All you need to know about the Burn Notice and Scent of a Woman star, Gabrielle Anwar

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Gabrielle Anwar is an English-American actress born on 4 February 1970, and best known for her roles as Sam Black in the second season 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”. Aside from these, Anwar has acted in a great deal of other TV series and films.

On a personal level, the actress has a rich and diverse heritage. She was born to film producer father Tariq Anwar, and mother Shirley Hills, who was an actress. Her father was born in Delhi, India, to an Austrian-Jewish mother and an Indian father. As the daughter of a film producer and an actress, one might say that the beautiful Gabrielle was almost certainly going to pursue a career in similar terrain. If for nothing else, because of the sheer influence of the film-inclined environment she grew up in.

Though she didn’t start as early as one might expect, Anwar eventually made her debut in 1985, aged 15. Now 51 years of age, she has had an impressive and accomplished 36-year acting career whose success speaks for itself, with scores of features in film and TV. The British star was part of big projects like “Pursuit of Honor”, “Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken”, “Body Snatchers”, “Things to do in Denver When You’re Dead”, “The Three Musketeers”, “Long Lost Son”, and “Turbulence 3: Heavy Metal”.

Learn more about her successful career and personal life as we zoom our lenses on her. First, see these ten interesting facts about the actress.

10 facts about Gabrielle Anwar

  1. One of Gabrielle Anwar most memorable moments on screen came in 1992’s “Scent of a Woman” when she danced the tango with Al Pacino, whose character was blind.
  2. She was also famous for her breathtaking looks, and it got her quite a number of recognitions. In 1994, she was named one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world by People magazine.
  3. Anwar’s first American film was “If Looks Could Kill”, in which she played the daughter of a murdered British agent (played by Roger Daltrey).
  4. In 2007, the actress portrayed Princess Margaret, King Henry VIII sister, on Showtime’s “The Tudors” series. Though she appeared in only six episodes, it is deemed as one of her most popular roles.
  5.  In 1992, Gabrielle made a guest appearance in the then famous TV show “Beverly Hills, 90210” featuring as Tricia Kinney.
  6. Gabrielle naturally started her career in the UK. While taking a shot at different Television series and films in London, she met American performer Craig Sheffer with whom she went to Hollywood.
  7. Gabrielle is married to Shareef Malnik, and the two began dating in April 2010; they got married in Montana in August 2015.
  8. Anwar has three children, all of whom were born before her marriage to Shareef. She had a daughter in 1993 with her then-partner and later had two other children with her ex-husband, John Verea.
  9. In 2008, Gabrielle Anwar was granted US citizenship.
  10. According to Celebrity Net worth, she currently has an estimated net worth of $6 million, and her primary source of income is her career as an actress.

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Early life and education

Anwar was born in Laleham, Surrey. Her mother, Shirley Hills, is an actress, and her father, Tariq Anwar, is a film producer and editor. Her paternal grandmother was an Austrian Jew, while her paternal grandfather was an Indian Muslim. From 1975 to 1982, Gabrielle went to Laleham C of Middle School. An end-of-term St. Trinian’s sketch in the school concert of 1982 gave an early indication of her theatrical potentials. Anwar later completed a course in dance and theatre in London at the Italia Conti Academy of Theater Arts.

Career – Gabrielle Anwar movies and TV shows

Gabrielle Anwar made her acting début in 1986 in the British miniseries “Hideaway”. She then appeared in the dramas “The Storyteller” and “First Born” in 1988. In the same year, the actress played Tina in the film “Night Of Love” before she went on to feature in five other projects between then and 1991. Anwar has stayed active and busy ever since.

Press Gang

“Press Gang” is a British children’s television comedy-drama consisting of 43 episodes across five series broadcasted from 1989 to 1993. It was produced by Richmond Film & Television for Central. The series was aimed at older children and teenagers, and it was based on the activities of a children’s newspaper, the Junior Gazette, produced by pupils from the local comprehensive school.

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Anwar starred in a recurring role as Sam Black, the replacement of Julie as the head of the graphics team in the second series. Anwar had auditioned for the role of the main character, Lynda, but was later called back to take the recurring role as Sam. She appeared in 12 episodes altogether.

Anwar in Press Gang

In Pursuit of Honor

“In Pursuit of Honor” is a 1995 American made-for-cable Western film that follows the plight of the officers attempting to save the animals that the Army no longer needs as it modernizes toward a mechanized military. The movie claims to be based on a true story but without firm evidence to support the claim. Anwar played the role of journalist Jessica Stuart, daughter of Colonel Stuart.

Burn Notice – Fiona Glenanne

“Burn Notice” is an American television series created by Matt Nix. US spy Michael Weston suddenly finds himself ‘burned’-discredited without any form of procedure. Since no one will really help him, he survives by doing impossible jobs for desperate people in Miami.

