Saffron Burrows

Saffron Burrows

Highest Rated: 80% The Bank Job (2008)

Lowest Rated: 10% Wing Commander (1999)

Birthday: Oct 22, 1972

Birthplace: London, England, UK

A statuesque, six-foot-tall Brit gifted at portraying women with an icy cool exterior and a complex, fiery persona percolating underneath, former model Saffron Burrows built an early career on her innate physical beauty and quickly established that she was capable of portraying both soft corners and sharp edges. The daughter of highly political, socialist-feminist parents, as a child Burrows sold the Socialist Worker newsletter for pocket money, attended marches and rallies after school with her activist mother and stepfather, and shared her home with striking miners. Burrows was 15 when she was discovered by the same model scout who set Naomi Campbell on the path to fame, moving to Paris to work for Chanel, Vivienne Westwood and Yves St Laurent. After five years, however, she had became so disillusioned with the fashion industry that, having studied drama since her childhood, she segued into acting. At 20 Burrows was cast in her first starring role opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in "The Name of the Father" (1993), playing his girlfriend both on and off screen. Next Burrows enticed Chris O'Donnell to cheat on Minnie Driver in "Circle of Friends" (1995), and though the movie did not launch her in quite the same way it did Driver, her career steadily gathered steam-and she also became popular fodder for the hungry British press after an engagement to actor Alan Cumming ended when he left her for a man. On screen, Burrows next appeared as a nightclub hostess in two 1996 British TV 1996 productions written by Dennis Potter, "Karaoke" and "Cold Lazarus" (both seen in the USA on Bravo in 1997), and the actress co-starred as a woman who comes between two brothers in the Australian comedy "Hotel de Love" (1997). Burrows also starred as Janeane Garofalo's romantic competition for David O'Hara in "The Matchmaker" (1997) and was tapped for a role in Woody Allen's "Celebrity" (1998). Her strong turn as a moderately successful writer in the quirky comedy "Lovelife" (1997) was relegated to the video shelves but a bit in Mike Figgis' "One Night Stand" (also 1997) led him to cast her in a featured role as twins in "The Death and the Loss of Sexual Innocence" (1999), then as the leading lady in his adaptation of August Strindberg's play "Miss Julie" (1999), yet again in the ensemble cast of his experimental four-way split-screen, digitally shot "Timecode" (2000), and finally as the Duchess of Malfi in his film "Hotel" (2001). Her first bid for mainstream Hollywood stardom came in 1999 with a role as starship pilot Lt. Cmdr. 'Angel' Devereaux in the video game adaptation "Wing Commander" opposite Freddie Prinze, Jr., and as the oceanographer heroine of Renny Harlin's shark flick "Deep Blue Sea." She quickly returned back to artier, edgier and more high-minded fare, such as the British crime drama "Gangster No. 1" (2000) opposite Paul Bettany and Malcolm McDowell. Burrows' exotic, unreadable qualities came to the fore in director Michael Apted's "Enigma" (2001), a World War II thriller about the effort to crack Nazi spy codes in which she plays the lover of a code-cracker (Dougray Scott) who mysteriously disappears. In "Tempted" (2001) she played the beautiful young wife of an older man (Burt Reynolds) who puts her fidelity to the test by hiring a younger man (Peter Facinelli) to seduce her. Another frequent Figgis collaborator, Salma Hayek, cast Burrows in a supporting role in her highly-praised biopic "Frida" (2002), and the actress starred opposite Harvey Keitel in the little-seen drama "The Galindez File" (2003). Just as it seemed that Burrows and conventional Hollywood had significantly cooled on each other--her only mainstream role in years being the voice of the narrator in the 2003 film production of "Peter Pan"--until she was cast opposite Brad Pitt as the unfortunate Trojan princess Andromache in director Wolfgang Petersen's Homeric epic "Troy" (2004). After a supporting role in the foreign-made "Klimt" (2006), a biopic of famed Austrian artist Gustav Klimt (John Malkovich), Burrows played a mentally unstable dental patient who accuses her dentist (Don Cheadle) of sexual assault in "Reign Over Me" (2007). After starring in the drama "Dangerous Parking" (2007) and Amy Redford's "The Guitar" (2008), Burrows played the female lead opposite Jason Statham in action thriller "The Bank Job" (2008) and opposite Kevin Spacey in Hollywood satire "Shrink" (2009). During this period, Burrows also began working in television, co-starring on "Boston Legal" (ABC 2004-08) in its final season before joining "Law and Order: Criminal Intent" (NBC/USA 2001-2011) as a detective for the long-running show's ninth season. Following roles in black comedy "Small Apartments" (2012) and political thriller "Knife Fight" (2012), Burrows had an arc on superhero series "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." (ABC 2013- ), following by a starring role in steaming series "Mozart in the Jungle" (Amazon 2014- ). Between seasons of that series, she appeared in indie comedy "Quitters" (2015).

