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Shaw, Fiona Biography




biography of Shaw, Fiona

Fiona Mary Wilson
10 July 1958, County Cork, Ireland
5' 8"


-   She was awarded an honorary C.B.E. (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2001 Queen's Honours List for her services to drama.

-   Played "Miss Jean Brodie" on stage in London.

-   At the Evening Standard Theatre Awards she was named Best Actress for 'Medea' performed at the Queeen's Theater in London. (2002)

-   She was awarded the 'Laurence Olivier' (qv) Theatre Award in 1990 (1989 season) for Best Actress in a New Play for "Electra", "As You Like It" and "The Person of Sichaun".

-   She was awarded the 'Laurence Olivier' (qv) Theatre Award in 1994 (1993 season) for Best Actress in her performance for "Machinal" at the Royal National Theatre.

-   She was awarded the 1993 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress for her performance in Machinal.

-   She was awarded the 1991 London Critics Circle Theatre Award (Drama Theatre Award) for Best Actress for her performance in Hedda Gabler.

-   She was awarded the 1989 London Critics Circle Theatre Award (Drama Theatre Award) for Best Actress for her performances in Electra and The Good Person of Sichuan.

-   She was awarded the 2001 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress for her performance in Medea at the Queen's Theatre in London, England.

-   Became an Associate Member of RADA.

-   Graduated from RADA.

-   Was nominated for Broadway's 2003 Tony Award as Best Actress (Play) for playing the title character in "Medea."

-   In the Independent on Sunday [UK] 2006 Pink List - a list of the most influential gay men and women - Fiona Shaw came no. 69, a new entry.

-   Born to an eye surgeon and his wife, a physicist.

-   Following an unhappy experience playing Kate in "The Taming of the Shrew" for 'Jonathan Miller (I)' (qv) (Miller would not extend himself to allow the inclusion of modern sexual politics), she has only occasionally worked with male directors. Her collaboration with 'Deborah Warner (I)' (qv) has produced a string of daring performances and an armful of theatre awards.

-   She won the Bancroft Gold Medal at RADA and made her professional debut as Rosaline in "Love's Labour's Lost" in 1982.

-   Graduated from University College Cork.

-   Attended secondary school at Scoil Mhuire in Cork City.

-   Former longtime companion of 'Saffron Burrows' (qv) from 2002 to 2005.

-   Throughout the Harry Potter movie series, Shaw played "Petunia Dursley", Harry Potter's aunt, who had a strong aversion to any mention of or person connected to witchcraft or wizardry. Soon after finishing the last Potter movie, she started playing a witch possessed by a much-more powerful witch on the TV show, _"True Blood" (2008)_ (qv).

-   Lives within earshot of London Zoo (Regent's Park) (UK).

-   A fitness enthusiast, Shaw commutes around her home base in London on her bicycle.

-   Has 2 children with, her now ex-husband, Hugh Shaw.


-   (May 2002): Plays in "The Powerbook" play she co-wrote with 'Jeanette Winterson' (qv) and 'Deborah Warner (I)' (qv) (Royal National Theater/Lyttelton, London, England, UK).

-   Theatre: co-devised (with 'Jeanette Winterson' (qv) and 'Deborah Warner (I)' (qv)), and appeared in, "The Powerbook", at the National Theatre, London (2002).

-   (October 2002): Plays Medea in "Medea" play by 'Euripides' (qv) (Brooklyn Academy of Music's Harvey Theater, New York City, New York, USA).

-   (April-May 2005) Plays "Calpurnia" in 'Deborah Warner (I)' (qv)'s production of 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv)'s "Julius Caesar" in London's Barbican Centre. The production, starring 'Ralph Fiennes' (qv) ("Mark Antony") and 'John Shrapnel' (qv) ("Caesar"), will be on tour to France and Spain later this year.

-   (1989) She acted in William Shakespeare's play, "As You Like It," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Adam Kotz, Karl Johnson, James Fleet, Helen Cooper, John McEnery, Ronald Hines, and Simon Roberts in the cast. Tim Albery was director.

