Gabrielle Anwar is an English actress, known for her roles in the 1990s films "Scent of a Woman, "The Three Musketeers", and "Body Snatchers". She also appeared as fashion-conscious graphic designer Sam Black in the second series of the hugely popular Children's ITV series "Press Gang".She also plays Margaret Tudor on "The Tudors".
Gabrielle was born in Laleham,United Kingdom. Her father is Tariq Anwar, an Iranian-born award-winning British film editor, and her mother is an English actress. Gabrielle Anwar studied at a London drama and dance school.
Gabrielle's acting debut was in the British miniseries" Hideaway". Gabrielle Anwar made her film debut in" Manifesto". While working on movies and television in London, Gabrielle Anwar met American actor Craig Sheffer, and moved with him to Hollywood. Gabrielle Anwar's first American film was" If Looks Could Kill - Teen Agent".Gabrielle plays Princess Margaret, sister of Henry VIII of England, on Showtime's "The Tudors", which debuted in April 2007.
The actress landed a small part in the sci-fi thriller "First Born" (A&E, 1989), following up with wider exposure in minor features, including "Manifesto" (1988) and "If Looks Could Kill" (1991). She took the lead role in "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken" (1991), playing the real-life stunt rider Sonora Webster, whose famous trick was diving into a tank of water on horseback. After making herself known with a seductive tango opposite Al Pacino in "Scent of a Woman" (1992), actress Gabrielle Anwar worked steadily ever since in both her native England and in America. Once she had broken into the U.S. market, Anwar made appearances in "The Three Musketeers" (1993) and the docudrama "In Pursuit of Honor" (HBO, 1995) before delivering a bold turn in the mystery thriller "Innocent Lies" (1995). Following co-leading roles in rather forgettable movies like "The Grave" (1996) and "Sub Down" (1997), she turned in an adept dramatic performance as an American who falls for Fidel Castro in the true-to-life drama "My Little Assassin" (Lifetime, 1999). While starring on several notable mystery dramas like "A Case of Evil" (USA, 2002) and "Mary Higgins Clark's Try to Remember" (ION Television, 2004), Anwar finally began gaining notice with a strong turn as the doomed Princess Margaret in "The Tudors" (Showtime, 2007-2010). But she became a bankable star with her portrayal of the violent, gun-running, but ultimately soft-hearted IRA member Fiona Glenanne on the hit spy series, "Burn Notice" (USA, 2007- ), which offered Anwar one of her most entertaining and thoroughly satisfying performances to date. Anwar's character, Fiona Glenanne, was a volatile mix of violence and skill who nonetheless retained a soft-spot for helping Michael while trading pointed barbs with rival and partner Sam Axe (Bruce Campbell). Because of her onscreen spunk and penchant for turning up in bikinis, Anwar quickly became a favorite among the show's fans.