Highest rated movies

The Bank Job
Circle of Friends
Frida
Enigma
Gangster No. 1
Timecode
Reign Over Me
Deep Blue Sea

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
44% 55% Quitters Veronica (Character) - 2015
30% 41% Small Apartments Francine (Character) - 2012
28% 26% Knife Fight Sophia (Character) - 2012
27% 50% Shrink Kate Amberson (Character) $189.3K 2009
80% 74% The Bank Job Martine Love (Character) $30.0M 2008
33% 55% The Guitar Melody (Character) - 2008
64% 81% Reign Over Me Donna Remar (Character) $19.7M 2007
No Score Yet 72% Dangerous Parking Claire (Character) - 2007
46% 57% Fay Grim Juliet (Character) $61.8K 2006
32% 28% Klimt Lea De Castro (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 36% Perfect Creature Lilly (Character) - 2006
54% 73% Troy Andromache (Character) $133.2M 2004
77% 74% Peter Pan Story Narrator (Voice) $48.4M 2003
No Score Yet 27% The Galindez File Muriel Colbert (Character) - 2003
75% 85% Frida Gracie (Character) $25.8M 2002
No Score Yet 24% Tempted Lilly Le Blanc (Character) - 2001
41% 31% Hotel Duchess of Malfi (Character) $28.8K 2001
No Score Yet 58% The Seventh Stream Mairead (Character) - 2001
72% 54% Enigma Claire (Character) $4.3M 2001
71% 77% Gangster No. 1 Karen (Character) $30.9K 2000
68% 48% Timecode Emma (Character) $945.0K 2000
59% 39% Deep Blue Sea Dr. Susan McCallister (Character) $73.6M 1999
10% 25% Wing Commander Lt. Cmdr. "Angel" Devereaux (Character) $11.6M 1999
39% 52% Miss Julie Miss Julie (Character) $13.1K 1999
47% 60% The Loss of Sexual Innocence English/Italian Twin (Character) $299.8K 1999
No Score Yet 22% Nevada Quinn (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 28% Lovelife Zoey (Character) - 1997
50% 70% The Matchmaker Moira Kennedy Kelly (Character) $3.4M 1997
22% 54% Hotel de Love Melissa Morrison (Character) $131.0K 1996
78% 73% Circle of Friends Nan Mahon (Character) $21.7M 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Welcome II the Terror Dome Jodie (Character) - 1995

TV

Credit
90% 82% You Dottie Quinn (Character) 2021
95% 89% Elementary Ruby Carville (Guest Star) 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Home & Family Guest 2018
94% 91% Mozart in the Jungle Cynthia (Character) 2014-2016 2018
No Score Yet 33% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Access Hollywood Live Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly Guest 2015
95% 91% Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Unknown (Guest Star) 2013-2014
54% 67% The Crazy Ones Helena (Guest Star) 2013
90% 82% Bones Ike Latulippe (Guest Star) 2011
No Score Yet 84% Law & Order: Criminal Intent Detective Serena Stevens (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2010
73% No Score Yet My Own Worst Enemy Dr. Norah Skinner (Character) 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Agatha Christie's Marple Unknown (Character) 2008
86% 91% Boston Legal Lorraine Weller (Character) 2007-2008