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Fiona Shaw CBE (born Fiona Mary Wilson; 10 July 1958) is an Irish actress and theatre and opera director. She is known for her role as Petunia Dursley in the Harry Potter film series (2001–10), as Marnie Stonebrook on season four of the HBO series True Blood (2011),[1][2] and as Carolyn Martens on the BBC America series Killing Eve (2018–present), for which she won the 2019 BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actress.[3]

Fiona Shaw

Fiona Shaw BAM 2011-01-16.jpg
Shaw in 2011
Born
Fiona Mary Wilson

(1958-07-10) 10 July 1958 (age 61)
Alma materCork Institute of Technology
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Occupation
  • Actress
  • director
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)

Shaw has worked extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. She won the 1990 Olivier Award for Best Actress for various roles, including Electra, the 1994 Olivier Award for Best Actress for Machinal, and the 1997 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance for The Waste Land. Her other stage work includes playing the title role in Medea in the West End and on Broadway (2001–02). She was awarded an Honorary CBE in 2001.[4]

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Early lifeEdit

Shaw was born in County Cork and identifies as a Roman Catholic.[5] Her father, Denis Wilson, was an ophthalmic surgeon[6][7] and her mother, Mary, was a physicist.[8]

She attended secondary school at Scoil Mhuire in Cork City. She received her degree in Cork Institute of technology. She trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London and was part of a '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).[9]

Shaw openly identifies as a lesbian and was previously in a relationship with actress Saffron Burrows.[10]

She is married to the economist Sonali Deraniyagala.[11]

CareerEdit

ActingEdit

Shaw's theatrical roles include Celia in As You Like It (1984), Madame de Volanges in Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1985), Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew (1987), Lady Franjul in The New Inn (1987), Young Woman in Machinal (1993), for which she won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress, Winnie in Happy Days (2007), and the title roles in Electra (1988), The Good Person of Sechuan (1989), Hedda Gabler (1991), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1998) and Medea (2000). She performed T. S. Eliot's poem The Waste Land as a one-person show at the Liberty Theatre in New York to great acclaim in 1996, winning the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show for her performance.[12]

She played Miss Morrison in the 1984 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes episode "The Adventure of the Crooked Man" and Catherine Greenshaw in Agatha Christie's Marple episode "Greenshaw's Folly" in 2013.

Shaw notably played the male lead in Richard II, directed by Deborah Warner in 1995. Shaw has collaborated with Warner on a number of occasions, on both stage and screen. Shaw has also worked in film and television, including My Left Foot (1989), Mountains of the Moon (1990), Three Men and a Little Lady (1990), Super Mario Bros. (1993), Undercover Blues (1993), Persuasion (1995), Jane Eyre (1996), The Butcher Boy (1997), The Avengers (1998), Gormenghast (2000), and five of the Harry Potter films in which she played Harry Potter's aunt Petunia Dursley. Shaw had a brief but key role in Brian DePalma's The Black Dahlia (2006).

In 2009, Shaw collaborated with Deborah Warner again, taking the lead role in Tony Kushner's translation of Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children. In a 2002 article for The Daily Telegraph, Rupert Christiansen described their professional relationship as "surely one of the most richly creative partnerships in theatrical history."[13] Other collaborations between the two women include productions of Brecht's The Good Woman of Szechuan and Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, the latter was adapted for television.[14]

Shaw appeared in The Waste Land at Wilton's Music Hall in January 2010 and in a National Theatre revival of London Assurance in March 2010.[15] In November 2010, Shaw starred in Ibsen's John Gabriel Borkman at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin alongside Alan Rickman and Lindsay Duncan.[16][17] The play was also staged in New York's Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2011.[18]

Shaw appeared in season four of American TV show True Blood. Shaw's character, Marnie Stonebrook, has been described as an underachieving palm reader who is spiritually possessed by an actual witch.[19] Her character leads a coven of necromancer witches who threaten the status quo in Bon Temps, erasing most of Eric Northman's memories and leaving him almost helpless when he tries to kill her and break up their coven.

In 2012, Shaw appeared in the National Theatre revival of Scenes from an Execution by Howard Barker.

