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Net Worth$5 million dollars
Date Of BirthJuly 10, 1958
FactAt the Evening Standard Theatre Awards she was named Best Actress for 'Medea' performed at the Queeen's Theater in London. (2002)

Fiona Shaw, CBE is an Irish actress and theatre director. She is known for her role as Petunia Dursley in the Harry Potter film series and as Marnie Stonebrook in the HBO series True Blood. She has also appeared in the films My Left Foot (1989), The Butcher Boy (1997), and The Last September (1999).

Shaw was born on 10 July 1958 in County Cork, Ireland, to Doreen and Denis Shaw. She has three sisters: Jane, Joan, and Sarah. She was educated at Presentation Convent, Cork, and later at University College Cork, where she studied English and Irish.

Shaw began her career as a theatre director, working with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre in London. She made her film debut in My Left Foot (1989), for which she won a BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress. She went on to appear in the films The Butcher Boy (1997) and The Last September (1999).

Shaw’s television credits include the BBC series Our Friends in the North (1996) and the HBO series True Blood (2008-2014).

Shaw has been married twice: first to actor Trevor Eve from 1985 to 1995, and then to actor Richard Sainsbury from 2001 to 2009. She has two children: a son, Dylan Thomas Eve (born 1987), and a daughter, Rebecca Eve Sainsbury (born 2002).

Shaw is a patron of the London-based charity Soho Theatre.

In 2019, Shaw was ranked No. 2 on The Sunday Times’ list of the UK’s most powerful women in theatre.

Shaw has a net worth of $5 million.

General Info

Full NameFiona Shaw
Net Worth$5 million dollars
Date Of BirthJuly 10, 1958
Height1.73 m
ProfessionVoice Actor, Opera Director
EducationUniversity of Toronto Mississauga, University College Cork, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art


ParentsDenis Wilson, Mary Wilson


AwardsLaurence Olivier Award for Best Actress, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance, Obie Award for Performance, Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Best Actress
NominationsTony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress, Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Solo Performance, WhatsOnSt...
MoviesHarry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, The Tree of Life, The Black Dahlia, My Left Foot, Mountains of the Moon, The Butche...
TV ShowsTrue Blood, Empire, Shakespeare: The Animated Tales, Channel Zero, National Theatre Live, Gormenghast, Royal Variety Performance, Theatre Night, The Last Machine

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1I'm not on the run from anything and I'm not at all clear about what I'm running towards. But as some great writer put it, I want to be certain that when I arrive at death, I'm totally exhausted.
2I once saw my mother playing Mary Magdalene in a parish event. But she had to put the role aside in order to go and front the choir who were singing at the same occasion. She left the stage halfway through the Crucifixion.
3There was no professional theater in Cork, but still I did a lot of performing.
4There is a great relief in experiencing the worst vicariously.
5Also, an area that interests me - and it will probably take years to state what I mean - is the period of the rise of democracy, with Tom Paine, which is around the turn of the 18th century into the 19th.
6My mother adores singing and plays piano. My uncle was a phenomenal pianist. My brother John is a double bassist. I used to play the piano, badly, and cello. My brother Peter played violin.
7Theater dates very quickly.
8The Americans are very clear, and obsessed with nouns.
9People who are good at film have a relationship with the camera.
10So I just play the character, I play the lines.
11Theater is dangerously open to repetition. It's exciting when you hit on a new way.
12My mother taught me to read.
13Irish people are educated not only about artistry but local history.
14Like a lot of Irish households we read a lot of Irish history. It was almost Soviet, raising the next generation with a mythic view of their history.
15One moment cannot be the most important.
16Once you've done one style, you leave it for a while.
17I had a ball doing Harry Potter.
18I loathe bad theater and most theatre is very bad because it's repetitious, unexciting and, dangerously, it is sometimes praised for those things.
19I take the theater seriously in that I loathe it, I'm bored by it.
20I would love to write the story of my upbringing in Ireland.
21I would say the next imminent hot writers are often the writers from the decade before you were born.
22Honestly, I get more recognized for 'Three Men and a Little Lady' than 'Harry Potter'.
23I can hardly decide what plays I should be in.
24I certainly had no intention of playing a man.
25I find it incredibly tedious, hate that it murders itself with its own conservative pomposity.
26Every generation is obsessed with the decade before they were born.
27I'm not afraid of chaos and I'm happy talking to strangers. I really love not knowing where I'm going.
28The energy released by it is enormous and it becomes quite addictive, the power between the audience and the actor.
29A lot of Irish people perform. They perform in drawing rooms. They sing songs and they play piano.
30Acting doesn't have to be threadbare misery all the time.
31A relationship is sent by God and accident.
32There once was a demographic survey done to determine if money was connected to happiness and Ireland was the only place where this did not turn out to be true.
33To be honest I live among the English and have always found them to be very honest in their business dealings. They are noble, hard-working and anxious to do the right thing. But joy eludes them, they lack the joy that the Irish have.
34I think America becomes more disgruntled by going to the movies and having an endlessly good time at them.
35I enjoy making films, but my heart is in the stage. Every night you have to be on. There's no second take.
36The word democracy has no meaning. Duty has gone. Only rights remain.
37And by endlessly sanitizing our feelings, we actually feed a disgruntled nation.
38This whole tribal loyalty seems to have gone.
39There's something about the Irish that is remarkable.
40I just think that things should be allowed to run their course, and not turned into a Disney ride.
41Even when they have nothing, the Irish emit a kind of happiness, a joy.


