Actress Saffron Burrows on Monday announced that she married her girlfriend Alison Balian last year.

The couple have been together for six and a half years and are raising a 2-year-old son.

The 42-year-old Burrows is best known for her portrayal of Detective Serena Stevens on the television drama Law & Order: Criminal Intent and her appearances in such films as In the Name of the Father and Deep Blue Sea.

“I always liked the idea of being with someone for a while and then getting married, but I didn't know if I'd do it,” she told The Guardian. “I'm quite a romantic, I probably thought I would do it.”

Burrows said that she and Balian, a writer for the Ellen DeGeneres Show, eloped last August.

Burrows was previously involved with film director Mike Figgis and actor Alan Cumming.

She explained that she was discussing her private life because she was proud of her family but added that she was not gay.

“I chose to speak to you because … I'm really proud of my family and who they are, these two individuals beside me. That's certainly my proudest achievement. And for my boy, I want to be honest with him because he deserves it – but also proud. And I want us to live a very honest life with each other. I think for a while I was just avoiding conversations, in order to not be labeled in some way that I felt was limiting and not actually true to who I am.”

“I really salute these young women who come out,” she said, a nod to Ellen Page, “but if I said I was gay that wouldn't be true.”