Shaw, Fiona (1958–)

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Shaw, Fiona (1958–)

Irish actress. Born Fiona Mary Wilson, July 10, 1958, in Co. Cork, Ireland; graduate of Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Came to prominence as Julia in the National Theatre production of The Rivals (1983), followed by The Taming of the Shrew and Hyde Park, for the RSC; acclaimed for performances in Electra (1988), The Good Person of Sichuan, and Hedda Gabler, winning 3 Olivier Awards; starred as Richard in Richard II (1996), the 1st woman to play the deposed king; named Best Actress at Evening Standard Theatre Awards for Machinal (1993) and Medea (2002); on tv, appeared on "Gormenghast" (2000), among others; films include My Left Foot (1989), Mountains of the Moon (1990), Three Men and a Little Lady (1990), Super Mario Brothers (1993) and Persuasion (1995); also appeared as Aunt Petunia in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004). Awarded CBE (2001).