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Saffron Burrows

Burrows at the 2008 Karlovy Vary Film Festival
Born Saffron Dominique Burrows
22 October 1972 (1972-10-22) (age 37)
London, England, UK
Occupation Actress
Years active 1993—present

Saffron Dominique Burrows (born 22 October 1972)[1][2] is an English actress and former fashion model. She also starred in the 2008 NBC series, My Own Worst Enemy.


Early life

Burrows was born in London, England, to a politically active family; both of her parents are socialists.[3] Her father is an architect and teacher and her mother, Susie,[4] is a teacher and feminist.[1] At age fifteen, she was discovered by Beth Boldt, a modelling talent scout (she stands about 6 feet tall), and she 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,[5] 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. [6]

Personal life

Burrows is a close friend of politician Tony Benn.[7] She is also a socialist and has spoken of her admiration for French Socialist politician Ségolène Royal.[8] 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[9] 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.[10] 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.

Since the ending of that relationship, she has been romantically linked with actress Fiona Shaw.[9][11][12] Neither actress has publicly commented on the relationship. The two appeared together in the National Theatre's production of The PowerBook,[13] 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,[14]. In a 2003 interview a former 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."[15]


Year Film Role Other notes
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
1997 Lovelife Zoey
Nevada Quinn
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
2000 Assumptions Short film
Timecode Emma
Gangster No. 1 Karen
2001 Enigma Claire Romilly
Tempted Lily LeBlanc
Hotel Duchess of Malfi
2002 Frida Gracie
Hideous Man Short film
2003 El Misterio Galíndez Muriel Colber
Peter Pan Story Narrator Voice Role
2004 Troy Andromache
Terrible Kisses Woman Short film
2006 Perfect Creature Lily
Klimt Lea de Castro
Fay Grim Juliet
2007 Broken Thread Jenny
Reign Over Me Donna Remar
Dangerous Parking Claire
2008 The Guitar Melody Wilder
The Bank Job Martine Love
T Takes: Episode 6 The Guest in Room 117 Short film
2009 Shrink Kate Amberson
Year Title Role Notes
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
2002 Flashpoint Dara TV-Pilot
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 series
Episode: 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 [6]

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


  1. ^ a b "from". (subscription required). 
  2. ^ BURROWS, Saffron, BFI (British Film Institute) Film & TV Database
  3. ^ A surprise called Saffron - British actress Saffron Burrows - CSIVTR, an interview from Find Articles
  4. ^ Benn, Tony (2007-09-24). "Tony Benn's diaries: How dare the gossips say my 'friendship' with Natasha Kaplinsky is just platonic?". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  5. ^ Theater reviews: earthly Paradise
  7. ^ See the numerous references to Burrows in Tony Benn's More Time for Politics: Diaries 2001-2007 (Hutchinson 2007).
  8. ^ YouTube - Frost over the World - Saffron Burrows - 28 Mar 08
  9. ^ a b "Saffron Burrows Embraces Lesbian Relationships On-screen and Off",, October 2003
  10. ^ "Swimming with sharks", Film Unlimited (via, 24 October 1999
  11. ^ "Mad About Saffron", Sydney Morning Herald, 15 May 2004
  12. ^ "A hint of Saffron", The Observer, 5 May 2002
  13. ^ "The PowerBook" at the National Theatre
  14. ^ "Gay Power: The pink list". Independent on Sunday. 2 July 2006. Retrieved 30 June 2009. 
  15. ^ "Saffron Burrows Embraces Lesbian Relationships On-Screen and Off". After Ellen. October 2003. Retrieved 17 February 2010. 

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