Detective Serena Stevens' broad range of life experiences separates her from other detectives. A single-mother with a rural upbringing, Stevens attacks an investigation with meticulous attention to detail and a highly educated background.
She comes to MCS from the rugged terrain of Chicago P.D. Whether running from grim memory of a partner killed in action or looking for a fresh start, Stevens fits right in on the forbidding New York streets.
Stevens' sense of humor keeps it things light, but there are many layers to her psyche. So she secured Detective Nichols' trust and admiration on the MCS team in no time..
Saffron Burrows joins the cast as Detective Serena Stevens.
Known for her work in critically acclaimed films, Burrows continues to attract very diverse roles.
On the big screen, Burrows last appeared in Jonas Pate's "Shrink" with Kevin Spacey and in the heist film "The Bank Job", directed by Roger Donaldson, where she starred opposite Jason Statham. She also starred in Amy Redford's powerful directorial debut "The Guitar". The story revolves around a woman, who having been diagnosed with cancer, and given one month to live, embarks on a journey to fulfill her wildest fantasies. The film made its debut at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and garnered Burrows much critical praise.
Additional credits include Peter Howitt's "Dangerous Parking"; Hal Hartley's "Fay Grim"; Mike Binder's "Reign Over Me with Don Cheadle and Adam Sandler; Wolfgang Peterson's "Troy" with Brad Pitt and Eric Bana; Raoul Ruiz’s "Klimt'; Gerardo Herero's "El Misterio Galindez"; Paul McGuigan's "Gangster No. 1"; Michael Apted’s "Enigma"; Mike Figgis' "Timecode", and his film adaptation of the classic play, "Miss Julie"; Pat O'Connor's "Circle of Friends" with Chris O’Donnell and Minnie Driver; and Jim Sheridan's "In the Name of the Father" with Daniel Day-Lewis.
On the small screen, Burrows starred in the NBC drama series "My Own Worst Enemy" opposite Christian Slater, as well as the award-winning series "Boston Legal" with James Spader, earning her two ensemble SAG nominations in 2008 and 2009. For the BBC, she starred opposite Albert Finney and Julie Christie in the acclaimed production of Dennis Potter's "Karaoke".
Burrows' Theater work includes Jeannette Winterson's "The Powerbook" for the Royal National Theatre, London, directed by Deborah Warner, in which she starred opposite Fiona Shaw. The play toured the Theatre National De Chaillot, Paris, and Teatro Argentina, Rome. More recently, she played Janey Morris in "The Earthly Paradise", for the Almeida Theatre, London; and in Neil LaBute's "Some Girl(s)", on the West End stage.
A native of Great Britain, Burrows also speaks French, Italian and Spanish.