Shauna Macdonald

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Shauna Macdonald
Born (1981-02-21) 21 February 1981 (age 38)
Alma materRoyal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)Cal MacAninch

Shauna Macdonald (born 21 February 1981) is a Malaysian-born Scottish actress, known portraying Sarah in the horror film The Descent and its sequel.[1].

Early life[edit]

Shauna Macdonald was born in Malaysia and shortly after moved back to her family's native Edinburgh, Scotland, before moving to Glasgow to train at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

Personal life[edit]

Macdonald and her husband, the actor Cal MacAninch,[2] have three daughters.[3] She is a keen marathon runner.[4]





  • Pal Joey – Waitress (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow)
  • Victory – Devonshire/Pyle (The Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh)
  • A View From A Bridge – Catherine (Birmingham Rep/West Yorkshire Playhouse)
  • Realism – Laura; Right-wing Politician (National Theatre of Scotland)[5]
  • Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off – Mary, Queen of Scots/Marian (The Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh/Dundee Rep)


Date Title Role Director Station
11 June 2004 Soft Fall the Sounds of Eden Vari Gaynor Macfarlane BBC Radio 4 Friday Play
18 August 2011 Rightfully Mine[6] Amy Lu Kemp BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play


  1. ^ "Exorcism Fails! Possession Continues to Grasp the Box Office! - Dread Central".
  2. ^ "A Lap With Cal MacAninch". Retrieved 18 September 2011.
  3. ^ "A quick chat with Wild at Heart's Cal Macaninch". What's on TV. 4 February 2010. Retrieved 18 September 2011.
  4. ^ "A Lap With Shauna Macdonald". Retrieved 18 September 2011.
  5. ^ Neilson, Anthony (2007). The Wonderful World of Dissocia / Realism. London: Methuen Drama. ISBN 978 0 7136 8715 6.
  6. ^ BBC – Afternoon Play – Rightfully Mine

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