Fiona Mary Wilson
10 July 1958
County Cork, Ireland
Fiona Shaw Petunia Dursley in the Harry Potter film series (2001–2010), Marnie Stonebrook in the fourth season of the HBO series True Blood (2011), and Carolyn Martens in the BBC series Killing Eve (2018–present).(born Fiona Mary Wilson; 10 July 1958) is an Irish actress and theatre and opera director. She is known for her roles as
For her performance in Killing Eve, Shaw won the 2019 BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actress. For her performances in the second seasons of Killing Eve and Fleabag, she received Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series respectively. For the third season of Killing Eve, she was again nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
Shaw has worked extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. She won the 1990 Olivier Award for Best Actress for various roles, including Electra, the 1994 Olivier Award for Best Actress for Machinal, and the 1997 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance for The Waste Land. Her other stage work includes playing the title role in Medea in the West End and on Broadway (2001–2002). She was awarded an Honorary CBE in 2001. In 2020, she was listed at No. 29 on The Irish Times list of Ireland's greatest film actors.
Shaw was born Fiona Mary Wilson on 10 July 1958 in Cobh, County Cork, the daughter of physicist Mary and ophthalmic surgeon Denis Wilson. She attended secondary school at Scoil Mhuire in Cork, and received her degree in philosophy at University College Cork.
Shaw trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London and was part of a "new wave" of actors to emerge from RADA. She received much acclaim as Julia in the National Theatre production of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's The Rivals (1983). Her theatrical roles include Celia in As You Like It (1984), Madame de Volanges in Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1985), Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew (1987), Lady Franjul in The New Inn (1987), Young Woman in Machinal (1993), for which she won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress, Winnie in Happy Days (2007), and the title roles in Electra (1988), The Good Person of Sechuan (1989), Hedda Gabler (1991), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1998) and Medea (2000). She performed T. S. Eliot's poem The Waste Land as a one-person show at the Liberty Theatre in New York to great acclaim in 1996, winning the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show for her performance. She played Miss Morrison in the 1984 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes episode "The Adventure of the Crooked Man" and Catherine Greenshaw in Agatha Christie's Marple episode "Greenshaw's Folly" in 2013.
Shaw notably played the male lead in Richard II, directed by Deborah Warner in 1995. Shaw has collaborated with Warner on a number of occasions, on both stage and screen. Shaw has also worked in film and television, including My Left Foot (1989), Mountains of the Moon (1990), Three Men and a Little Lady (1990), Super Mario Bros. (1993), Undercover Blues (1993), Persuasion (1995), Jane Eyre (1996), The Butcher Boy (1997), The Avengers (1998), Gormenghast (2000), and five of the Harry Potter films in which she played Harry Potter's aunt. Shaw had a brief but key role in Brian DePalma's The Black Dahlia (2006).
In 2009, Shaw collaborated with Deborah Warner again, taking the lead role in Tony Kushner's translation of Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children. In a 2002 article for The Daily Telegraph, Rupert Christiansen described their professional relationship as "surely one of the most richly creative partnerships in theatrical history." Other collaborations between the two women include productions of Brecht's The Good Woman of Szechuan and Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, the latter was adapted for television.
Shaw appeared in The Waste Land at Wilton's Music Hall in January 2010 and in a National Theatre revival of London Assurance in March 2010. In November 2010, Shaw starred in Ibsen's John Gabriel Borkman at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin alongside Alan Rickman and Lindsay Duncan. The play was also staged in New York's Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2011.
Shaw appeared in season four of American TV show True Blood. Shaw's character, Marnie Stonebrook, has been described as an underachieving palm reader who is spiritually possessed by an actual witch. Her character leads a coven of necromancer witches who threaten the status quo in Bon Temps, erasing most of Eric Northman's memories and leaving him almost helpless when he tries to kill her and break up their coven.
