"I’m delighted to be involved with "Damages" and it really was a dream come true. A year ago if someone had asked me what I would like to be doing in a year’s time it would be playing an American in a well written, well directed TV show out here, I wouldn't have believed it. So that really was my kind of first dream and now I’ve achieved that and hopefully will gain some longevity from that." Anastasia Griffith.
France-born British actress Anastasia Griffith, who moved to New York City in late 2006, is now familiar among American TV viewers for her role as Katie Connor on the FX legal drama “Damages” (2007-Present). Meanwhile, she has guest-starred in the TV series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "New Amsterdam," "Lipstick Jungle," and "The Cleaner."
On the big screen, this 5' 8" actress has appeared in the British films "Alfie" (2004) and "The Headsman" (2005). She will next be seen alongside Jenna Fischer, Mary-Louise Parker, Michael Douglas, Susan Sarandon, and Danny DeVito in her first American film, "Solitary Man."
“It's like a muscle I think; you've got to just keep it sharpened and keep it flexed and keep your ear in it.” Anastasia Griffith (on perfecting an American accent).
More personally, Griffith dated her “Dirty Filthy Love” (2004) co-star Michael Sheen (born on February 5, 1969) after he broke up with actress Kate Beckinsale.
Childhood and Family:
“For people who don't know, I've got six older brothers and I am the only girl and the youngest. I think secretly they were a lot more protective than they ever let on to me. You know, people have told me since, being an adult, that my brothers are fiercely protective of me, but they've never kind of let me know that, which I think is probably a good thing.” Anastasia Griffith.
Born in Paris, France on March 23, 1978 to an Northern Irish mother (once an actress herself) and American father, Anastasia Griffith, nicknamed “Sas,” grew up with six older brothers in West London where she still remains today. She is the younger sister actor Jamie Bamber (born on April 3, 1973; plays Lee Adama in “Battlestar Galactica”) and the sister-in-law of his actress wife Kerry Norton (born in 1973; plays Paramedic Layne Ishay on "Battlestar Galactica").
“Oh, I would love it if he would, I would love it. It's not really up to me, but if a suitable role came up I would certainly be the first person to suggest that he comes on. It would be fantastic to work with him.” Anastasia Griffith (on the idea of his brother guest-starring on her show, "Damages").
After completing a degree in History of Art at Bristol University, Anastasia was trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
“I think (my) Dad is old school and thinks it's more fitting for a daughter to go into acting than it is a for a son, but having said that, he's done everything he can to encourage me to do other things. He's got huge confidence in my intelligence and my ability to do things and also to act. But he just has no trust, I think, in the world of acting.” Anastasia Griffith.
After having traditional theatre training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Anastasia Griffith made her television debut in 2004 in the made-for-television movies "She's Gone" "aka. "Disappeared"), a drama starring Ray Winstone, and "Dirty Filthy Love," a romantic drama/comedy starring Michael Sheen.
That same year, she was also cast in the films "Alfie" (starring Jude Law), Charles Shyer's big screen version of Bill Naughton's play, and "Turn," a 9-minute intriguing short drama helmed by Joseph White and co-starring Tom Sambrook. Additionally, she appeared in the straight-to-video released thriller, "Nature Unleashed: Fire."
In 2005, Griffith co-starred with Nikolaj Coster Waldau and Peter McDonald in Simon Aeby's drama film set before the background of the turmoils of the Lutheran Reformation, "The Headsman." The film that was filmed in Austria and Hungary was nominated for the Grand Prix des Amériques at that year's Montréal World Film Festival.
Meanwhile, Griffith was spotted as a guest in two episodes of BBC One's sitcom, "The Worst Week of My Life," starring Ben Miller and Sarah Alexander.
“No, we're kept very much in the dark. I think this happens with all big TV shows, which are going to be subject to twists and turns and I think it's quite right that we don't know everything to begin with because we'll give too much away.” Anastasia Griffith (on knowing the direction of her show, "Damages").
In December 2006, Griffith moved to New York City and was being handled by Paradigm agency, who got her to audition for the role of Katie Connor on the FX drama series “Damages.” She has been playing the hot, and somewhat indiscreet drug-using and slutty restaurateur since the show's premiere on July 24, 2007. “Damages,” which also stars Glenn Close, Rose Byrne, Tate Donovan, and Ted Danson, has been renewed for a third season and the cast have also signed up for six seasons.
On playing Katie Connor on "Damages" Griffith said, “I think my biggest challenge generally is always to be as truthful as possible in the scenario that the character is in and not bring too much of my own interpretation of how I would respond to something, but really see it from the character's point of view.”
She also compared herself to her character on "Damages," “People have things that they don't want to share with the rest of the world, or at least it's not how they want to be perceived and I don't think anything Katie is doing, you know, she's maybe foolish and living by her gut. But I think she's a very impulsive girl and I guess that's something, yes, that's something I can relate to. I'm generally described as kind of impulsive.”
And talking about working on "Damages," Griffith revealed, “I think for any young actress working with Glenn Close is a dream come true. I mean she really is at the top of her game, whether that be theater, film or television, and also Ted Danson, Rose Byrne; it just has an incredible cast. And the writing, too, is fantastic.”
During her “Damages” stint, Griffith was spotted as a guest in an episode of NBC police procedural drama series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," FOX drama starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, "New Amsterdam," NBC comedy-drama starring Brooke Shields, "Lipstick Jungle," and A&E drama series starring Benjamin Bratt, "The Cleaner."
"Well, literally this week I’m filming an episode for a Fox TV show called "New Amsterdam". I’m doing a guest star role in their first episode after the pilot and playing a Brit, actually, which has been really nice. And other than that, I have nothing lined up right now, although I’m looking very much into doing some theater. I would love to do something in New York City when we’ve got some down time. I’m traditionally trained. I was trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and I’m really keen to sort of put my theatrical training back into use." Anastasia Griffith.
Griffith will soon complete filming her upcoming film project, "Solitary Man," co-directed and written by Brian Koppelman and featuring Jenna Fischer, Mary-Louise Parker, Michael Douglas, Susan Sarandon, and Danny DeVito.
“That's real life, you know, actually however much we love to try and put people in boxes it's next to impossible and you know the interesting thing about being a human being is this kind of dichotomy between good and bad and the light and the dark.” Anastasia Griffith.