Anwar stars as Fiona Glenanne, a former IRA fighter. She re-enters Michael’s life when he is dumped in Miami as she decides to stay and quickly makes herself invaluable to him. Aside from serving as his firearms and explosives supplier, she provides support to him on his investigations, and at times, assists him in missions to find out who burned him. Anwar appeared in all 111 episodes of the series.

Gabrielle Anwar as Fiona Glenanne in Burn Notice actress
Anwar as Fiona in Burn Notice

The Tudors

“The Tudors” is a historical fiction television series set primarily in 16th-century England. It is named after the Tudor dynasty as a whole, although it is based specifically upon the reign of King Henry VIII. Soon after it debuted, it became the highest-rated Showtime series in three years.

Anwar starred as Princess Margaret Tudor, who was Queen consort of Scotland from 1503 until 1513 by marriage to James IV of Scotland. After her husband died fighting the English, she became regent for their son James V of Scotland from 1513 until 1515. Gabrielle appeared in 6 episodes in the first season of the series.

Gabrielle Anwar movies and TV shows
As Princess Margaret in The Tudors

Once Upon a Time

“Once Upon a Time” is an American fantasy-adventure drama television series that aired for seven seasons on ABC. The action alternates between two main settings: a fantastical world where fairy tales happen; and a fictional seaside town in Maine called Storybrooke. Emma Swan’s past disasters drag her into the small town of Maine. She is the long-lost daughter of a king who must protect her town from the curse of an evil queen.

Anwar portrayed Rapunzel Tremaine, the first wife of Marcus Tremaine, mother of Anastasia and Drizella, step-mother of Ella, step-mother-in-law of Henry, and step-grandmother of Lucy Mills. Rapunzel makes a deal with Mother Gothel and ends up locked away in a tower for six years to save her family. After freeing herself, she learns that her husband had remarried with a family of his own. Desperate to reunite herself with her family, she curses Cecelia. Eventually, Rapunzel decides to kill Marcus and takes over the manor, after which more drama ensues, resulting in her death.

As Rapunzel Tremaine in Once Upon A Time

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Personal life

Anwar once dated actor Craig Sheffer and gave birth to his daughter, Willow, in 1993, before separating from him. She then married actor John Verea, with whom she had two kids, a son, Hugo, and a daughter, Paisley, before divorcing. In 2015, the actress married Shareef Malnik and started living with him in Palm Island, Florida. Anwar got her American citizenship in the year 2008.

Shareef Malnik

Born on 18 February 1958, Shareef is the son of American businessman, attorney, and philanthropist Alvin Malnik. He is a businessman, actor, and most popularly known as the husband of Gabrielle Anwar. Shareef has acting credits in “Just Cause” (1995), “The Blackout” (1997), and “Cafe and Tobacco” (2003).

Malnik’s father, Alvin Ira Malnik, in the year 1968, bought and remodelled The Forge Restaurant in Miami Beach with his late friend, Jay Weiss. When it opened its doors for business in 1969, it was dubbed Miami’s most glamorous destination with celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Bebe Rebozo, Richard Nixon and others trouping in and out. Shareef took over the helms of affairs of the restaurant in 1991 when its glory days seemed to have been over and gradually restored it to its former glory. To this day, The Forge still holds its ground as a world-class dining and entertainment venue that continues to attract celebrities from all over the world.

Malnik met Anwar in 2010 and hit it off almost instantly. They got engaged sometime in 2014, and in the following year, they tied the knot in a romantic wedding ceremony. The couple remained happily married since then, but so far, they have no kids together.

Anwar and husband, Shareef Malnik
Anwar and husband, Shareef Malnik

What is Gabrielle Anwar net worth?

According to Celebrity Networth, Gabrielle has an estimated net worth of $6 million, which includes her assets, money, and income. Her primary source of income is her career as an actress.

Latest news – what is Gabrielle Anwar doing now?

Gabrielle made the news in April 2020 when she and her husband went out to provide meals to the first responders to the COVID-19 pandemic. An act which Gabrielle called a “simple gesture to show gratitude”. They provided fresh, hot Maine lobster bisque, burrata with sesame seeds and cashews in a vinaigrette from Shareef’s restaurant, and cauliflower steak for the vegetarians. There was also flowerless, decadent chocolate cake for those who like sweet things.

Fifty of these five-course meals were donated to night shift workers at Mount Sinai Medical Center and to doctors at the University of Miami hospital. The event was sponsored by Chris Radomski, the founder of La Adelita Tequila.


Gabrielle Anwar has made the most of her career in her 36 active years. She has become a household name and face among film enthusiasts. Though she hasn’t won laurels for her contributions to the industry, nothing can be taken away from her accomplishments. The 51-year-old is still very much active and is more to come from her.

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