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).
- She won the Bancroft Gold Medal at RADA and made her professional debut as Rosaline in "Love's Labour's Lost" in 1982.
- Born to an eye surgeon and his wife, a physicist.
- Graduated from University College Cork.
- Former longtime companion of 'Saffron Burrows' (qv) from 2002 to 2005.
- 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 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 2001 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress for her performance in Medea at the Queen's Theatre in London, England.