Heather Burns

Biography: People often recognize her angelic face with those sad eyes, but not many know her name. Heather Burns, star of HBO's noir-otic detective comedy Bored to Death, has been in the acting business since the late '90s, mostly known for portraying supporting characters to lead actresses in romantic comedies like You've Got Mail, Miss Congeniality, and Bewitched. A Chicago native, Heather was privileged to have attended famed acting schools such as The Atlantic Theatre Company in New York and The Second City in Chicago. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and attended Yale School of Drama for one summer.

In 1996, Burns made her television debut on One Life to Live, appearing in a few episodes of the daytime soap until the following year. After making a couple of short films and appearing in an episode of Law & Order, well-known rom-com writer and director Nora Ephron, who has described her as 'a writer's dream', yanked
Burns from obscurity and gave her a substantial role as Meg Ryan's bookshop keeper in You've Got Mail (1998). Heather would again work with Ms. Ephron, this time as Nicole Kidman's cynical assistant, in the 2005 movie remake of the c TV series Bewitched. In Miss Congeniality (2000) and its sequel Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (2005), she portrayed pageant winner and friend to Sandra Bullock's character.

On stage, Heather has performed in David's Pittu's All Things Considered, Woody Allen's Writer's Block, Lobby Hero at Playwrights Horizon and at the John Houseman Theatre, and London's West End production of This is Our Youth, alongside Chris Klein and Freddie Prinze, Jr. In 2008, she played Emily in The Marriage of Bette and Boo at the Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre in New York. On the small screen, Burns had recurring roles as Joanne, wife of salesman Freddie Sacker (Rick Hoffman), on the FOX drama The $treet and as NYPD dispatcher Bridget Demopolis on the ABC crime dramedy The Unusuals. She also played lead characters in the short-lived shows The Beat and Twenty Good Years. In 2009, HBO hired her as Leah, Zach Galifianakis' partner, in Jonathan Ames' Bored to Death.

Heather Burns' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 44
Highest Metascore: 62 The Fitzgerald Family Christmas
Lowest Metascore: 8 Perception
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 13
  2. Negative: 4 out of 13
13 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
62 The Fitzgerald Family Christmas Dec 7, 2012 Erin 5.5
35 What's Your Number? Sep 30, 2011 Cast 5.5
56 Breaking Upwards Apr 2, 2010 Hannah 8.0
47 Choke Sep 26, 2008 Internet Date/Gwen 5.6
tbd Watching the Detectives Feb 14, 2008 Denise tbd
57 The Groomsmen Jul 14, 2006 Jules 7.3
8 Perception Jan 20, 2006 Ramona 2.9
52 Kill the Poor Jan 6, 2006 Scarlet 6.5
55 Brooklyn Lobster Nov 4, 2005 Kerry Miller tbd
34 Bewitched Jun 24, 2005 Nina 5.5
34 Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous Mar 24, 2005 Cheryl Frasier 5.3
42 Two Weeks Notice Dec 20, 2002 Meryl Brooks 6.0
43 Miss Congeniality Dec 22, 2000 Cheryl Frasier, Miss Rhode Island 7.9
57 You've Got Mail Dec 18, 1998 Christina Plutzker 6.9