Deep Blue Sea
British actress Saffron Burrows first came to prominent as a fashion model for major designers like Yves Saint Laurent, before launching a prolific acting career. Making her debut in the critically-acclaimed In the Name of the Father (1993), Burrows received recognition for her roles in the romantic drama Circle of Friends (1995), Deep Blue Sea (1999), and is known for her frequent association with writer-director Mike Figgis in One Night Stand (1997), The Loss of Sexual Innocence and Miss Julie (both 1999), Timecode (2000) and Hotel (2001). Her more recent and upcoming credits include Troy (2004, with Brad Pitt), Klimt (2006, with John Malkovich), Perfect Creature (2006), Fay Grim (2006), Mike Binder’s Empty City (2006), Broken Thread (2006), There for Me (2006) and Complete History of the Breast (2006).
Off screen, Burrows is most well-known for her romantic relationship with the top filmmaker Mike Figgis and they was once lived together. Her love life has also been linked to In the Name of the Father co-star Daniel Day-Lewis and Alan Cumming. She is currently the spouse of the acclaimed Irish actress Fiona Shaw, and they reside in London.
Childhood and Family:
On January 1, 1973, Saffron Dominique Burrows was born in London, England, UK. A daughter of highly political, socialist-feminist parents, she used to spend her weekends selling the Socialist Worker, as well as attended rallies and marches throughout childhood. She was even forced to share her home with arresting miners. Saffron’s life was completely changed as a teenager when she began a career as a model. Following a two-year successful career, she put modeling on the backburner to chase the childhood dream of becoming an actress.
Circle of Friends
While in London’s Covent Garden, 15-year-old Saffron Burrows was spotted by a talent scout who discovered Naomi Campbell. She was an immediate hit, modeling in London and Paris for such top designers as Vivienne Westwood, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent. Two years later, however, the tall and attractive model chose to leave the catwalk behind in favor for an acting career.
Burrows got her start in the cinematic industry as a “Girl in Commune” in the critically-acclaimed drama In the Name of the Father (1993), along side Daniel Day-Lewis. It was followed by a costarring role opposite Suzette Llewellyn in the sci-fi movie Welcome II the Terrordome (1995) and a TV film debut, The Big One, that same year. Burrows had her first significant role as a ruthless Irish young woman in director Pat O’Connor’s Circle of Friends (1995), a respected romantic drama which also featured Chris O’Donnell, Minnie Driver, Geraldine O’Rawe, Colin Firth and Alan Cumming.
A relatively newcomer, Burrows made a stable career movement. She appeared in two miniseries by Dennis Potter, “Cold Lazarus” and “Karaoke” (both 1996), and costarred with Aden Young as Melissa Morrison in Hotel de Love (1996). She was even busier in the next year with four different movies under her belt, most notably One Night Stand, which was directed by the critically-acclaimed director of Leaving Las Vegas, Mike Figgis.
In 1998, Burrows had a major part in Woody Allen’s Celebrity, but fired due to inadequately vulgar. A year later, she was put on Hollywood mainstream with the big-budgeted Deep Blue Sea, playing the oceanographer heroine Dr. Susan McCallister. Her roller coaster career was further displayed when Burrows teamed up with Freddie Prinze, Jr. as starship pilot Lt. Cmdr. ‘Angel’ Devereaux in the middling video game adaptation Wing Commander (1999) since it was considered a bomb. Still in 1999, Burrows rejoined filmmaker-lover Mike Figgis in dramas The Loss of Sexual Identity (played twins) and Miss Julie, an adaptation of August Strindberg’s play of the same name. Burrows continued to collaborate with Figgis in the experimental Timecode (2000) and in his puzzling film Hotel (2001).
The actress also played roles in such movies as the British crime drama Gangster No. 1 (2000, opposite Paul Bettany and Malcolm McDowall), Michael Apted’s Enigma (2001, as a mysteriously disappeared girlfriend), Tempted (2001, portrayed Burt Reynolds’ young wife), Hideous Man (2002) and the highly-praised biopic Frida (2002, starred Salma Hayek). In the CBS “Hallmark Hall of Fame” presentation The Seventh Stream (2001), Burrows shared top bill with Scott Glenn, before costarring with Billy Burke in another TV film Flashpoint (2002). After a starring role opposite Harvey Keitel in the little-seen drama The Galindez File (2003) and a voice over work in Peter Pan (2003, voiced the story narrator), Burrows was put back on the Hollywood mainstream with Wolfgang Petersen’s Homeric epic Troy (2004), where she was cast opposite Brad Pitt as the ill-fated Trojan princess Andromache.
A year after performing in a one-night play called “Night Sky” (2005) at the Old Vic theatre in London, Burrows took on the supporting role of Lea de Castro in the biopic film Klimt (2006), starring John Malkovich, and reunited with Dougray Scott in writer/director Glenn Standring’s Perfect Creature (2006). She will soon play roles in the action/thriller Fay Grim (2006), Mike Binder’s Empty City (2006) opposite Adam Sandler, Don Cheadle, Jada Pinkett Smith and Liv Tyler and the Mahesh Mathai-helmed thriller Broken Thread (2006), costarring wit Linus Roache and Andrea Corr. Burrows is now in talk to have a role in a drama film, There for Me (2006), and set to star with Cary Elwes and John Hannah in the comedy Complete History of the Breast (2006).