-   (2001) She played "Medea" in Euripedes' play, "Medea," at the Queen's Theatre in London England.

-   (2005) She acted in the William Shakespeare's play, "Julius Caesar," at the Barbican Theatre in London, England with Ralph Fiennes, John Shrapnel, Anton Lesser, Simon Russell Beale, David Collings, Daniel Weyman, Jim Hooper, Struan Rodger, Clifford Rose, Sean Baker, and Rohan Siva in the cast. Deborah Warner was director.

-   (1985) She acted in William Shakespeare's play, "As You Like It," in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Royal Shakepeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with Hilton McRae, Juliet Stevenson, Alan Rickman, and Nicky Henson in the cast. Adrian Noble was director.

-   (1986) She acted in Adrian Mnouchkine, Klaus Mann, and Timberlake Wertenbaker's play, "Mephisto," in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Barbican Theatre in London, England with Alan Rickman in the cast. Adrian Noble was director.

-   (1986) She acted in Maxim Gorky's play, "Philistines," in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at The Pit Theatre in London, England with Sean Baker, David Burke, Margery Mason, Mark Dignam, Tom Mannion, and Anna Calder-Marshall in the cast. John Caird was director.

-   (1987) She acted in James Shirley's play, "Hyde Park," in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with James Fleet, Richard McCabe, John Carlisle, Pippa Guard, Alex Jennings, and Felicity Dean in the cast. Barry Kyle was director.

-   (February 1983 to March 1983; July 1983 to September 1983) She acted in the British National Theatre Season Repertoire at the Cottesloe, Lyttelton, and Olivier Theatres in London, England in Frank Leosser's musical, "Guys and Dolls;" John Gay's play, "The Beggar's Opera;" Alan Ayckbourn's play, "Way Upstream;" Bertolt Brecht and Eisler's play, "Schweyk In the Second World War;" Oscar Wilde's play, "The Importance of Being Earnest;" Thomas Kyd's play, "The Spanish Tragedy;" David Hare's play, "A Map Of the World;" George Bernard Shaw's play, "Major Barbara;" Peter Gill's plays, "A Kick for Touch," and "Small Change;" William Shakespeare's play, "A Midsummer's Night Dream;" Harold Pinter's play, "Other Places;" Alfred Du Musset's play, "Lorenzaccio;" Richard Brinsley Sheridan's play, "The Rivals;" Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman's play, "You Can't Take It With You;" Jean Giradoux's play, "The Trojan War Will Not Take Place;" John Marston and David A. Blostein's play, "The Fawn;" plays, "One Woman Plays;" Christopher Hampton's play, "Tales from Hollywood;" and David Mamet's play, "Glengarry Glen Ross;" with Clive Arrindell, Norman Beaton, Michael Bryant, Yvonne Bryceland, Kenneth Cranham, Annette Crosbie, Edward De Souza, Judi Dench, J.G. Devlin, Jane Downs, Susan Fleetwood, Barry Foster, Michael Gambon, Brian Glover, Stefan Gryff, Nigel Havers, Patricia Hayes, Tony Haygarth, James Hazeldine, Greg Hicks, Ronald Hines, Michael Hordern, Martin Jarvis, Karl Johnson, Paul Jones, Jane Lapotaire, James Laurenson, Patti Love, Brewster Mason, Anna Massey, Geraldine McEwan, Julia McKenzie, Bill Nighy, John Normington, Nicola Pagett, Bill Paterson, Trevor Peacock, Edward Petherbridge, Sian Philips, Diana Quick, Ralph Richardson, Paul Rogers, Patrick Ryecart, Paul Scofield, Roshan Seth, Jack Shepherd, Belinda Sinclair, Imelda Staunton, Maggie Steed, Zoe Wanamaker June Watson, Billie Whitelaw, Penelope Wilton, and David Yelland in the cast.

-   (1989) She acted in Bertolt Brecht's play, "The Good Person of Sichuan," in a British National Theatre production at the Olivier Theatre in London, England with Susan Engel, Pete Postlethwaite, Bill Paterson, Oscar Quitak, and Maria Charles in the cast. Deborah Warner was director.