In 2012, Shaw appeared in the National Theatre revival of Scenes from an Execution by Howard Barker. The world's largest solo theatre festival, United Solo, recognized her performance in The Testament of Mary on Broadway with the 2013 United Solo Special Award.
In 2018, Shaw began portraying Carolyn Martens, the head of MI6's Russia-focused branch, in BBC America's Killing Eve. For her performance, she won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Television Series. Later the same year, she played a senior MI6 officer in Mrs Wilson.
Shaw is a Catholic. From 2002 to 2005 she was the partner of English actress Saffron Burrows. She met Sri Lankan economist Sonali Deraniyagala after reading Deraniyagala's memoir, and they married in 2018.
|1984||The Man Who Shot Christmas||Laura||Short Film|
|1985||Sacred Hearts||Sister Felicity|
|1989||My Left Foot||Dr. Eileen Cole|
|1990||Mountains of the Moon||Isabel|
|1990||Three Men and a Little Lady||Miss Lomax|
|1991||London Kills Me||Headley|
|1992||The Big Fish||Unknown role||Short Film|
|1992||Ridin' High: The Video||Dancer||Direct-to-Video|
|1993||Super Mario Bros.||Lena|
|1995||The Waste Land||Unknown role||Short Film|
|1996||Jane Eyre||Mrs. Reede|
|1997||The Butcher Boy||Mrs. Nugent|
|1999||The Last September||Marda Norton|
|2001||The Triumph of Love||Leontine|
|2001||Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone||Aunt Petunia Dursley|
|2002||Close Your Eyes||Catherine Lebourg|
|2002||Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets||Aunt Petunia|
|2004||Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban||Aunt Petunia|
|2005||Midsummer Dream||The Witches (voice)||English Version|
|2006||The Black Dahlia||Ramona Linscott|
|2006||Catch and Release||Mrs. Douglas|
|2007||Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix||Petunia Dursley|
|2010||National Theatre Live: London Assurance||Lady Gay Spanker|
|2010||We Believed||Emilie Ashurst|
|2010||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1||Petunia Dursley|
|2010||Tell Me||Martha||Short Film|
|2011||The Tree of Life||Grandmother|
|2013||The English Teacher||Narrator|
|2013||The Daisy Chain||Narrator|
|2016||The White King||Kathrin Fitz|
|2016||Out of Innocence||Catherine Flynn|
|2017||The Hippopotamus||Anne Logan|
|2020||Enola Holmes||Miss Harrison|
|1983||All for Love||Elspeth||"Fireworks for Elspeth"|
|1984||The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes||Miss Morrison||"The Crooked Man"|
|1985||Love Song||Young Deirdre||TV Movie|
|1990||Theatre Night||Clytemnestra||"Iphigenia at Aulis"|
|1991||For the Greater Good||Gillian Savage||2 episodes|
|1992||Shakespeare: The Animated Series||Viola (voice)||"Twelfth Night"|
|1992–95||Screen Two||Mrs. Croft / Pauline||2 episodes|
|1993||Performance||Hedda Gabler||"Hedda Gabler"|
|1994||Seascape||Unknown role||TV Movie|
|1997||Richard II||Richard II||TV Movie|
|1999||RKO 281||Hedda Hopper||TV Movie|
|2000||Gormenghast||Irma Prunesquallor||Miniseries (4 episodes)|
|2001||Mind Games||Frances O'Neil||TV Movie|
|2001||The Seventh Stream||Mrs. Gourdon||TV Movie|
|2005||Empire||Fulvia||Miniseries (3 episodes)|
|2007||Trial & Retribution||Jo Wilson QC||"Mirror Image: Part 2"|
|2009||Dido and Aeneas – Didon et Énée||Comédienne dans le prologue||TV Movie|
|2011||True Blood||Marnie Stonebrook||Recurring role (12 episodes)|
|2013||Marple||Miss Katherine Greenshaw||"Greenshaw's Folly"|
|2014||Masterpiece Mystery||Miss Katherine Greenshaw||"Agatha Christie's Miss Marple VII: Greenshaw's Folly"|
|2015–17||Sarah & Duck||Music Lady||2 episodes|
|2016||Maigret Sets a Trap||Madam Moncin||TV Movie|
|2016||Channel Zero||Marla Painter||Series regular (6 episodes)|
