Gabrielle Anwar

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Gabrielle Anwar
Gabrielle Anwar.jpg
Anwar at the Genesis Awards, Beverly Hills, California, 28 March 2009
Born(1970-02-04) 4 February 1970 (age 44)
Laleham, Middlesex, England, UK
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)John Verea (divorced; 2 children)
Partner(s)Craig Sheffer (late 1980s–1990s; 1 child)
ChildrenWillow Anwar
Hugo Verea
Paisley Verea
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Gabrielle Anwar
Gabrielle Anwar.jpg
Anwar at the Genesis Awards, Beverly Hills, California, 28 March 2009
Born(1970-02-04) 4 February 1970 (age 44)
Laleham, Middlesex, England, UK
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)John Verea (divorced; 2 children)
Partner(s)Craig Sheffer (late 1980s–1990s; 1 child)
ChildrenWillow Anwar
Hugo Verea
Paisley Verea

Gabrielle Anwar (born 4 February 1970) is an English actress. She is known for her role as Margaret Tudor on The Tudors, for dancing the tango with Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman, and for her role as Fiona Glenanne on USA's Burn Notice.

Early life[edit]

Anwar was born in Laleham, Surrey. Her mother, Shirley Hills, is an actress, and her father, Tariq Anwar, is an award-winning film producer and editor.[1] Her father was born in Delhi, India, to an Austrian Jewish mother and an Indian father.[2] Her mother is English. Gabrielle attended Laleham C of E Primary and Middle School from 1975 to 1982; an end-of-term St. Trinian's sketch in the school concert of 1982 gave an early indication of her theatrical leanings. She studied drama and dance at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London.


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 films 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 films 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 film was If Looks Could Kill, in which 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 (inspired by A Girl and Five Brave Horses), Scent of a Woman, Body Snatchers, For Love or Money, and The Three Musketeers. In 1994, People magazine named her one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world.[3]

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 acted in The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines. Anwar played Princess Margaret, sister of King Henry VIII, on Showtime's The Tudors in 2007. She later played Fiona Glenanne in the long-running TV series Burn Notice. In 2008, Anwar made an appearance as Eva Sintzel, a woman trying to get pregnant through the fictitious Hudson Cryobank in the Law & Order: SVU episode "Inconceivable".

Personal life[edit]

Anwar has a daughter, Willow, born in 1993, with whom she appeared in the film Daddy Who? Willow's father is actor Craig Sheffer[citation needed], with whom Anwar had a relationship in the late 1980s and 1990s. Actor Reyn Hubbard also claimed to be Willow's father. Anwar was later married to actor John Verea with whom she had son, Hugo, and daughter, Paisley, before divorcing.[4] Sheffer is godfather to Anwar's children from her relationship with Verea.[5] Since April 2010, Anwar has been in a relationship with Shareef Malnik.[6] Anwar has become an American citizen.[7] She has described herself as being pagan.[8]


1986HideawayTracy Wright6 episodes
1986Pretty Little HeadPaul McCartney music video
1987Sa-ti vorbesc despre mine
1988Storyteller, TheThe StorytellerLidiaEpisode: "Fearnot"
1988A Night Of LoveTina
1988First BornNell ForesterEpisode: "1.3"
1989Summer's LeaseChrissie KetteringEpisode: "A Battlefield"
Episode: "The Urbino Trail"
1989Prince Caspian and the Voyage of the Dawn TreaderRamandu's DaughterEpisode: "1.6"
1990Press GangSam Black12 episodes
1991The Mystery of the Black JungleAda CorishantTV mini-series
1991If Looks Could KillMariska Blade
1991Wild Hearts Can't Be BrokenSonora Webster
1991Into the Great Wide OpenEddie's girlfriendTom Petty music video
1992Beverly Hills, 90210Tricia KinneyEpisode: "Fire and Ice"
1992Scent of a WomanDonnaThe Tango Girl
1993Body SnatchersMarti Malone
1993Fallen AngelsDeliaEpisode: "Dead End for Delia"
1993For Love or Money (aka The Concierge)Andy Hart
1993Three Musketeers, TheThe Three MusketeersQueen Anne
1995In Pursuit of HonorJessica StartTV film
1995Things to Do in Denver When You're DeadDagney
1995Innocent LiesCelia Graves
1996Grave, TheThe GraveJordan
1997Sub DownLaura DysonVideo
1997Ripper, TheThe RipperFlorry LewisTV film
1998Beach MovieSunny
1999Manor, TheThe ManorCharlotte Kleiner
1999My Little AssassinMarita LorenzTV film
2000Without MaliceSusanTV film
2000If You Only KnewKate
2000Guilty, TheThe GuiltySophie Lennon
2000North BeachLu
2000How to Marry a Billionaire: A Christmas TaleJenny SeegerTV film
2001Turbulence 3: Heavy MetalKate HaydenVideo
2001Practice, TheThe PracticeKatie DefoeEpisode: "Dangerous Liasions"
2001Flying VirusAnn Bauer
2002Sherlock: Case of EvilRebecca DoyleTV film
2002John DoeRachel PenbrokeEpisodes: "Manifest Destiny" and "Tone Dead"
2003Save It for LaterCatherine
2004Try to RememberLisa MonroeTV film
2005Mysterious IslandJaneTV film
2006Marsh, TheThe MarshClaire Holloway
2006Long Lost SonKristen Sheppard/Halloran/CollinsTV film
2006Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines, TheThe Librarian: Return to King Solomon's MinesEmily DavenportTV film
2006Crazy EightsBeth Patterson
2007Tudors, TheThe TudorsPrincess Margaret6 episodes
2007 - 2013Burn NoticeFiona GlenanneMain Cast
2008Law & Order: Special Victims UnitEva SintzelEpisode: "Inconceivable"
2008iMurdersLindsay Jefferies
2010Lies Between FriendsJoss Jenner
2011Family Tree, TheThe Family TreeNina
2011A Warrior's HeartClaire Sullivan
2011Carnal InnocenceCaroline


  1. ^ "It's a Jungle Out There". The State. 6 October 1990. Retrieved 22 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Ansari, Shabana (10 March 2011). "Oscar-nominated film editor Tariq Anwar has Mumbai link". DNA Daily News & Analysis. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Gabrielle Anwar - Most Beautiful, Gabrielle Anwar". 1994-05-09. Retrieved 2012-04-25. 
  4. ^ "Gabrielle Anwar- Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  5. ^ Hidek, Jeff (30 July 2010). "Craig Sheffer reflects on his time in Wilmington, his new Hallmark movie and his role on "One Tree Hill"". Retrieved 28 August 2010. 
  6. ^ Stacey Russell (28 March 2012). "Are Gabrielle Anwar and Shareef Malnik Secretly Engaged?". Miami New Times. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  7. ^ Anwar's Citizenship Anguish
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