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Saffron Burrows's Biography

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Saffron Burrows was born in October 1972, in London.

Her parents were radical socialists, he an architect and she a teacher.

Saffron Burrows was spotted in Covent Garden, in London's West End, by the same talent scout who had spotted Naomi Campbell. A successful modelling career ensued.

In 1993 she took a small role (‘Girl in Commune’) in Jim Sheridan’s ‘In the Name of the Father’, which introduced her to Daniel Day-Lewis, whom she dated for a few years.

In 1995 Saffron Burrows had a more substantial part in ‘Circle of Friends’, starring Minnie Driver. On this shoot she met Alan Cumming, to whom she became attached.

In 1997 she began a relationship both professional and personal, with director Mike Figgis. They made five films together: ‘One Night Stand’, ‘The Loss of Sexual Innocence’, ‘Miss Julie’, ‘Timecode’ and ‘Hotel’.

Saffron’s first lead role was in ‘Deep Blue Sea’ (1999); she starred in ‘Enigma’ in 2001 and ‘Frida’ in 2002; her most celebrated film role is probably that of Andromache in ‘Troy’ (2004)

In June 2005 she starred in the West End with David Schwimmer in Neil LaBute's play ‘Some Girl(s)’.

Saffron Burrows is a regular character (‘Lorraine Weller’) on the TV series ‘Boston Legal’.

At the time of them both acting in The Power Book at the National Theatre, various reports speculated on Saffron Burrows being romantically linked with Fiona Shaw, who played Mrs. Dursley in the Harry Potter movies.

In 1998, Saffron Burrows was reportedly fired from Woody Allen's ‘Celebrity’ for "not being vulgar enough."

In 2008 her films included The Guitar (directed by Amy Redford), and The Bank Job and she was working on ‘Love and Virtue’, playing Bradamante to Damian Lewis’s Orlando. The movie also features Peter O'Toole, John Malkovich and Daryl Hannah and was being directed by Raoul Ruiz.

In 2013, she married Alison Bailan. They have a son.

In the same year she was cast in S.H.I.E.L.D.

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