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).
- 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.
- 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.
- Graduated from University College Cork.
- She was awarded the 1993 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress for her performance in Machinal.
- 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.
- 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.