-   (May 1989-December 1989) She acted in the British National Theatre Repertoire Season at the Cottesloe Theatre, Lyttelton Theatre, and Olivier Theatre in London, England in Henrik Ibsen's plays, "Hedda Gabler," and "Whale;" David Lan and Joshua Sobol's play, "Ghetto;" William Shakespeare's play, "Hamlet;" Moliere's play, "The Misanthrope;" David Storey's play, "The March on Russia;" Sean O'Casey's play, "Juno and the Paycock;" David Hare's play, "The Secret Rapture;" Harley Granville Barker's play, "The Voysey Inheritance;" Felix Lupe De Ovega's play, "Fuente Ovejuna;" Teatro Del Sur's production of the play "Tango Varsoviano;" Frank Galati's stage adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel, "The Grapes of Wrath," in a Steppenwolf Theatre Company production from Chicago, Illinois; Dion Boucicault's play, "The Shaughraun;" David Mamet's play, "Speed-The-Plow;" the play, "The Long Wat Round;" Pedro Calderon De La Barca's play, "Schism in England;" Anton Chekhov's play, "Uncle Vanya," in a Moscow Art Theatre production from the Soviet Union; play, "Suicide for Love," in a Ninagawa Company production from Japan; Patricia Gordon's play, "The Magic Carpet;" Luigi Pirandello's play, "Man Beast and Virtue;" Georges Farquhar's play, "The Beaux Strategem;" Bertolt Brecht's play, "The Good Person of Sichuan;" Oliver Wilde's play, "Salome;" August Wilson's play, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom;" and Martin Sherman's play, "Bent;" with Sheila Ballantine, David Bamber, Steven Berkoff, Brenda Blethyn, Richard Bonneville, Michael Bryant, Suzanne Burden, David Burke, Anna Calder-Marshall, Jason Carter, Michael Cashman, John Castle, Constance Chapman, Maria Charles, Ian Charleson, Graham Crowden, Jonathan Cullen, Daniel Day Lewis, Judi Dench, Susan Engel, Trevor Eve, Oliver Ford-Davies, Maria Friedman, Aidan Gillen, Stella Gonet, Frank Grimes, Jane Gurnett, George Harris, Tony Haygarth, Janet Henfrey, Guy Henry, David Horovitch, Geoffrey Hutchings, Harold Innocent, Alex Jennings, Paul Jesson, Rachel Joyce, James Laurenson, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Mark Lockyer, Ian McKellen, Alfred Molina, Jeremy Northam, Richard O'Callaghan, Bill Owen, Bill Paterson, Clarke Peters, Edward Petherbridge, Angela Pleasance, Pete Postlethwaite, Hugh Quarshie, Stephen Rashbrook, Crispin Redman, Terence Rigby, Linus Roache, Norman Rodway, Clive Rowe, Patsy Rowlands, Katharine Schlesinger, Malcolm Sinclair, Maggie Steed, Juliet Stevenson, Jo Stone-Fewings, Tilda Swinton, Sian Thomas, Susan Tracy, Bridget Turner, June Watson, Janet Whiteside, Toyah Wilcox, Emil Wolk, and John Woodvine in the cast.


-   (December 2002) Starring in the title role in "Medea" on Broadway

-   (January 2007) Appearing in the leading role in 'Samuel Beckett' (qv)'s "Happy Days", at National Theatre, London.


-   "The Independent Arts & Books" (UK), 18 December 2009, Iss. 7233, pg. 4 - 6, by: Paul Taylor, "Mother courage"


-   "The Sunday Times Magazine" (UK), 16 October 2011, pg. 66, by: Sue Fox (interview) David Vintiner (portrait), "A Life in the Day"


-   "Celebrity Sleuth" (USA), 2006, Iss. 43, pg. 28-31, by: staff, "Come Out...Move In! - Lesbian Troygirl & Hairy Potter"

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