Burrows is a socialist and has spoken of her admiration for French Socialist politician Ségolène Royal. She joined an anti-racism group when she was 11 years old and she went on to become the Vice President of the National Civil Rights Movement. Burrows is a campaigner for disabled rights and equality.
For a number of years, Burrows was involved with film director Mike Figgis, and she starred in some of his films, including Miss Julie. Burrows was romantically involved with openly bi-sexual actor Alan Cumming for several years, while he was separated from his first wife. She has been romantically linked with another co-star, actress Fiona Shaw. The two appeared together in the National Theatre's production of The PowerBook, a play based on the novel of the same name by Jeanette Winterson, in which they played lovers.
In 2006, the Independent on Sunday listed Burrows as the 90th most influential gay person in the UK. In a 2003 interview, Alan Cumming said, "I was really lucky that the first relationship I had after was with Saffron, who's really... understanding and a broadminded person. And who's now, as I'm sure you know ... well, she bats for both teams too."
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