Her father is Tariq Anwar and her mother is Shireen Anwar.Anwar attended Laleham Church of England Primary and Middle School from 1975 to 1982.Trinian's sketch in the school concert of 1982 gave an early indication of her theatrical leanings.
She appeared in many British television productions before making her film debut in Manifesto (1988).
Her first American movie was Der Spion, der aus der Highschool kam (1991), in which she played the daughter of a murdered British Agent (played by Roger Daltrey).
In 1992, she made a guest appearance on Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990) as "Tricia Kinney".
She followed that with the films, Das Herz einer Amazone (1991) (inspired by "A Girl and Five Brave Horses"), Der Duft der Frauen (1992), Body Snatchers - Angriff der Körperfresser (1993), Ein Concierge zum Verlieben (1993) and Die drei Musketiere (1993).
In 1994, People magazine named her one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world.
One of her most memorable moments on screen came in 1992's Der Duft der Frauen (1992), when she danced a tango with Al Pacino, whose character was blind.
Gabrielle is the daughter of Tariq Anwar, a film editor, and Shirley Hills, an actress. She felt the competition at drama school was too stiff and dropped out at age 15.
Gabrielle's father was born in Delhi, India, to an Austrian Jewish mother and an Indian father. So after landing a role in the BBC miniseries Hideaway (1986), she just kept working.
Has 3 children: a daughter named Willow Xylia Anwar (aka Willow Anwar; b.
November 8, 1993) with her now ex-boyfriend Craig Sheffer; a son named Hugo Verea (b.2001) and a daughter named Paisley Verea (b.2004) with her now ex-1st husband John Verea.
(August 30, 2015) Married for the 2nd time her boyfriend of 5 years Shareef Malnik following a 14-month-long engagement in a intimate outdoor ceremony who was held as the sun set over the rolling hills of The Ranch at Rock Creek in Phillipsburg, Montana.