Fiona Shaw Biography (1960?-)

Born c. 1960, in Cork, Ireland; father, an eye surgeon; married; husband's name, Hugh; children: two daughters.

Birth Details
Cork, Ireland

Famous Works

  • Stage Appearances
  • Julia Melville, The Rivals, National Theatre Company, Olivier Theatre, London, 1983
  • Mary Shelley, Bloody Poetry, Hampstead Theatre, London, 1984
  • Celia, As You Like It, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-on-Avon, England, then Barbican Theatre, London, both 1985
  • Madame de Volanges, Les liaisons dangereuses, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-on-Avon, 1985, then The Pit, London, 1986
  • Tatyana Vasilyevna, The Philistines, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-on-Avon, 1985, then The Pit, 1986
  • Erika Bruckner, Mephisto, Royal Shakespeare Company, Barbican Theatre, 1986
  • Prudence, The New Inn, Royal Shakespeare Company, Swan Theatre, Stratford-on-Avon, 1987
  • Mistress Carol, Hyde Park, Royal Shakespeare Company, Swan Theatre, 1987, then The Pit, 1988
  • Katherine, The Taming of the Shrew, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-on-Avon, 1987, then Barbican Theatre, 1988
  • Title role, Mary Stuart, Greenwich Theatre, London, 1988
  • Title role, Electra, Royal Shakespeare Company, The Pit, 1988-89
  • Rosalind, As You Like It, Old Vic Theatre, London, 1989
  • Shen The/Shui Ta, The Good Person of Sichuan, National Theatre Company, Olivier Theatre, 1989-90
  • Shakespeare--As He Liked It, Haymarket Theatre, London, 1990
  • Title role, Richard II, Royal National Theatre, London, 1996
  • The Waste Land (solo dramatic reading), Kunsten Festival des Arts,Brussels, Belgium, then Liberty Theatre, New York City, 1997
  • Also appeared in the title role, Hedda Gabler, Abbey Theatre, Dublin, Ireland, then West End production, London; in Footfalls, Garrick Theatre, London; and in Machinal, Royal National Theatre; appeared as Rosaline, Love's Labour's Lost, and in Titus Andronicus,both Royal Shakespeare Company.
  • Major Tours
  • Portia, The Merchant of Venice, Royal Shakespeare Company, Britishcities, 1986-87
  • Beatrice, Much Ado about Nothing, Royal Shakespeare Company, British cities, 1986-87
  • Film Appearances
  • Sister Felicity, Sacred Hearts, Reality/Film Four, 1984
  • Dr. Eileen Cole, My Left Foot (also known as My Left Foot: TheStory of Christy Brown), Miramax, 1989
  • Isabel Arundell (some sources cite Isabel Adams), Mountains of the Moon, TriStar, 1990
  • Miss Lomax, Three Men and a Little Lady, 1990
  • Headley, London Kills Me, 1991
  • Lena, Super Mario Bros., 1993
  • Novacek, Undercover Blues, 1993
  • Pauline, Maria's Child, 1993
  • Mrs. Croft, Persuasion, 1995
  • Mrs. Reed, Jane Eyre (also known as Charlotte Bronte's JaneEyre), Miramax, 1996
  • Lydia, Anna Karenina (also known as Anna Karenine), WarnerBros., 1997
  • Mrs. Nugent, The Butcher Boy, Warner Bros., 1997
  • Father, The Avengers, Warner Bros., 1998
  • Marda Norton, The Last September, Trimark, 1999
  • Frances O'Neil, Mind Games, 2000
  • Aunt Petunia Dursley, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (also known as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone), Warner Bros., 2001
  • The Triumph of Love, 2001
  • Television Appearances
  • Specials
  • Voice of Viola, Twelfth Night, 1992
  • Title role and program host, "Hedda Gabler," Masterpiece Theatre,PBS, 1993
  • The Waste Land, BBC, 1995
  • Episodic
  • Miss Morrison, "The Crooked Man," The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, 1984
  • Herself, Ruby, 1997
  • Other Television Appearances
  • Young Deirdre, Love Song, Anglia Television, then Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1987
  • Gillian Savage, For the Greater Good, 1991
  • Seascape, 1994
  • The Last Machine (series), 1995
  • Title role, Richard II, 1997
  • Hedda Hopper, RKO 281 (movie), HBO, 1999
  • Voice of Irma Prunesquallor, Gormenghast, BBC America, 2000
  • Also appeared in Fireworks for Elspeth.
  • Audio Books
  • The Banyan Tree, Time Warner, 2000
  • Books
  • Composing Myself: A Journey through Postpartum Depression, Steerforth, 1998

Further Reference


    • American Theatre, March, 1997, p. 12.
    • Newsweek, January 15, 1996, p. 67.

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