|2017||Emerald City||Mombi||2 episodes|
|2017||Inside No. 9||Jean||"Private View"|
|2017||Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero||Hedwin (voice)||"Mr. Rippen"|
|2018||Mrs. Wilson||Coleman||Miniseries (3 episodes)|
|2018||3Below: Tales of Arcadia||Birdie / Halcon (voice)||"Flying the Coop"|
|2018–present||Killing Eve||Carolyn Martens||Series regular (23 episodes)|
- When Love Speaks (2002, EMI Classics): "It is thy will thy image should keep open"
- Simon Schama's John Donne: 2009
Awards and nominations
- "Fiona Shaw". London: Film.guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
- Edgware Times Archived 26 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
- "Killing Eve takes top prizes in BAFTA TV awards 2019". The Guardian. 12 May 2019. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
- "71st Emmy Awards Nominees and Winners". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
- "72nd Emmy Awards Complete Nomination List" (PDF). Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
- "Honorary CBE notice for Shaw". BBC News. 30 December 2000. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
- Clarke, Donald; Brady, Tara. "The 50 greatest Irish film actors of all time – in order". The Irish Times. Retrieved 10 July 2021.
- "The life of Fiona Shaw". The Irish Independent. 9 May 2014. Retrieved 20 April 2021.
- "Tim Teeman » Fiona Shaw: 'I have enormous sadness in me'". timteeman.com. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
- "Dedicated ophthalmic surgeon with a lifelong interest in all things artistic". The Irish Times.
- Fiona Shaw Biography at Film Reference.com
- "Fiona Shaw (NT 50th)". National Theatre Website. Archived from the original on 21 September 2015.
- Ben Brantly, Memory and Desire: Hearing Eliot's Passion, New York Times 18 November 1996
- Rupert Christiansen "Fiona Shaw's double life", Daily Telegraph, 10 May 2002
- Lloynd, Ray (27 March 1993). "TV REVIEWS : Visually Exciting, Powerful 'Hedda Gabler'". Los Angeles Times.
- Taylor, Paul (18 December 2009). "Mother courage: How Fiona Shaw became the leading actress of her generation". The Independent. London. Retrieved 18 December 2009.
- Events Archived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine Abbey Theatre web site
- Brantley, Ben (13 January 2011). "Ibsen's Big Chill, With Soul Mates Frozen in Time". The New York Times.
- Brantley, Ben (13 January 2011). "'John Gabriel Borkman' at BAM - Review". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
- Vozick-Levinson, Simon (8 November 2010). "Fiona Shaw joins 'True Blood' cast". Entertainment Weekly.
- "Fiona Shaw, Gordon Clapp, & Eric Roberts Among 2013 United Solo Festival Winners". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
- "Mrs Wilson". BBC Media Centre. 4 December 2018.
- "Ancient Theater Today". Didaskalia. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
- "Fiona Shaw: We don't know who were are and the joy is in finding out - Independent.ie". Independent.ie. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
- Interview with Fiona Shaw, The Observer, 3 March 2019.
- "Fiona Shaw Married Status: Meet Her Wife, Dr Sonali Deraniyagala". LIVERAMPUP. 16 March 2017. Retrieved 10 July 2021.
- Hibberd, Jame (10 December 2020). "Rogue One prequel series gets title: Andor". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 10 December 2020. Retrieved 10 December 2020.
- "Simon Schama's John Donne, BBC2
Armando Iannucci in Milton's Heaven and Hell, BBC2
My Life in Verse: Sheila Hancock, BBC2". The Independent. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
- "TV review: the BBC's poetry season". The Daily Telegraph. 26 May 2009. Retrieved 2 September 2015.