- Saffron Burrows
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caption = Burrows at the 2008 Karlovy Vary Film Festival
birthname = Saffron Dominique Burrows
birthdate = birth date and age|1972|10|21
occupation = Actress
yearsactive = 1993 — present
Saffron Dominique Burrows (born
October 21, 1972) [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004787/ Saffron Burrows Biography] from imdb.com] is an English actress and former fashion model. Since 2007, she has been a member of the cast of the U.S. TV show " Boston Legal".
Burrows was born in
London, England, to a politically active family; both of her parents are socialists. [ [http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1285/is_1_29/ai_53567017 A surprise called Saffron - British actress Saffron Burrows - CSIVTR] , an interview from Find Articles] Her father is an architectand teacher and her mother, Susie,cite news|last=Benn|first=Tony|coauthors=|title=Tony Benn's diaries: How dare the gossips say my 'friendship' with Natasha Kaplinsky is just platonic?|pages=|publisher=Daily Mail|date= 2007-09-24|url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=483694&in_page_id=1770|accessdate=2007-09-25] is a teacher and feminist. At age fifteen, she was discovered by a modelling talent scout (she stands about 6 feet tall), and she began a successful modelling career.
Burrows debuted in the film "In the Name of the Father" (1993). Her first significant acting role was as an ambitious Irish lass in "Circle of Friends" (1995), which also featured
Chris O'Donnelland Minnie Driver. Subsequently she appeared in "Hotel de Love". In 1999, she appeared in the sci-fi "Wing Commander" (1999), the thriller " Deep Blue Sea", and " The Loss of Sexual Innocence". The following year she appeared in " Miss Julie" and "Timecode".
In 2001, she had roles in "Enigma", and "Tempted" with
Burt Reynolds, Peter Facinelliand Michael Arata. In 2004 she played the part of Andromachein the big-budget movie "Troy". In Jan 2005 she created the role of Janey in the world premiere of "Earthly Paradise" at the Almeida Theatre[ [http://variety.com/review/VE1117925812.html?categoryid=33&cs=1 Theater reviews: earthly Paradise] ] and on 30 October, 2005she appeared on stage at the Old Victheatre in Londonin a 24-hour play, " Night Sky", alongside Christopher Eccleston, Bruno Langley, David Warner, Navin Chowdhryand David Baddiel.
As of 2007 Burrows plays attorney Lorraine Weller on ABC's "
Boston Legal" (Season 4).
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".
Burrows is a close friend of politician
Tony Benn. [See the numerous references to Burrows in Tony Benn's "More Time for Politics: Diaries 2001-2007" (Hutchinson 2007).] She is also a socialist and has spoken of her admiration for French Socialist politician Ségolène Royal. [ [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8It-elFQSc YouTube - Frost over the World - Saffron Burrows - 28 Mar 08 ] ] 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.
In a 1999 interview with "Film Unlimited", Burrows revealed that she is
bisexual. [ [http://saffron-burrows.com/library/Misc-FilmUnlimited-October241999.php "Swimming with sharks"] , Film Unlimited (via saffron-burrows.com), October 24, 1999] 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. [ [http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/05/14/1084289875211.html "Mad About Saffron"] , Sydney Morning Herald, May 15 2004] [http://www.afterellen.com/People/saffronburrows.html "Saffron Burrows Embraces Lesbian Relationships On-screen and Off"] , AfterEllen.com, October 2003] [ [http://observer.guardian.co.uk/magazine/story/0,11913,710122,00.html "A hint of Saffron"] , The Observer, May 5 2002] Neither actress has publicly confirmed or denied the relationship. The two appeared together in the National Theatre's production of "The PowerBook", [ [http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/?lid=1190 "The PowerBook"] at the National Theatre] a play based on the novel of the same name by Jeanette Winterson, in which they played lovers.
*"In the Name of the Father" (1993)
*"Circle of Friends" (1995)
Cold Lazarus" (1996) ( miniseries)
*"Loss of Sexual Innocence" (1999)
*"Wing Commander" (1999)
Deep Blue Sea" (1999)
Miss Julie" (1999)
Gangster No. 1" (2000)
*"Peter Pan" (2003) (voice)
Perfect Creature" (2006)
Fay Grim" (2006)
Reign Over Me" (2007)
*"Dangerous Parking" (2007)
Boston Legal" (2007--2008)
The Guitar" (2008)
The Bank Job" (2008)
*imdb name|id=0004787|name=Saffron Burrows
*Screenonline name|id=1189097|name=Saffron Burrows biography and filmography
* [http://www.newstatesman.com/writers/saffron_burrows Articles written by Saffron Burrows] for the "
New Statesman" UK
* Saffron Burrow's Guest DJ Set on KCRW [http://www.kcrw.com/music/programs/gd/gd080514saffron_burrows KCRW Guest DJ Set]
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