MyAnna Buring

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MyAnna Buring
Myanna Buring at the Moet BIFA 2014.jpg
BornMyAnna Margartha Buring Rantapää
(1979-09-22) 22 September 1979 (age 35)
Years active2004–present
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MyAnna Buring
Myanna Buring at the Moet BIFA 2014.jpg
BornMyAnna Margartha Buring Rantapää
(1979-09-22) 22 September 1979 (age 35)
Years active2004–present

MyAnna Buring (Swedish: [ˌmʏˈanˈna ˈbʉːˈrɪŋ]; born MyAnna Margaretha Buring Rantapää; 22 September 1979) is a British-based Swedish actress, who is best known for appearing in the 2005 horror film The Descent, and most recently as Tanya in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, and playing the role as maid Edna Braithwaite in Downton Abbey.

Early life[edit]

Buring was born 22 September 1979,[1][2] in Sundsvall, Sweden, as MyAnna Margaretha Buring Rantapää, but grew up in the Middle East. When she turned 16, she moved to Great Britain. She attended secondary school at the American British Academy in Muscat, Oman, with her childhood friend Stegath Dorr, who is a character actor and a prolific horror filmmaker. Buring graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in 2004. She is also the associate director of the MahWaff Theatre Company.[3]



In 2006, Buring guest-starred in "The Impossible Planet", the first episode of a two-episode Doctor Who story. Her character, Scooti, perished in the vacuum of space; the scenes of her body floating towards a black hole were filmed in an underwater tank in Pinewood Studios, to create the effect of weightlessness.[4]

Also in 2006, Buring played Olivia in a production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night by Exeter's Northcott Theatre Company, alongside Sara Weymouth and David Gwillim, and appeared in a new play, Seduced, by Michael Kingsbury at London's Finborough Theatre. In 2008, Buring starred as Alice in the independent film Credo, also known as The Devil's Curse.

Buring also starred as Debbie in Much Ado About Nothing (BBC One), Midsomer Murders (ITV), Casualty (BBC One) and Murder Prevention (Channel 5). For MahWaff Theatre Company, she starred in Guardians, Monologue For An Ensemble and An Inspector Calls.

Buring played the role of CND peace activist and student Adriana Doyle in series three, episode two of Inspector George Gently, which was screened in the UK on BBC One in October 2010.

In 2012, Buring had significant supporting roles in the BBC drama serials Blackout and Ripper Street. She also joined the cast of Downton Abbey, playing the role of maid Edna Braithwaite in the 2012 Christmas special episode and the fourth season.[5]

In December of 2012, MyAnna played protagonist Karen Clarke, a woman who is haunted by her past which eventually catches up with her, in a two-part drama called The Poison Tree that was broadcast on ITV1.


In her first film role Buring starred in a leading role in the 2005 horror film The Descent by director Neil Marshall. Her character, Sam, was one of the main characters among the women who ventured down into an uncharted cave system. Buring also appeared in the films sequel, The Descent Part 2, in the form of flashbacks.[6]

She also starred in Doomsday in 2008, linking her again with director Neil Marshall.

In 2009, Buring appeared as the female lead in the film Lesbian Vampire Killers opposite James Corden and Mathew Horne, which was released to UK cinemas 20 March 2009.

In May 2010, she appeared as Jozefa in Witchville for SyFy in the U.S. alongside Sarah Douglas.

Buring plays the role of Tanya of the Denali Coven in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 and Part 2.

In 2011, Buring appeared in the horror film Kill List, in which she acted the part of the protagonist's wife.


2004Murder PreventionMichelle WynneTV series, episode "Last Man Out: Part 1"
2004CasualtyKirsty MorrisonTV series, episode "Past Imperfect"
2005Descent, TheThe DescentSam
2006Doctor WhoScooti ManistaTV series, episode "The Impossible Planet"
2006Omen, TheThe OmenTabloid Reporter #2
2007GrindhouseFeatured WomanSegment "Don't"
2007English Language (with English Subtitles)Esther
2007Bill, TheThe BillKim HeyesTV series, episode "Stealth Attack"
2008Midsomer MurdersMandyTV series, episode "Midsomer Life"
2008Wrong Door, TheThe Wrong DoorVariousTV series, 5 episodes
2009Road to Vengeance, TheThe Road to Vengeance
2009Lesbian Vampire KillersLotte
2009City RatsSammy
2009Descent Part 2, TheThe Descent Part 2Sam
2010Comedy LabIngaTV series, episode "Filth"
2010WitchvilleJozefaTV movie
2010The Devil's PlaygroundAngela
2010Half HeartedLauren
2010Inspector George GentlyAdriana DoyleTV series, episode "Peace & Love"
2010Any Human HeartIngeborgTV series, 1 episode
2011Au Revoir MonkeysAnna
2011Super EruptionClaireTV movie
2011Way of the MorrisWill-O'-Wisps (voice)
2011Kill ListShel
2011Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, TheThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1Tanya
2012White HeatLillyTV series, 6 episodes
2012Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, TheThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2Tanya
2012BlackoutSylvieBBC 1 Three-part drama
2012–2013Downton AbbeyEdna BraithwaiteTV Series, 2012 Christmas special-Series 4
2012The Poison TreeKaren ClarkeITV 1 Two-part drama
2012-2014Ripper StreetLong SusanTV series, series regular
2013Agatha Christie's MarpleLucky DysonEpisode A Caribbean Mystery
2013Crossing LinesAnikaEpisodes "The Animals" and "Desperation & Desperados"
2014"The Great War: The People's Story"Dorothy LawrenceTV Series
2015BanishedElizabeth Quinn


  1. ^ Ek, Torbjörn (1 January 2013). "Svenska ”Downton Abbey”-stjärnan MyAnna Buring om sin stora hemlighet: "Säger man det får man inga jobb"". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Director Check: Myanna Buring". Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Mahwaff Theatre Company website". Retrieved 21 August 2007. 
  4. ^ "Doctor Who Confidential". BBC. BBC Three.
  5. ^ Marsh, Jenni (23 July 2012). "Twilight film star MyAnna Buring to vamp up Downton Abbey". Daily Express. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Lesbian Vampire Killers – MyAnna Buring interview". IndieLondon. 

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