Jul. 10th, 1958
County Cork, Ireland
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Fiona Mary Shaw, CBE (née Wilson; born July 10, 1958) is an Irish actress and theatre and opera director. Although to international audiences she is primarily known for her role as Petunia Dursley in the Harry Potter films or her role portraying Marnie Stonebrook in the HBO series True Blood, she is an accomplished classical actress. She has worked extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre and was awarded an honorary CBE in 2001.
Born in County Cork and was raised in the Roman Catholic faith. Her father was an ophthalmic surgeon and her mother was a physicist.
She attended secondary school at Scoil Mhuire in Cork City. She received her degree in University College Cork. She trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London and was part of 'new wave' of actors to emerge from the Academy. She received much acclaim as Julia in the National Theatre production of Richard Sheridan's The Rivals (1983).
- Graduated from RADA.
- Became an Associate Member of RADA.
- 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.
- Former longtime companion of 'Saffron Burrows' (qv) from 2002 to 2005.
- Was nominated for Broadway's 2003 Tony Award as Best Actress (Play) for playing the title character in "Medea."
- 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 '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 an honorary C.B.E. (Commander of the order of the British Empire) in 2001 for her services to drama.