Shirley Henderson

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Shirley Henderson
Shirley Henderson.jpg
Shirley Henderson in 2009
Born (1965-11-24) 24 November 1965 (age 49)
Forres, Moray, Scotland
Occupation Actress
Years active 1987–present
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Shirley Henderson (born 24 November 1965) is a Scottish actress. She is perhaps best known for her film roles as Gail in Trainspotting (1996), Jude in Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) 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), Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004), Frozen (2005), Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008) and Anna Karenina (2012). On television from 1995-1997, she starred opposite Robert Carlyle in the BBC series Hamish Macbeth. In 2014, she received a BAFTA TV Award nomination for the Channel 4 miniseries Southcliffe (2013).

Early life[edit]

Henderson was born in Forres, Moray, but grew up in Kincardine, Fife.[1][2][3] As a child, she began singing in local clubs, at charity events, holiday camps and even a boxing contest.[1][4] Having joined an after-school drama club,[5] Henderson attended Fife College at the age of 16, where she completed a one-year course resulting in a National Certificate in Theatre Arts.[6] She moved to London at 17 where she spent three years at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 1986.[7][8]

Career[edit]

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.[citation needed] 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[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] 1999 saw critically acclaimed performances[citation needed] 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. She co-starred in the British film "Close Your Eyes" (2002) along with Goran Višnjić and Miranda Otto.

Shirley Henderson also played French princess Sophie-Philippine in Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette (2006).

She played the school matron in Nick Moore's 2008 film Wild Child.

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.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1991 Dreaming Pauline TV movie
Advocates I Andrea aka The Advocates
Clarissa Sally TV movie
1994 Salt on Our Skin Mary
1995 Rob Roy Morag
1996 Trainspotting Gail
1997 Bumping the Odds Lynette TV movie
1998 Speak Like a Child Woman in Dream uncredited
1999 Topsy-Turvy Leonora Braham Nominated – London Film Critics Circle Award for British Supporting Actress of the Year
Wonderland Debbie
2000 The Claim Annie
2001 Bridget Jones's Diary Jude
2002 The Girl in the Red Dress Gaynor
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Moaning Myrtle
Doctor Sleep Detective Janet Losey
Once Upon a Time in the Midlands Shirley
24 Hour Party People Lindsay Wilson Nominated – London Film Critics Circle Award for British Supporting Actress of the Year
Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself Alice Bordeaux International Festival of Women in Cinema: Best Actress
Nominated – British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor/Actress
Villa des roses Ella Nominated – British Independent Film Award for Best Actress
2003 American Cousins Alice Cherbourg-Octeville Festival of Irish & British Film: Best Actress
Newport Beach Film Festival: Feature Film – Best Actress – Comedy
Intermission Sally Nominated – London Film Critics Circle Award for British Supporting Actress of the Year
Fishy Glenda Sands
AfterLife Ruby
2004 Dirty Filthy Love Charlotte TV movie
Nominated – Royal Television Society Award for Best Actor – Female
Yes Cleaner
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason Jude
2005 Einstein's Big Idea Mileva Maric TV movie
A Cock and Bull Story Susannah aka Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story
The Girl in the Red Dress Gaynor short
Angers European First Film Festival: Mademoiselle Ladubay Award
Frozen Kath BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actress in a Scottish Film
Cherbourg-Octeville Festival of Irish & British Film: Best Actress
Créteil International Women's Film Festival: Special Mention
Marrakech International Film Festival: Best Actress
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Moaning Myrtle
The Taming of the Shrew: Shakespeare Retold Kate A BBC production in association with Horsebridge Productions Limited
2006 Marie Antoinette Aunt Sophie
Ma Boy Ali
2007 I Really Hate My Job Alice
Wedding Belles Kelly TV movie
2008 Wild Child Matron
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day Edythe Dubarry
Marple: Murder Is Easy Honoria Waynflete TV movie
2009 Life During Wartime Joy Nominated – Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Cast
May Contain Nuts Alice TV movie
2010 Meek's Cutoff Glory White
The Nutcracker in 3D The Nutcracker voice only
2012 Everyday Karen
Treasure Island Meg Hawkins TV movie
Anna Karenina Meme Kartasov
2013 The Look of Love Rustie Humphries
Filth Bunty

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1987 Shadow of the Stone Elizabeth Findlay
1990 Wish Me Luck Sylvie 5 episodes
Casualty Denise 1 episode
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 episodes
2011 The Crimson Petal and the White Emmeline Fox
Death in Paradise DS Angela Young
The Gruffalo's Child The Gruffalo's Child[9]
2013 Southcliffe Claire Salter[10] Nominated – BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actress
2014 Jamaica Inn Hannah

Theatre[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gilbey, Ryan; "Shirley Henderson: The rise of little voice" Independent.co.uk, 5 December 2003 (Retrieved: 22 August 2009)
  2. ^ "The Way We Live Now: Who's Who: Marie Melmotte — Shirley Henderson" PBS.org (Retrieved: 22 August 2009)
  3. ^ Henderson's parents were born in Thurso, Caithness, and she spent her summer holidays at her grandmother's home in Shore Street.
  4. ^ Neill, Heather; "Mistress of the roles" Independent.co.uk, 13 October 2002 (Retrieved: 22 August 2009)
  5. ^ Hooton, Amanda; "Shirley Henderson — Ferocious fairy" The Scotsman Weekend, 15 March 1997 (Retrieved: 22 August 2009)
  6. ^ Shimmon, Katie; "College days: Shirley Henderson, actress" Guardian.co.uk, 13 January 2004 (Retrieved: 22 August 2009)
  7. ^ McLean, Gareth; "Shirley, by degrees" Guardian.co.uk, 6 November 2004 (Retrieved: 22 August 2009)
  8. ^ "Guildhall School of Music and Drama: Alumni" GSMD.ac.uk (Retrieved: 22 August 2009)
  9. ^ "The Gruffalo's Child". BBC One. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "Cast interviews: Shirley Henderson – Claire Salter". Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "Archive page for Anna Weiss" Albemarle-London.com (Retrieved: 22 August 2009)
  12. ^ Benedict, David; "Reviews: Theatre; One wedding, whose funeral?" Independent.co.uk, 12 November 1997 (Retrieved: 22 August 2009)
  13. ^ "The House of Bernarda Alba" Arts-Archive.com (Retrieved: 22 August 2009)
  14. ^ Wilson, Sue; "Aiming high, but falling short " The Independent, 16 September 1997 (Retrieved: 22 August 2009)
  15. ^ Royal National Theater Catalogue; "ROLE120486 overview" Royal National Theater Archives (Retrieved: 5 September 2014)

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