Shirley Henderson (born 24 November 1965) is a Scottish actress. Her film roles include Gail in Trainspotting (1996), Jude in the three Bridget Jones films (2001/04/16), and Moaning Myrtle in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005). Her other films include Topsy-Turvy (1999), Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself (2002), Frozen (2005), Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008), Anna Karenina (2012), and the Netflix film Okja (2017).
Shirley Henderson in 2009
Henderson starred opposite Robert Carlyle in the BBC series Hamish Macbeth (1995–97), and played Frances Drummond in the BBC drama Happy Valley (2016). She was nominated for the BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actress for the Channel 4 miniseries Southcliffe (2013), for the Canadian Screen Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 2017 film Never Steady, Never Still, and won the 2018 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Elizabeth in the original production of Girl from the North Country.
Henderson was born in Forres, Moray, but grew up in Kincardine (also known as Kincardine-on-Forth), a small town on the north shore of the Firth of Forth, in Fife. As a child, she began singing in local clubs, at charity events, holiday camps and even a boxing contest. Having joined an after-school drama club, Henderson attended Adam Smith College at the age of 16, where she completed a one-year course resulting in a National Certificate in Theatre Arts. She moved to London at 17 where she spent three years at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 1986.
Henderson got her first big break when Leonard White cast her as the lead in the children's television drama Shadow of the Stone on ITV. After this, she spent the majority of her twenties concentrating on performing a wide variety of roles in the theatre. Early 1990 saw her return to television screens when she appeared in the third series of the wartime drama series Wish Me Luck and in Clarissa (1991). More stage work followed before she landed the key role of Isobel in the popular BBC series Hamish Macbeth in 1995.
Henderson then moved into films, playing Morag in Rob Roy (1995) and Spud's girlfriend Gail in Danny Boyle's Trainspotting (1996). She continued her work in the theatre, including many productions at the National Theatre in London. The following year, she appeared in Mike Leigh's Topsy-Turvy — which also provided an opportunity for her to show off her singing skills – and Michael Winterbottom's Wonderland.
She played Jude in all three Bridget Jones films and Moaning Myrtle in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005). She co-starred in the British film Close Your Eyes (2002) along with Goran Višnjić and Miranda Otto and also played French princess Sophie-Philippine in Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette (2006).
Small-screen appearances have included playing Marie Melmotte in The Way We Live Now (2001); Catherine of Braganza in Charles II: The Power and The Passion (2003); Charlotte in Dirty Filthy Love (2004); Ursula Blake in the Doctor Who episode "Love & Monsters" (2006); Emmeline Fox in The Crimson Petal and the White (2011); DS Angela Young in Death in Paradise (2011); and Meg Hawkins in Treasure Island (2012). She played Karen, the lead role, opposite John Simm in Channel 4's Everyday and Meme Kartosov in Anna Karenina.
|1987||Shadow of the Stone||Elizabeth Findlay|
|1990||Wish Me Luck||Sylvie||5 episodes|
|1994||The Bill||Kelly Rogers||1 episode|
|1995||Hamish Macbeth||Isobel Sutherland||19 episodes (1995–1997)|
|1997||Bumping the Odds||Lynette||TV movie|
|2000||Animated Tales of the World||Malmhin|
|2001||The Way We Live Now||Marie Melmotte||4 episodes|
Nominated – Royal Television Society Award for Best Actor – Female
|In a Land of Plenty||Anne Marie||1 episode|
|2003||Charles II: The Power and The Passion||Catherine of Braganza||4 episodes|
|2004||Dirty Filthy Love||Charlotte||TV movie|
Nominated – Royal Television Society Award for Best Actor – Female
