Gabrielle Anwar

Gabrielle Anwar (born 4 February 1970) is an English-American actress known for her roles as Sam Black in the second series of Press Gang, Margaret Tudor on The Tudors, Fiona Glenanne on Burn Notice, Lady Tremaine in the seventh season of Once Upon a Time, and for dancing the tango with Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman.

Gabrielle Anwar
Anwar in 2009
Born (1970-02-04) 4 February 1970
ResidencePalm Island, Florida, U.S.
Years active1986–present
John Verea
(m. 2000; div. 2005)

Shareef Malnik (m. 2015)
Partner(s)Craig Sheffer (ended 1990s)
Parent(s)Tariq Anwar (father)
Shirley Hills-Anwar (mother)

Early life

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 paternal grandmother was an Austrian Jew, while her paternal grandfather was an Indian Muslim.[2] Anwar 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 also starred in the music video to Paul McCartney's Pretty Little Head.[3] Her film début was Manifesto (1988), 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). She also played Eddie's (Johnny Depp) girlfriend in Tom Petty's Into the Great Wide Open music video. 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, The Three Musketeers, and Things to do in Denver When You're Dead. One of her most memorable moments on screen was in 1992's Scent of a Woman, when she danced a tango with Al Pacino, whose character was blind. In 1994, People magazine named her one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world.[4]

Anwar appeared in the television series John Doe and acted in The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines. She played Sophie in the 2000 movie The Guilty. Anwar played Princess Margaret, sister of King Henry VIII, on Showtime's The Tudors in 2007. After that, she starred as Fiona Glenanne in the long-running television series Burn Notice from 2007 to 2013. 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". She also played a role in the seventh season of Once Upon a Time.

Personal life

Anwar and actor Craig Sheffer had a daughter, Willow (born 1993), before separating. She was later married to actor John Verea, with whom she had a son, Hugo, and daughter, Paisley, before divorcing.[5] Sheffer is godfather to Hugo and Paisley.[6]

Anwar became a U.S. citizen in 2008.[7]

In April 2010, Anwar began dating Shareef Malnik, son of Alvin Malnik.[8] In August 2015, they were married in Montana.[9] They live in Palm Island, Florida.[10]


Year Title Role Notes
1986 Hideaway Tracy Wright 6 episodes
1986 Pretty Little Head Paul McCartney music
1987 Sa-ti vorbesc despre mine
1988 The Storyteller Lidia Episode: "Fearnot"
1988 A Night of Love Tina
1988 First Born Nell Forester Episode: "1.3"
1989 Summer's Lease Chrissie Kettering Episode: "A Battlefield"
Episode: "The Urbino Trail"
1989 Prince Caspian and the Voyage of the Dawn Treader Ramandu's Daughter Episode: "1.6"
1990 Press Gang Sam Black 12 episodes
1991 The Mystery of the Black Jungle Ada Corishant TV miniseries
1991 If Looks Could Kill Mariska Blade
1991 Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken Sonora Webster
1991 Into the Great Wide Open Eddie's girlfriend Tom Petty music video
1992 Beverly Hills, 90210 Tricia Kinney Episode: "Fire and Ice"
1992 Scent of a Woman Donna The Tango Girl
1993 Body Snatchers Marti Malone
1993 Fallen Angels Delia Episode: "Dead End for Delia"
1993 For Love or Money (aka The Concierge) Andy Hart
1993 The Three Musketeers Queen Anne
1995 In Pursuit of Honor Jessica Stewart TV film
1995 Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead Dagney
1995 Innocent Lies Celia Graves
1996 The Grave Jordan
1997 Nevada Linny
1997 Sub Down Laura Dyson Video
1997 The Ripper Florry Lewis TV film
1998 Beach Movie Sunny
1999 The Manor Charlotte Kleiner
1999 Kimberly Kimberly
1999 My Little Assassin Marita Lorenz TV film
2000 Without Malice Susan TV film
2000 If You Only Knew Kate
2000 The Guilty Sophie Lennon
2000 North Beach Lu
2000 How to Marry a Billionaire: A Christmas Tale Jenny Seeger TV film
2001 Turbulence 3: Heavy Metal Kate Hayden Video
2001 The Practice Katie Defoe Episode: "Dangerous Liaisons"
2001 Flying Virus Ann Bauer
2002 Sherlock: Case of Evil Rebecca Doyle TV film
2002 John Doe Rachel Penbroke Episodes: "Manifest Destiny" and "Tone Dead"
2003 Save It for Later Catherine
2004 Try to Remember Lisa Monroe TV film
2005 Mysterious Island Jane TV film
2006 9/Tenths Jessica
2006 The Marsh Claire Holloway
2006 Long Lost Son Kristen Sheppard/Halloran/Collins TV film
2006 The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines Emily Davenport TV film
2006 Crazy Eights Beth Patterson
2007 The Tudors Princess Margaret 6 episodes
2007–2013 Burn Notice Fiona Glenanne Main cast, 111 episodes
2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Eva Sintzel Episode: "Inconceivable"
2008 iMurders Lindsay Jefferies
2010 Lies Between Friends Joss Jenner
2011 A Warrior's Heart Claire Sullivan
2011 The Family Tree Nina
2011 Carnal Innocence Caroline Waverly
2017-18 Once Upon a Time Lady Rapunzel Tremaine/Victoria Belfrey Series Regular (Season 7)

Episodes 1-11

2019 The Last Summer Griffin's Mom [11]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2007 33rd Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress on Television
The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines
2008 23rd Gemini Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role in a Dramatic Series
The Tudors
2010 12th Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Action
Burn Notice
2018 20th Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Villain
Once Upon a Time


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  2. Ansari, Shabana (10 March 2011). "Oscar-nominated film editor Tariq Anwar has Mumbai link". DNA Daily News & Analysis. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  3. Unknown (198?). "Beatles Video". Beatlefan. Goody Press: 20. Retrieved 27 September 2019. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. "Gabrielle Anwar - Most Beautiful, Gabrielle Anwar". 9 May 1994. Retrieved 25 April 2012.
  5. "Gabrielle Anwar- Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Archived from the original on 25 June 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2013.
  6. 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.
  7. Anwar's Citizenship Anguish
  8. Stacey Russell (28 March 2012). "Are Gabrielle Anwar and Shareef Malnik Secretly Engaged?". Miami New Times. Retrieved 28 June 2012.
  9. Leonard, Elizabeth (6 September 2015). "Gabrielle Anwar Marries Restaurateur Shareef Malnick in a 'Wild West' Montana Wedding". People. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  11. Paramount’s ‘What Men Want’ Adds Shane Paul McGhie; Forrest Goodluck Cast In ‘The Last Summer’
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