had roles in Enigma, and Tempted. In 2004 she played the part of Andromache in the big-budget movie Troy. In January 2005 she created the role of Janey in the world premiere of Earthly Paradise at the Almeida Theatre, and on 30 October 2005 she appeared on stage at the Old Vic theatre in London in a 24-hour play, Night Sky, alongside Christopher Eccleston, Bruno Langley, David Warner, Navin Chowdhry and David Baddiel.
Burrows played attorney Lorraine Weller on ABC's Boston Legal (Season 4) from 2007-2008. She starred on NBC's new series, My Own Worst Enemy until its cancellation.
In 2008, she appeared in the independent film The Guitar, which made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival, as well as in a starring role in the heist film The Bank Job.
Starting March 30, 2010, she is starring as Det. Serena Stevens on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, where she replaced Julianne Nicholson; who played the character of Det. Megan Wheeler until the end of season 8.
Burrows is a close friend of politician Tony Benn. She is also 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 and she is a campaigner for disabled rights and equality.
In a 1999 interview with Film Unlimited, Burrows revealed that she has had female lovers. That same year her former fiancé, actor Alan Cumming, revealed that he was bisexual. For a number of years, she was involved with film director Mike Figgis, and she starred in some of his films, including Miss Julie - one of the first films to experiment with multi-camera views, and Figgis' quad-screen film, Timecode. Prior to Figgis, she lived with her Circle of Friends co-star Alan Cumming for 2 years, while he was separated from his first wife; she attended his 2007 wedding to illustrator Grant Shaffer.
Since leaving Figgis, she has been romantically linked with another co-star, actress Fiona Shaw. Neither actress has publicly commented on the relationship. The two appeared together in the National Theatre's production of The PowerBook, a play based on the novel of the same name by Jeanette Winterson, in which they played lovers.
In 2006 the Independent on Sunday listed Burrows as the 90th most influential gay person in the UK. In a 2003 interview ex-boyfriend Alan Cumming said "I was really lucky that the first relationship I had after [my divorce] was with Saffron, who's really...understanding and a broadminded person. And who's now...As I'm sure you know...Well. She bats for both teams, too."
She is left-handed.
|1993||In the Name of the Father||Girl in Commune|
|1995||Welcome II the Terrordome||Jodie|
|Circle of Friends||Nan Mahon|
|1996||The Shaman||Short film|
|I Bring You Frankincense||Sarah Brown||Short film|
|Hotel de Love||Melissa Morrison|
|One Night Stand||Supermodel|
|The Matchmaker||Moira Kennedy Kelly|
|1999||Wing Commander||Lt. Cmdr. 'Angel' Devereaux|
|The Loss of Sexual Innocence||English/Italian Twin|
|Deep Blue Sea||Dr. Susan McCallister|
|Miss Julie||Miss Julie|
|Gangster No. 1||Karen|
|Hotel||Duchess of Malfi|
|Hideous Man||Short film|
|2003||El Misterio Galíndez||Muriel Colber|
|Peter Pan||Story Narrator||Voice Role|
|Terrible Kisses||Woman||Short film|
|Klimt||Lea de Castro|
|Reign Over Me||Donna Remar|
|2008||The Guitar||Melody Wilder|
|The Bank Job||Martine Love|
|T Takes: Room 117||The Guest in Room 117||Web series|
|1992||Les cinq dernières minutes||Daisy||Episode: Meurtre en Ardèche|
|1995||The Big One||Jules||TV-Movie|
|1996||Karaoke||Sandra Sollars||4 episodes|
|Cold Lazarus||Sandra Sollars||4 episodes|
|2001||The Seventh Stream||Mairead||TV-Movie|
Alternative title: E.I.S.: Epidemiologic Intelligence Service
|2007||Marple: Towards Zero||Audrey Strange||TV-Movie|
|2007–2008||Boston Legal||Lorraine Weller||20 episodes|
|2008||Wainy Days||Lucy||Web seriesEpisode: Nan and Lucy|
|My Own Worst Enemy||Dr. Norah Skinner||9 episodes|
|2009||Kings||Death||Episode: The Sabbath Queen|
|The Eastmans||Dr. Anna Eastman||TV-Pilot|
|2010–present||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Det. Serena Stevens|
Awards and nominations
Blockbuster Entertainment Award
- 2000: Nominated, "Favorite Newcomer Actress" - Deep Blue Sea
Screen Actors Guild Awards
- 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
- Born to political active family, both of her parents are Socialists. Her father works as an architect and teacher, while her mother Susie is a teacher, supporting the feminist movement. In childhood, she sold the Socialist Worker newsletter for pocket money, attended marches and rallies after school with her activist mother and stepfather and even shared her home with striking miners.
- She was discovered at 15 in Covent Garden, by the same scout who discovered Naomi Campbell, and embarked on a successful career as a model. She modeled in Paris and London for Chanel, Yves Saint-Laurent and Vivienne Westwood. But she'd studied drama since she was a child and made her first film at the age of 17, leaving the catwalk behind.
- 2006 UK newspaper "The Independent"'s Pink List - a list of the most influential gay men and women - placed Burrows at no. 90, citing a rumored relationship with "Harry Potter" and The Black Dahlia (2006) actress Fiona Shaw.
- Good friends with politician Tony Benn.
- Plays acoustic guitar.
- Drives a Lexus hybrid car.
- Favorite department store: Liberty of London (UK).
- Favorite movies include: Julia (1977), Tootsie (1982) and Silkwood (1983), etc.
- Lost out to Rosamund Pike for the role of Miranda Frost in Die Another Day (2002).
- Became an American citizen in 2009.