Fiona Mary Wilson
10 July 1958
County Cork, Ireland
|Spouse(s)||Hugh Shaw (divorced)
|Partner(s)||Saffron Burrows (2002–2005)|
Fiona Shaw(born Fiona Mary Wilson; 10 July 1958) is an Irish film and theatre actress. She is known for her roles as 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 (2018–22).
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 T. (Flynn) Wilson and ophthalmic surgeon Denis Joseph Wilson (1922–2011), who wed in 1952. They maintained a home in Montenotte. She attended secondary school at Scoil Mhuire in Cork, and received her degree in philosophy at University College Cork.
Shaw's father, Denis Wilson, studied medicine at University College Cork where he played rugby. He worked for a short time as a GP in London before training to be an ophthalmologist as the Manchester Royal Infirmary in 1960. On his return to Cork he was appointed to the Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, where he worked until his retirement, which coincided with the transfer of the eye unit to Cork University Hospital. He taught at UCC and the RCSI. After retiring he wrote De Iron Trote, a history of the Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital and continued his interest in the arts by studying for a Diploma in Art History at UCC.
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. 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, recognised her performance in The Testament of Mary on Broadway with the 2013 United Solo Special Award.
Shaw appeared in season four of the 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. 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 lesbian, although she had dated men for many years before realising her sexual orientation, stating "It was a shock. I was full of self-hatred and thought I would come back into the fold shortly. But I just didn't."
A Catholic, from 2002 to 2005, Shaw was the partner of English-born American 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||Petunia Dursley|
|2002||Close Your Eyes||Catherine Lebourg|
|2002||Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets||Petunia Dursley|
|2004||Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban||Petunia Dursley|
|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||Short Film|
|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||Episode: "Fireworks for Elspeth"|
|1984||The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes||Miss Morrison||Episode: "The Crooked Man"|
|1985||Love Song||Young Deirdre||TV Movie|
|1990||Theatre Night||Clytemnestra||Episode: "Iphigenia at Aulis"|
|1991||For the Greater Good||Gillian Savage||2 episodes|
|1992||Shakespeare: The Animated Tales||Viola (voice)||Episode: "Twelfth Night"|
|Screen Two||Pauline||Episode: "Maria's Child"|
|Mrs. Croft||Episode: "Persuasion"|
|Performance||Hedda Gabler||Episode: "Hedda Gabler"|
|Richard II||Episode: "Richard II"|
|1994||Seascape||Unknown role||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||Episode: "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||Episode: "Greenshaw's Folly"|
|2014||Masterpiece Mystery||Miss Katherine Greenshaw||Episode: "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||Episode: "Private View"|
|2017||Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero||Hedwin (voice)||Episode: "Mr. Rippen"|
|2018||Mrs. Wilson||Coleman||Miniseries (3 episodes)|
|2018||3Below: Tales of Arcadia||Birdie / Halcon (voice)||Episode: "Flying the Coop"|
|2018–22||Killing Eve||Carolyn Martens||Series regular (31 episodes)|
|2021||Baptiste||Emma Chambers||Series regular (6 episodes)|
|1986||Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role||As You Like It / Mephisto||Nominated|
|1990||Olivier Award for Best Actress||Electra / As You Like It / The Good Person of Szechwan||Won|
|1992||Olivier Award for Best Actress||Hedda Gabler||Nominated|
|1993||Evening Standard Award for Best Actress||Machinal||Won|
|1994||Olivier Award for Best Actress||Won|
|1997||Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance||The Waste Land||Won|
|2001||Evening Standard Award for Best Actress||Medea||Won|
|2003||Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play||Nominated|
|Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play||Nominated|
|2008||Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play||Happy Days||Nominated|
|Olivier Award for Best Actress||Nominated|
|2017||Fangoria Chainsaw Awards for Best TV Supporting Actress||Channel Zero||Nominated|
|2019||British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actress||Killing Eve||Won|
|Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series||Fleabag||Nominated|
|2020||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||Killing Eve||Nominated|