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Henderson, Shirley (I) Biography




biography of Henderson, Shirley (I)

24 November 1965, Kincardine, Fife, Scotland, UK
5' 0 1/2"
The eldest of three sisters, Shirley Henderson was born into a working-class family in the village of Kincardine in Fife, Scotland. As a teenager she sang locally and performed in school drama clubs. Her first break came when she watched a singer on the _"Opportunity Knocks" (1956)_ (qv) TV talent program and decided she could do as well. She entered and won a talent competition at Butlins Holiday Camp and from there graduated to local music club gigs. She was later accepted by London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She performed on stage in England's National Theatre company, which led to a role on the British TV drama _"Hamish Macbeth" (1995)_ (qv) with future _Trainspotting (1996)_ (qv) co-star 'Robert Carlyle (I)' (qv).
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Shirley Henderson grew up in Fife, Scotland. She began performing young and at the age of 13 found herself singing in a boxing ring between bouts after winning a local singing competition. She went on to sing in the local working men's clubs on Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons. After deciding upon acting as a career, she uprooted to London to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. After graduating in 1986 she embarked upon a stage career that included spells at the National Theatre under the direction of Peter Hall, the Royal Court, the Traverse, Hampstead, the Citizens, Shared Experience and most recently in Anna Weiss at the Whitehall Theatre under the direction of Michael Attenborough. Her first on-screen break saw her playing opposite 'Robert Carlyle (I)' (qv) in the popular TV series _"Hamish Macbeth" (1995)_ (qv) which led to small roles in _Rob Roy (1995)_ (qv) and _Trainspotting (1996)_ (qv).
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-   Soft, raspy, squeaky, childlike voice


-   Being age 35 at the time that she first played Moaning Myrtle, she is the oldest actor to play a Hogwarts student in the Harry Potter films.

-   In _Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)_ (qv), she plays Jude, who is always in the ladies' room crying about her boyfriend; in _Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)_ (qv), she plays Moaning Myrtle, a young ghost who is always crying in the girls' room.

-   In 2005 she was runner-up for the Golden Needle at the Seattle International Film Festival for Frozen (2004).

-   In 2005 she won Best Actress at the Marrakech International Film Festival for Frozen (2004).

-   In 2005 she was runner-up for Best Actress at the Film de Femmes Creteil for Frozen (2004).

-   In 2004 she won a Best Scottish Actor nomination at the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards.

-   In 2004 she won the Bowmore/Scottish Screen/Sunday Times Actress of the Year for American Cousins (2003), intermission (2003) and Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself (2002).

-   In 2004 she won Best Comedy Actress at the Newport Beach Film International Film Festival for American Cousins (2003).

-   In 2003 she won the Silver Plaque at the Chicago International Film Festival for Fishy (2003).

-   In 2001 she won a nomination for the Bowmore/Scottish Screen/Sunday Times Actress of the Year for Wonderland (1999) and Topsy-Turvy (1999).

-   In 2002 she won a nomination for the Bowmore/Scottish Screen/Sunday Times Actress of the Year for The Claim (2000) and Bridget Jones's Diary (2001).

-   In 2002 she was named Most Deserving Actor by The Scotsman newspaper for Twenty-four Hour Party People (2002), Once Upon a Time in the Midlands (2002), Villa des Roses (2002) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002).

-   In 2003 she won a nomination for the Bowmore/Scottish Screen/Sunday Times Actress of the Year for Twenty-four Hour Party People (2002), Once Upon a Time in the Midlands (2002), Villa des Roses (2002) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002).

-   In 2003 she won a British Supporting Actress of the Year nomination at the London Film Critics Circle for Twenty-four Hour Party People (2002).

-   In 2005 she was awarded Best Actress in a Scottish Film by the BAFTA Awards Scotland for Frozen (2004).

-   In 2006 she won Best Actress at the Cherbourg International Film Festival for Frozen (2004).

-   She is the only actress to have won Best Actress at Cherbourg-Octeville twice.

-   Graduated from the Guildhall of Music and Drama (London) in 1986.


-   Played Lynn in "Anna Weiss" by 'Mike Cullen (I)' (qv) - Whitehall Theatre, London (1999).

-   Played Mandy in "Shining Souls", a new play by 'Chris Harman (I)' (qv) - Old Vic Theatre, London (1999).

-   Played Mary in "The Maiden Stone", a new play by 'Rona Munro' (qv) - Hampstead Theatre, London (1999).

-   Played Maggie in Shared Experience's adaptation of "The Mill on the Floss" based on the novel by 'George Eliot (I)' (qv) - UK tour (1994).

-   Played Juliet in Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet" - Citizens' Theatre, Glasgow (1993).

-   Played Isobel in "Lions in the Street" - Hampstead Theatre, London (1993).

-   Played Evelyn in "The Life of Stuff" by 'Simon Donald (III)' (qv) - Traverse Theate, Edinburgh (1996).

-   Played the title character in "Eurydice" by Sarah Ruhl - Minerva Theate, Chichester Festival Theatre (1990).

-   Played Rosie in "My Mother Said I Never Should" by 'Charlotte Keatley (II)' (qv) - Royal Court Theatre, London (1989).

-   Played Fanny in "Entertaining Strangers" by 'David Edgar (I)' (qv) - National Theatre, London (1987).

-   Played Perdita in Shakspeare's "The Winter's Tale" - National Theatre, London (1988).

-   Played Miranda in Shakespeare's "The Tempest" - National Theatre, London (1988).

-   Close Your Eyes (2002)

-   (1994) She acted in Helen Edmundson's adaptation of George Eliot's novel, "The Mill on the Floss," in a Shared Experience production at the Tricycle Theatre in London, England with Simeon Andrews, Michael Matus, Buddug Morgan, Ian Puleston-Davies, Simon Robson, Clara Salaman, and Helen Schlesinger in the cast. Nancy Meckler and Polly Teale were the directors.


-   (April 2006) Just finished a new short film up in Scotland called Ma Boy and a guest appearance on Doctor Who.

-   (September 2006) Just finished filming on the comedy I Really Hate My Job, in which she plays one of the five leads, and is currently preparing for her role in Master of Lies, which is in pre-production.

-   (October 2006) Filming 'Wedding Belles' for Channel 4 Films, written by Irvine Welsh.

-   (April 2007) Currently filming Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, a film with Amy Adams, Ciaran Hinds and Mark Strong.

-   (October 2007) Currently filming May Contain Nuts, a two-part comedy drama for ITV1 with Sophie Thompson. The Tiger Aspect production is shooting around London till November for a 2008 release.


-   "The Times Screen" (UK), 27 November 2003, pg. 6-7, by: Dave Calhoun, "Shirley No Mistake"


-   "IFCRant" (USA), March 2004, Iss. 24

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