Gabrielle Anwar is an English actress, known for her roles in the 1990s films Scent of a Woman, The Three Musketeers, and Body Snatchers. Notable television roles include the fashion-conscious graphic designer Sam Black in the second series of the Children's ITV series Press Gang and Margaret Tudor on The Tudors. Since 2007, she has starred as Fiona Glenanne opposite Jeffrey Donovan on the USA Network television series Burn Notice.
Gabrielle Anwar has incomparable looks and more than enough charm to make her a very sexy woman. FHM certainly concurred with that assessment when they put Gabrielle on their 100 Sexiest Women in the World list two years running, in 1996 and 1997. Gabrielle has taste and class; one of her ex-boyfriends, actor Craig Sheffer, first won her heart by quoting from a Thomas Hardy novel Gabrielle was reading.
Gabrielle’s somewhat tempestuous personal history might douse the flames of desire for some men, however. Gabrielle has had a number of relationships fall apart publicly, and she now has three children from two of them. Gabrielle’s family life might not have become quite as complicated -- or violent -- as that of the Tudor dynasty, but it’s clear that Gabrielle has enough baggage to give a gentleman pause.
Anwar was born in Laleham, Middlesex, England. Her mother, Shirley, is an English actress, and her father, Tariq Anwar, is an Indian-born award-winning British film producer and editor. She is also of part Austrian descent. Anwar attended Laleham C. of E. Primary and Middle School from 1975 to 1982; an end-of-term St. Trinians sketch in the school concert of 1982 gave an early indication of her theatrical leanings. She studied at a London drama and dance school.
Anwar's acting debut was in the British miniseries Hideaway. She made her film debut in Manifesto, which was followed by more British television productions including First Born, Summer's Lease, Press Gang, and The Mysteries of the Dark Jungle. While working on movies and television in London, she met American actor Craig Sheffer, and moved with him to Hollywood. Anwar and Sheffer have co-starred in a number of American movies together, such as In Pursuit of Honor, The Grave, Turbulence 3: Heavy Metal, Flying Virus, Save It for Later, Water Under the Bridge, and Long Lost Son.
Her first American movie was Teen Agent where she played the daughter of a murdered British Agent (played by Roger Daltrey). In 1992 she made a guest appearance on Beverly Hills, 90210 as Tricia Kinney. She followed that with the films Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken, Scent of a Woman, Body Snatchers, For Love or Money, and The Three Musketeers. In 1993, People magazine named her one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world.
One of her most memorable moments on screen came in 1992's Scent of a Woman when she danced a tango with Al Pacino, whose character was blind.
Anwar has appeared in the TV series John Doe and recently acted in The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines. Anwar plays Princess Margaret, sister of Henry VIII of England, on Showtime's The Tudors, which debuted in April 2007.
Gabrielle Anwar Quotes
"I`ve been hounded by a reputation of being difficult when really what I`m being is truthful and honest. And I think that`s been a thorn in my side. I auditioned for a lot of work and got some good feedback, and then was told I wasn`t the choice. "
"Being married is something I don't care to repeat because, for me, it's been an idea of something that is an unfair ritual."
"Yoga is the only form of exercise I have ever understood. I would rather naturally birth quadruplets than step inside a gym."
"I've been hounded by a reputation of being difficult when really what I'm being is truthful and honest. And I think that's been a thorn in my side. I auditioned for a lot of work and got some good feedback, and then was told I wasn't the choice."
I always thought it was about as cheesy as it gets. And it remains… the plastered-on smiles, the glitter, the glam -- it’s kind of like wrestling to me.”
- Gabrielle Anwar
Film and Television:
* Driving Lessons .... Nina (2009)
* iMurders .... Lindsay Jefferies (2009)
* Law and Order: Special Victims Unit .... Eva Sintzel (2008)
* Burn Notice .... Fiona ... (2007)
* The Tudors .... Princess Margaret (6 episodes, 2007)
* Crazy Eights (2006) .... Beth Patterson
* The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines (2006) (TV) .... Emily Davenport
* Long Lost Son (2006) (TV) .... Kirsten
* The Marsh (2006) .... Claire Holloway
* 9-Tenths (2006) .... Jessica
* Mysterious Island (2005) (TV) .... Jane
* Try to Remember (2004) (TV) .... Lisa Monroe
* Save It for Later (2003) .... Catherine
* John Doe .... Rachel Penbroke (2 episodes, 2002-2003)
* Sherlock (2002) (TV) .... Rebecca Doyle
* Flying Virus (2001) .... Ann Bauer
* The Practice .... Katie Defoe (1 episode, 2001)
* Turbulence 3: Heavy Metal (2001) (V) .... Kate Hayden
* How to Marry a Billionaire: A Christmas Tale (2000) (TV) .... Jenny Seeger
* North Beach (2000) .... Lu
* The Guilty (2000) .... Sophie Lennon
* If You Only Knew (2000) .... Kate
* Without Malice (2000) (TV) .... Susan
* My Little Assassin (1999) (TV) .... Marita Lorenz
* Kimberly (1999) .... Kimberly
* The Manor (1999) .... Charlotte Kleiner
* Beach Movie (1998) .... Sunny
* The Ripper (1997) (TV) .... Florry Lewis
* Sub Down (1997) (V) .... Laura Dyson
* Nevada (1997) .... Linny
* The Grave (1996) .... Jordan
* Innocent Lies (1995) .... Celia Graves
* Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995) .... Dagney
* In Pursuit of Honor (1995) (TV) .... Jessica Stuart
* The Three Musketeers (1993) .... Queen Anne
* For Love or Money (1993) .... Andy Hart
* Fallen Angels .... Delia (1 episode, 1993)
* Body Snatchers (1993) .... Marti Malone
* Scent of a Woman (1992) .... Donna
* Beverly Hills, 90210 .... Tricia Kinney (1 episode, 1992)
* Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken (1991) .... Sonora Webster
* If Looks Could Kill (1991) .... Mariska
* Misteri della giungla nera, I (1991) (mini) TV Series .... Ada Corishant
* Press Gang .... Sam Black (12 episodes, 1990)
* Prince Caspian and the Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1989) (TV) .... Ramandu's daughter
* Summer's Lease (1989) (mini) TV Series .... Chrissie Kettering
* First Born (1988) (mini) TV Series .... Nell Forester
* Manifesto (1988) .... Tina
* The Storyteller .... Lidia (1 episode, 1988)
* Hideaway (1986) (mini) TV Series .... Tracy Wright
* Nevada (1997) (co-producer)
Birthplace: Laleham, Middlesex, England
Height 5' 2" (157 cm)
Hair Color Brown - Light
Star Sign Aquarius
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Executive summary: Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken
Boyfriend: Craig Sheffer (actor, dating since 1989)
Daughter: Willow (b. 1993)