As the vicious and quite beautiful ex-spy Fiona Glenanne on USA’s hit series Burn Notice, which premieries its fourth season this month, Gabrielle Anwar might seem like a handful of insatiable excitement. From child star in her native England to breakout It Girl dancing the tango with Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman, you could say Anwar has lived up to that billing most of her life. But these days the actress once named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People magazine is more of a mum with a stable day job.

“My kids are what’s important now. I’m just not that interested in trying to be a star. I want to work and take care of my family,” Anwar says. “And it’s much easier to do that when you are on a long-running series. In that regard I owe a lot to the success of Burn Notice.”

Since its inception, the action comedy has exceeded expectations, both in ratings and critically. Anwar’s depiction of a tough, snarky former IRA operative who gets tangled in a complicated relationship with star Jeffrey Donovan’s character has made her one of the more unique female talents on the tube. “Fi is my favorite character I’ve ever played. She’s funny, she’s witty and she kicks ass,” Anwar says. But if she has to pick one reason why she loves working on Burn Notice, Anwar doesn’t hesitate: “How cool is it that we film the entire show in Miami? That’s really all they had to tell me.”

IMAGE: Gabrielle Anwar

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