Fiona Shaw

Fiona Shaw

Highest Rated: 97% My Left Foot (1989)

Lowest Rated: 5% The Avengers (1998)

Birthday: Jul 10, 1958

Birthplace: County Cork, Ireland

Thin-lipped and statuesque Irish actress Fiona Shaw frequently takes the lead on the theatrical stage but steers her talents toward supporting roles in feature films. Born in County Cork, she studied philosophy before moving on to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. During the '80s she worked mainly on-stage as part of the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Some of her stage credits include As You Like It, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, and a one-woman reading of T.S. Eliot's epic poem The Waste Land, just to name a few. She made her film debut in 1984 as one of the nuns in the WWII drama Sacred Hearts, but her breakthrough role came in 1989 as the doctor whom Christy Brown grows infatuated with in My Left Foot. The next year, she played the wife of an explorer in the British Empire film Mountains of the Moon. She also excelled at comedy with memorable roles in Three Men and a Little Lady, London Kills Me, Super Mario Bros., and Undercover Blues. In 1995, she turned to literary adaptations and costume dramas with Persuasion, Jane Eyre, and Anna Karenina. She then played Francie's sharp-tongued mother in Neil Jordan's childhood drama The Butcher Boy. Around this time, her longtime colleague Deborah Warner directed the controversial television adaptation of Richard II, with Shaw in the lead role of the young king. Also on television, she played Hedda Hopper in the HBO movie RKO 281 and Irma Prunesquallor in the BBC miniseries Gormenghast. She collaborated with director Warner again for The Last September, based on the novel by Irish author Elizabeth Bowen. In 2001, she received the honorary Companion of the British Empire award and portrayed the spinster scientist Leontine in Clare Peploe's The Triumph of Love. Returning to the stage to play Medea on Broadway, she found herself well-costumed once again as the wretched Aunt Petunia Dursely in the series of Harry Potter feature films. Though she returned as required for the many Potter films, she also appeared in The Triumph of Love, Catch and Release, and Terrence Malick's well-reviewed Tree of Life.


Highest Rated Movies



87% Colette Sido 2018
66% Lizzie Abby Borden 2018
71% The White King Actor 2017
57% The Hippopotamus Anne Logan 2017
No Score Yet Untitled Actor 2017
86% Out of Innocence Actor 2016
41% The English Teacher Narrator $60.7K 2013
96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 Petunia Dursley $381.1M 2011
84% The Tree of Life Grandmother $13.4M 2011
77% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 Petunia Dursley $295M 2010
44% Dorian Gray Agatha 2009
78% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Petunia Dursley $292M 2007
71% Fracture Judge Robinson $39.1M 2007
22% Catch and Release Mrs. Douglas $15.3M 2007
32% The Black Dahlia Ramona Linscott $22.6M 2006
No Score Yet El Sueño de Una Noche de San Juan (Midsummer Dream) Actor 2005
90% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Petunia Dursley $249.4M 2004
83% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Aunt Petunia $261.9M 2002
46% Close Your Eyes Lebourg 2002
48% The Triumph of Love Leontine $0.4M 2002
No Score Yet The Seventh Stream Mrs. Gourdon 2001
81% Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Aunt Petunia Dursley $317.6M 2001
No Score Yet Mind Games Actor 2001
42% The Last September Marda 2000
93% RKO 281 Hedda Hopper 1999
5% The Avengers Father 1998
77% The Butcher Boy Mrs. Nugent 1997
26% Anna Karenina Lydia 1997
No Score Yet Paul McCartney's Standing Stone Actor 1997
74% Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre Mrs. Reed 1996
86% Persuasion Mrs. Croft 1995
37% Undercover Blues Novacek 1993
23% Super Mario Bros. Lena 1993
No Score Yet London Kills Me Headley 1991
38% Three Men and a Little Lady Miss Lomax 1990
67% Mountains of the Moon Isabel 1990
97% My Left Foot Dr. Eileen Cole 1989


89% Killing Eve
Carolyn Martens 2020
100% Fleabag
Counsellor 2019
91% Mrs. Wilson
Coleman 2019
38% Emerald City
93% Channel Zero
Marla Painter 2016
No Score Yet Great Performances at the Met
Director 2014
No Score Yet Miss Marple
No Score Yet Masterpiece
Miss Katherine Greenshaw Hedda Gabler 2014
70% True Blood
Gov. Truman Burrell Niall Marnie 2013
100% Inside No. 9


Christy Brown says: I think you;re brilliant.

Christy Brown says: I think you're brilliant.

Dr. Eileen Cole says: I'm only as brilliant as my patients.

Dr. Eileen Cole says: With speech therapy, I could teach you how to say "Fuck off" more clearly.

Grandmother says: Life goes on. People pass along. Nothing stays the same.