||Fiona Shaw is one of the UK's most celebrated and respected stage actresses. When Ms. Shaw walked on stage at Britain's distinguished Royal National Theatre in 1995 as Richard II, the world's press heralded the new queen of British theatre.
Ms. Shaw was born and educated in Ireland. After a degree in philosophy at the University College Cork, she went to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (R.A.D.A.) and was awarded the Bancroft Gold Medal. Theatre credits at the Royal National Theatre include Julia in The Rivals, Shen Te Shui in The Good Person of Sichuan (Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress), the Woman in Machinal (Evening Standard and Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Actress), Millamant in The Way of the World, and the title roles in the controversial Richard II and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, and The Power Book by Jeanette Winterson. For the Royal Shakespeare Company, her work includes Philistines, As You Like It, Les Liasons Dangereuses, Mephisto, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Portia in The Merchant of Venice, Mistress Carol in Hyde Park, Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew and Electra (Laurence Olivier and London Critics Awards). At the Old Vic Theatre, Ms. Shaw performed Rosalind in As You Like It (Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress); at the Greenwich Theatre, the title role in Mary Stewart; at the Garrick Theatre, Footfalls; at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin and the Playhouse Theatre, London, Hedda Gabler (London Critics Award); Jeanne d'Arc au Bucher at the BBC Proms; and at Lincoln Center, Robert Wilson's DD3. She has performed T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land in Europe, North America and Australia (New York Drama Desk Award for Best Actress). Films include My Left Foot, Mountains of the Moon, Three Men and a Little Lady, Undercover Blues, The Butcher Boy, The Triumph of Love, and The Last September (dir. Deborah Warner). She was Aunt Petunia in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. She plays Fulvia in the 2004 TV mini-series, Empire.
Ms. Shaw was awarded an honorary D.LITT Trinity College, Dublin, in 2001 and an honorary LLD National University of Ireland in 1999. In 2002, Ms. Shaw was also awarded L'Officier des Artes et des Lettres by the French government. She was awarded a C.B.E. (Commander of the British Empire) in the 2001 New Years honours list.