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Fiona Shaw



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
88% The White King
  • Actor
2016
42% The English Teacher
  • Narrator
2013
96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
  • Petunia Dursley
2011
84% The Tree of Life
  • Grandmother
2011
78% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1
  • Petunia Dursley
2010
43% Dorian Gray
  • Agatha
2009
78% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Petunia Dursley
2007
71% Fracture
  • Judge Robinson
2007
21% Catch and Release
  • Mrs. Douglas
2007
32% The Black Dahlia
  • Ramona Linscott
2006
No Score Yet El Sueño de Una Noche de San Juan (Midsummer Dream)
  • Actor
2005
91% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Petunia Dursley
2004
82% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Aunt Petunia
2002
46% Close Your Eyes
  • Lebourg
2002
48% The Triumph of Love
  • Leontine
2002
No Score Yet The Seventh Stream
  • Mrs. Gourdon
2001
80% Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • Aunt Petunia Dursley
2001
No Score Yet Mind Games
  • Actor
2001
42% The Last September
  • Marda
2000
No Score Yet Gormenghast
  • Irma Prunesqualor
2000
92% RKO 281
  • Hedda Hopper
1999
5% The Avengers
  • Father
1998
78% 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
83% Persuasion
  • Mrs. Croft
1995
35% Undercover Blues
  • Novacek
1993
15% Super Mario Bros.
  • Lena
1993
No Score Yet London Kills Me
  • Headley
1991
29% Three Men and a Little Lady
  • Miss Lomax
1990
69% Mountains of the Moon
  • Isabel
1990
97% My Left Foot
  • Dr. Eileen Cole
1989

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
38% Emerald City
2017
  • Actor
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Miss Katherine Greenshaw Hedda Gabler
No Score Yet Great Performances at the Met
2007
  • Director
No Score Yet Miss Marple
2004-2013
  • Actor
70% True Blood
2008-2014
  • Gov. Truman Burrell Niall Marnie
92% Channel Zero
2016
  • Marla Painter

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