The world’s largest solo theatre festival, United Solo recognized her performance in The Testament of Mary on Broadway with the 2013 United Solo Special Award.[20]

In 2018 Shaw began portraying Carolyn Martens, head of the MI6 Russian Desk, in BBC America's Killing Eve, for which she won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Television Series. Later the same year, she played a senior MI6 officer in Mrs Wilson.[21]

CreditsEdit

Other projects, contributionsEdit

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Work Category
1986 Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role As You Like It / Mephisto Nominated
1990 Olivier Award for Best Actress Electra / As You Like It / The Good Person of Szechwan Won
1992 Olivier Award for Best Actress Hedda Gabler Nominated
1993 Evening Standard Award for Best Actress Machinal Won
1994 Olivier Award for Best Actress Won
1997 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance The Waste Land Won
2001 Evening Standard Award for Best Actress Medea Won
2003 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play Nominated
Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play Nominated
2008 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play Happy Days Nominated
Olivier Award for Best Actress Nominated
2017 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards for Best TV Supporting Actress Channel Zero Nominated
2019 British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actress Killing Eve Won
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Pending
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Fleabag Pending

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Fiona Shaw". London: Film.guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
  2. ^ Edgware Times Archived 26 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Killing Eve takes top prizes in BAFTA TV awards 2019". The Guardian. 12 May 2019. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Honorary CBE notice for Shaw". BBC News. 30 December 2000. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
  5. ^ "Ancient Theater Today". Didaskalia. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
  6. ^ "Dedicated ophthalmic surgeon with a lifelong interest in all things artistic". The Irish Times.
  7. ^ Fiona Shaw Biography at Film Reference.com
  8. ^ "Tim Teeman » Fiona Shaw: 'I have enormous sadness in me'". timteeman.com. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  9. ^ "Fiona Shaw (NT 50th)". National Theatre Website. Archived from the original on 21 September 2015.
  10. ^ "Fiona Shaw: We don't know who were are and the joy is in finding out - Independent.ie". Independent.ie. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  11. ^ Interview with Fiona Shaw, The Observer, 3 March 2019.
  12. ^ Ben Brantly, Memory and Desire: Hearing Eliot's Passion, New York Times 18 November 1996
  13. ^ Rupert Christiansen "Fiona Shaw's double life", Daily Telegraph, 10 May 2002
  14. ^ Lloynd, Ray (27 March 1993). "TV REVIEWS : Visually Exciting, Powerful 'Hedda Gabler'". Los Angeles Times.
  15. ^ Taylor, Paul (18 December 2009). "Mother courage: How Fiona Shaw became the leading actress of her generation". The Independent. London. Retrieved 18 December 2009.
  16. ^ Events Archived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine Abbey Theatre web site
  17. ^ Brantley, Ben (13 January 2011). "Ibsen's Big Chill, With Soul Mates Frozen in Time". The New York Times.
  18. ^ Brantley, Ben (13 January 2011). "'John Gabriel Borkman' at BAM - Review". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  19. ^ Vozick-Levinson, Simon (8 November 2010). "Fiona Shaw joins 'True Blood' cast". Entertainment Weekly.
  20. ^ "Fiona Shaw, Gordon Clapp, & Eric Roberts Among 2013 United Solo Festival Winners". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  21. ^ "Mrs Wilson". BBC Media Centre. 4 December 2018.
  22. ^ "Harry Potter's Fiona Shaw Joins True Blood" 8 November 2010, Source: Deadline, ComingSoon.com
  23. ^ Hetrick, Adam. "Fiona Shaw Stars in 'The Testament of Mary', Beginning March 26 on Broadway" Archived 7 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine playbill.com, 26 March 2013
  24. ^ " Fiona Shaw to direct Madea at Wexford Festival Opera Irish Times, 2 March 2017
  25. ^ "Simon Schama's John Donne, BBC2
    Armando Iannucci in Milton's Heaven and Hell, BBC2
    My Life in Verse: Sheila Hancock, BBC2"
    . The Independent. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  26. ^ "TV review: the BBC's poetry season". The Daily Telegraph. 26 May 2009. Retrieved 2 September 2015.

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