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Saffron Domini Burrows (born 22 October 1972) 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 Londonmarker, Englandmarker, 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 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 Theatremarker, and on 30 October 2005 she appeared on stage at the Old Vicmarker 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.

In 2010, she will replace actress Julianne Nicholson; who plays the character Megan Wheeler, in the ninth season of Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

Personal life

Burrows is a close friend of politician Tony Benn. She is also a socialist and has spoken of her admiration for French Socialistmarker 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. 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. Neither actress has publicly confirmed or denied 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, despite her having not apparently categorized herself as either lesbian or bisexual.



  1. BURROWS, Saffron, BFI (British Film Institute) Film & TV Database
  2. A surprise called Saffron - British actress Saffron Burrows - CSIVTR, an interview from Find Articles
  3. Theater reviews: earthly Paradise
  4. See the numerous references to Burrows in Tony Benn's More Time for Politics: Diaries 2001-2007 (Hutchinson 2007).
  5. YouTube - Frost over the World - Saffron Burrows - 28 Mar 08
  6. "Swimming with sharks", Film Unlimited (via, 24 October 1999
  7. "Saffron Burrows Embraces Lesbian Relationships On-screen and Off",, October 2003
  8. "Mad About Saffron", Sydney Morning Herald, 15 May 2004
  9. "A hint of Saffron", The Observer, 5 May 2002
  10. "The PowerBook" at the National Theatre

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