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Also Known As: Fiona Mary Shaw Died:
Born: July 10, 1958 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Cork, IE Profession: actor

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An Irish-born stage actress often (to her dismay) compared to Vanessa Redgrave, Fiona Shaw has been making inroads onscreen as well since the late 1980s. Intense and fiercely intellectual off-stage and on, this statuesque brunette with a great aquiline profile graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1982 and promptly made her debut in "Love's Labour's Lost". Since then, she has turned in one powerful--sometimes controversial--stage performance after another, including Celia in "As You Like It" (1985), Erika in "Mephisto" (1986), a near-psychotic Katherine in "The Taming of the Shrew" (1987-1988) and "Mary Stuart" (1988 and 1996), earning a reputation as a superb classical actress/daredevil. Shaw's most hotly-debated role was as "Richard II", which she played in 1995 and which marked her sixth collaboration (since 1988) with her longtime friend, director Deborah Warner. The two made their NYC debut in 1996 with a hit staging of "The Waste Land", T. S. Eliot's 433-line poem about death and resurrection. Critics praised Shaw for her brilliant performance in the tour de force which had the actress standing alone on a bare stage, conjuring up a bleak gallery of characters lost in a realm of...

An Irish-born stage actress often (to her dismay) compared to Vanessa Redgrave, Fiona Shaw has been making inroads onscreen as well since the late 1980s. Intense and fiercely intellectual off-stage and on, this statuesque brunette with a great aquiline profile graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1982 and promptly made her debut in "Love's Labour's Lost". Since then, she has turned in one powerful--sometimes controversial--stage performance after another, including Celia in "As You Like It" (1985), Erika in "Mephisto" (1986), a near-psychotic Katherine in "The Taming of the Shrew" (1987-1988) and "Mary Stuart" (1988 and 1996), earning a reputation as a superb classical actress/daredevil. Shaw's most hotly-debated role was as "Richard II", which she played in 1995 and which marked her sixth collaboration (since 1988) with her longtime friend, director Deborah Warner. The two made their NYC debut in 1996 with a hit staging of "The Waste Land", T. S. Eliot's 433-line poem about death and resurrection. Critics praised Shaw for her brilliant performance in the tour de force which had the actress standing alone on a bare stage, conjuring up a bleak gallery of characters lost in a realm of spiritual blight.

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 We Believed (2011)
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 Dorian Gray (2009)
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 Fracture (2007)
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1980:
Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London
1983:
Made professional stage debut in "Love's Labor's Lost"
1983:
Played Julia Melville in "The Rivals" at London's Olivier Theatre
1984:
Made her film debut as Sister Felicity in "Sacred Hearts"
1984:
Essayed the role of Mary Shelley in Howard Brenton's London play, "Bloody Poetry"
1985:
Joined the Royal Shakespeare Company
1986:
Portrayed Portia and Beatrice in the Royal Shakespeare Company's touring productions of "The Merchant of Venice" and "Much Ado About Nothing"
1987:
Essayed the role of Prudence in "The New Inn"
1988:
First stage collaboration with director Deborah Warner, the title role in "Electra"
1988:
Breakthrough film role, Played Dr. Eileen Cole in "My Left Foot"
1990:
Played Isabel Arundell, explorer Richard Burton's free-spirited wife, in "Mountains of the Moon"
1990:
Had a memorable role in "Three Men and a Little Lady"
1993:
Featured in "Super Mario Brothers," based on the popular video game
1995:
Portrayed the title character in Deborah Warner's London play, "Richard II"
1996:
Performed T. S. Eliot's poem "The Waste Land" as a one-person show at the Liberty Theatre in New York
1998:
Co-starred as the imperious neighbor in Neil Jordan's "The Butcher Boy"
1998:
Starred in London revival of "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie"
1998:
Co-starred opposite Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman in the big-screen version of "The Avengers"
1999:
Portrayed Hollywood gossip columnist Hedda Hopper in HBO's "RKO 281"
1999:
Co-starred in Deborah Warner's feature directorial debut, "The Last September"
1999:
Made her Royal National Theatre directorial debut with the touring production of George Bernard Shaw's "Widowers' Houses"
2000:
Appeared as Irma Prunesquallor in the BBC miniseries, "Gormenghast"
2000:
Directed by Deborah Warner in "Medea" at Dublin's Abbney Theatre
2001:
Played Aunt Petunia in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"
2002:
Reprised role of Aunt Petunia for "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"
2004:
Appeared in the thriller, "Close Your Eyes"
2004:
Reprised role of Aunt Petunia for "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"
2007:
Reprised role of Aunt Petunia for "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"
2007:
Co-starred with Jennifer Garner in "Catch and Release"
2008:
Directed her first opera, "Riders to the Sea" at the English National Opera
2009:
Played the lead role in Tony Kushner's translation of "Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children"
2010:
Reprised role of Aunt Petunia for the seventh and final installment of the series directed by David Yates, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1"
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Education

University College, Cork: -
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England - 1982

Notes

"I take the theatre seriously in that I loathe it, I'm bored by it. I find it incredibly tedious, I hate that it murders itself with its own conservative pomposity . . . It's praised for fulfilling the expectations of the audience when it should surpass the expectations of the audience . . . The nice thing about movie roles is that someone else has done all the worrying. I had lots of qualms about doing 'Three Men and a Little Lady,' only to find that it caused more delight to more children in the world than all my worried projects put together." --Fiona Shaw quoted at Salon in 1995

Sydney Weinberg in Time Out New York, (November 21-28, 1996) describes Fiona Shaw and Deborah Warner as "not so much The Terrible Twins as T.S. Eliot's 'mermaids singing to each other'."

Describing long-time collaborator Deborah Warner at Salon (January 17, 1997), Shaw said: "I can be brave as a lion and go further than I would dare go with anyone else because I trust her totally. Her taste is impeccable".

"I don't suppose any of us involved in the classical theater here thought we could have or particularly wanted film careers. Film is about faces, especially for women, and theater is about acting". --Fiona Shaw to the Daily News April 23, 2000

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