Shirley Henderson in 2009
24 November 1965 |
Forres, Moray, Scotland
Shirley Henderson (born 24 November 1965) is a Scottish actress. She is perhaps best known for her roles as Gail in Trainspotting, Jude in Bridget Jones's Diary and Moaning Myrtle in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Henderson was born in Forres, Moray, but grew up in Kincardine, 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 Fife 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 Shirley return to television screens when she appeared in the third series of the wartime drama series Wish Me Luck and 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. 1999 saw critically acclaimed performances 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 both 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 was the oldest actress to portray a child's character in the films.
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 the lead role (Karen) opposite John Simm in Channel Four'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|
|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|
|2005||ShakespeaRe-Told||Katherine Minola||The Taming of the Shrew|
|Einstein's Big Idea||Mileva Maric||1 episode|
|2006||Doctor Who – "Love & Monsters"||Ursula Blake||1 episode|
|2011||The Crimson Petal and the White||Emmeline Fox|
|Death in Paradise||DS Angela Young|
|The Gruffalo's Child||The Gruffalo's Child|
- 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
- Gilbey, Ryan; "Shirley Henderson: The rise of little voice" Independent.co.uk, 5 December 2003 (Retrieved: 22 August 2009)
- "The Way We Live Now: Who's Who: Marie Melmotte — Shirley Henderson" PBS.org (Retrieved: 22 August 2009)
- Henderson's parents were born in Thurso, Caithness, and she spent her summer holidays at her grandmother's home in Shore Street.
- Neill, Heather; "Mistress of the roles" Independent.co.uk, 13 October 2002 (Retrieved: 22 August 2009)
- Hooton, Amanda; "Shirley Henderson — Ferocious fairy" The Scotsman Weekend, 15 March 1997 (Retrieved: 22 August 2009)
- 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" GSMD.ac.uk (Retrieved: 22 August 2009)
- "The Gruffalo's Child". BBC One. Retrieved 10 December 2011.
- "Cast interviews: Shirley Henderson – Claire Salter". Retrieved 18 August 2013.
- "Archive page for Anna Weiss" 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)
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- Shirley Henderson at the Internet Movie Database
- Shirley Henderson at Hamilton Hodell Talent Management