|2005||ShakespeaRe-Told||Katherine Minola||The Taming of the Shrew|
|Einstein's Big Idea||Mileva Maric||1 episode|
|2006||Doctor Who||Ursula Blake||1 episode: "Love & Monsters"|
|2007||Wedding Belles||Kelly||TV movie|
|2008||Agatha Christie's Marple: Murder Is Easy||Honoria Waynflete||TV movie|
|2009||May Contain Nuts||Alice||TV movie|
|2011||The Crimson Petal and the White||Emmeline Fox|
|Death in Paradise||DS Angela Young|
|The Gruffalo's Child||The Gruffalo's Child|
|2012||Treasure Island||Meg Hawkins||TV movie|
|2013||Southcliffe||Claire Salter||Nominated – BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|2016||Happy Valley||Frances Drummond||Series 2|
|2018||The ABC Murders||Rose Marbury||3 Part TV Series|
- Girl From the North Country...Elizabeth Laine; Noël Coward Theatre, London; 30 Dec 2017 – 24 Mar 2018 (director: Conor McPherson)
- Girl From the North Country...Elizabeth Laine; Old Vic, London; 8 July – 7 October 2017 (director: Conor McPherson)
- Anna Weiss ... Lynn; Whitehall Theatre, London; 22 November – 18 December 1999 (author: Mike Cullen, director Michael Attenborough)
- Shining Souls ... Mandy; Old Vic, London; 9 November – 1 December 1997 (director: Chris Hannan)
- The Maiden Stone ... Mary; Hampstead Theatre, London; 1999 (director: Matthew Lloyd)
- The House of Bernarda Alba ... Stuart Davids; The Tramway, Glasgow; 10–20 September 1997 (author: Federico García Lorca; director: Stuart Davids)
- Shining Souls ... Mandy; 1997
- The Life of Stuff ... Evelyn, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh; 1996 (director: John Mitchell)
- The Mill on the Floss ... Maggie Tulliver; Tricycle Theatre Shared Experience; 1994 (author: George Eliot, director: Nancy Meckler)
- Romeo and Juliet ... Juliet; Citizens Theatre, Glasgow; 1993 (author: William Shakespeare, director: Giles Havergal)
- Lions in the Street ... Isobel; Hampstead Theatre, London; 1993 (author: Paul Hoffman, director: Matthew Lloyd)
- Eurydice ... Eurydice; Festival Theatre, Chichester; 1993 (director: Michael Rudman)
- My Mother Said I Never Should ... Rosie; Royal Court Theatre, London; 1989 (author: Charlotte Keatley, director: Michael Attenborough)
- The Winter's Tale ... Perdita; Royal National Theatre, London; 1988 (author: William Shakespeare, director: Peter Hall)
- The Tempest ... Miranda; Royal National Theatre, London; 1988 (author: William Shakespeare, director: Peter Hall)
- Entertaining Strangers ... Fanny; 1987
- Douglas Mayo "Olivier Awards 2018 – The Winners", 9 April 2018 (Retrieved: 9 April 2019)
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- Shimmon, Katie; "College days: Shirley Henderson, actress" Guardian.co.uk, 13 January 2004 (Retrieved: 22 August 2009)
- McLean, Gareth; "Shirley, by degrees" Guardian.co.uk, 6 November 2004 (Retrieved: 22 August 2009)
- "Guildhall School of Music and Drama: Alumni" Archived 27 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine GSMD.ac.uk (Retrieved: 22 August 2009)
- Woods, Judith (15 March 2016). "Happy Valley's Shirley Henderson: 'I didn't realise I was that terrifying'". The Telegraph. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
- "The Gruffalo's Child". BBC One. Retrieved 10 December 2011.
- "Cast interviews: Shirley Henderson – Claire Salter". Retrieved 18 August 2013.
- Girl From the North Country, Noël Coward Theatre, review The Daily Telegraph, 11 January 2018 (Retrieved: 17 March 2018)
- "Girl From the North Country Review" theguardian.com (Retrieved: 18 September 2017)
- "Archive page for Anna Weiss" Archived 13 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine Albemarle-London.com (Retrieved: 22 August 2009)
- Benedict, David; "Reviews: Theatre; One wedding, whose funeral?" Independent.co.uk, 12 November 1997 (Retrieved: 22 August 2009)
- "The House of Bernarda Alba" Arts-Archive.com (Retrieved: 22 August 2009)
- Wilson, Sue; "Aiming high, but falling short " The Independent, 16 September 1997 (Retrieved: 22 August 2009)
- Royal National Theater Catalogue; "ROLE120486 overview" Royal National Theater Archives (Retrieved: 5 September 2014)