London-born stage & screen actress Saffron starred in Steve McQueen’s 2021 Golden Globe winning series of films ‘Small Axe’, playing leading protagonist Grace in the second film 'Lovers Rock'.
In 2023 she stars in Sir Lenny Henry's 6-part drama for ITV 'Three Little Birds', which is inspired by his mother's stories of travelling from the Caribbean in the 1950s and 1960s to make Britain her home. Saffron plays one of the leads, Chantrelle, who sails to the UK with her sister from Jamaica.
Saffron is an accomplished stage actress, with a number of critically acclaimed stage productions to her name including the 2022 production of 'The Corn Is Green' at the National Theatre which received 5* reviews. Nicola Walker starred in the play as Miss Moffatt, an English schoolteacher who moves to a village in Wales to educate the young miners there, with Saffron playing Bessie Watty, the vain, selfish trouble-making daughter of Miss Moffat's housekeeper. The Guardian described Saffron's portrayal of Bessie as "broodingly sublime", iNews called her performance "beguiling" and WhatsOnStage proclaimed that she "finds just the right balance of sadness and calculation".
In 2021 she played the lead role in Olivier Award winning producer Alys Metcalf's thrilling new play 'Leopards' at the Rose Theatre, Kingston. She received rave reviews with What's On Stage praising Coomber as "so magnetic, subtly quirky and finally emotionally raw". Later in 2021 she starred in new play 'Old Bridge' at the Bush Theatre, written by British-Bosnian playwright Igor Memic, which won the 2020 Papatango New Writing prize.
She has been nominated for 'Best Actress' at the Nevermore Film Festival in 2022 for her lead role in the short horror film 'Viral'.
In 2020 she also appeared in a number of TV shows including Amazon Original ‘Flack’, ‘The Deceived’ on C5 and BBC One's hit crime drama ‘Strike’, based on the J.K. Rowling novels under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Prior to that she has appeared in a number of well-known BBC shows such as ‘Holby City’ and ‘Cuffs’ as well as CBBC’s ‘Tracy Beaker Returns’ when she was 16 years old.
Also on stage, she starred in the critically acclaimed West End transfer of the Globe’s ‘Emilia’ to the Vaudeville Theatre in 2019, with reviewers praising her ‘fiery’ performance.
She has audiobook experience, playing the role of 'Hope' in J.K. Rowling's 2021 Christmas tale 'The Christmas Pig' for Audible.
Saffron's native accent is soft London and she can neutralise easily. Having Jamaican heritage she can do an excellent Jamaican accent and she excels in accents generally including Northern, American & RP accents. She has an Accents montage sample below.
Three Little Birds (TV, 2023) – 'Chantrelle', ITVX
The Corn is Green (The National Theatre, 2022) (Theatre, 2022) – 'Bessie Watty', The National Theatre
Viral (Film, 2022) – 'J1NX', Original Theatre Company
Old Bridge (Bush Theatre 2021) (Theatre, 2021) – 'Mina', Bush Theatre
The Christmas Pig (Audio Books, 2021) – 'Hope', Audible
Leopards (Rose Theatre, Kingston 2021) (Theatre, 2021) – 'Niala', Rose Theatre, Kingston
Dance (King's Head Theatre, 2021) (Theatre, 2020-2021) – 'Kemi', King's Head Theatre
Small Axe (TV, 2020) – 'Grace' (Episode: 'Lovers Rock'), Amazon Original
Strike (TV, 2020) – 'Flick Pardue', BBC One, Series 4 'Lethal White'
The Deceived (TV, 2020) – 'Annabelle', Channel 5
Flack (TV, 2019) – 'Steph', W/Amazon Prime
Emilia (Vaudeville Theatre, 2019) (Theatre, 2015) – 'Emilia', Vaudeville Theatre
Cuffs (TV, 2015) – 'Bethany Hawkins', BBC One
EastEnders (TV, 2012-2013) – 'Alexa', BBC One
Tracy Beaker Returns (TV, 2010-2012) – 'Sapphire Fox', CBBC
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