1Starring in the title role in "Medea" on Broadway [December 2002]
2Appearing in the leading role in Samuel Beckett's "Happy Days", at National Theatre, London. [January 2007]
3A fitness enthusiast, Shaw commutes around her home base in London on her bicycle.
4Lives within earshot of London Zoo (Regent's Park) (UK).
5Throughout the Harry Potter movie series, Shaw played "Petunia Dursley", Harry Potter's aunt, who had a strong aversion to any mention of or person connected to witchcraft or wizardry. Soon after finishing the last Potter movie, she started playing a witch possessed by a much-more powerful witch on the TV show, True Blood (2008).
6Former longtime companion of Saffron Burrows from 2002 to 2005.
7Attended secondary school at Scoil Mhuire in Cork City.
8Graduated from University College Cork.
9She won the Bancroft Gold Medal at RADA and made her professional debut as Rosaline in "Love's Labour's Lost" in 1982.
10Following an unhappy experience playing Kate in "The Taming of the Shrew" for Jonathan Miller (Miller would not extend himself to allow the inclusion of modern sexual politics), she has only occasionally worked with male directors. Her collaboration with Deborah Warner has produced a string of daring performances and an armful of theatre awards.
11Born to an eye surgeon and his wife, a physicist.
12In the Independent on Sunday [UK] 2006 Pink List - a list of the most influential gay men and women - Fiona Shaw came no. 69, a new entry.
13Was nominated for Broadway's 2003 Tony Award as Best Actress (Play) for playing the title character in "Medea."
14Graduated from RADA.
15Became an Associate Member of RADA.
16She was awarded the 2001 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress for her performance in Medea at the Queen's Theatre in London, England.
17She was awarded the 1989 London Critics Circle Theatre Award (Drama Theatre Award) for Best Actress for her performances in Electra and The Good Person of Sichuan.
18She was awarded the 1991 London Critics Circle Theatre Award (Drama Theatre Award) for Best Actress for her performance in Hedda Gabler.
19She was awarded the 1993 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress for her performance in Machinal.
20She was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1994 (1993 season) for Best Actress in her performance for "Machinal" at the Royal National Theatre.
21She was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1990 (1989 season) for Best Actress in a New Play for "Electra", "As You Like It" and "The Person of Sichaun".
22At the Evening Standard Theatre Awards she was named Best Actress for 'Medea' performed at the Queeen's Theater in London. (2002)
23Played "Miss Jean Brodie" on stage in London.
24She was awarded an honorary C.B.E. (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2001 Queen's Honours List for her services to drama.




The Last September1999Marda Norton
The Avengers1998Father
Richard II1997TV MovieRichard II
The Butcher Boy1997Mrs. Nugent
Anna Karenina1997Lydia
Jane Eyre1996Mrs. Reed
The Waste Land1995Short
Screen Two1992-1995TV SeriesMrs. Croft / Pauline
Seascape1994TV Movie
Undercover Blues1993Novacek
Super Mario Bros.1993Lena
Performance1993TV SeriesHedda Gabler
Shakespeare: The Animated Tales1992TV Mini-SeriesViola
The Big Fish1992Short
Ridin' High: The Video1992VideoDancer
London Kills Me1991Headley
For the Greater Good1991TV SeriesGillian Savage
3 Men and a Little Lady1990Miss Lomax
Theatre Night1990TV SeriesClytemnestra
Mountains of the Moon1990Isabel Arundell (Mrs Burton as from 1861)
My Left Foot1989Dr. Eileen Cole
Love Song1985TV MovieYoung Deirdre
Sacred Hearts1985Sister Felicity
The Man Who Shot Christmas1984ShortLaura
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes1984TV SeriesMiss Morrison
All for Love1983TV SeriesElspeth
Lizzie2017post-productionAbby Borden
Out of Innocence2016completedCatherine Flynn
The Hippopotamuspost-productionAnne Logan
The Rising: 1916announcedCountess Markievicz
Emerald City2017TV SeriesMombi
Channel Zero2016TV SeriesMarla Painter
The White King2016Kathrin Fitz
Maigret Sets a Trap2016TV MovieMadame Moncin
Pixels2015Prime Minister (uncredited)
Lumen2015TV MovieD'Laria
Masterpiece Mystery2014TV Series
The Daisy Chain2013ShortNarrator (voice)
Agatha Christie's Marple2013TV SeriesMiss Katherine Greenshaw
The English Teacher2013Narrator
True Blood2011TV SeriesMarnie Stonebrook
The Tree of Life2011Grandmother
Tell Me2010ShortMartha
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 12010Petunia Dursley
Noi credevamo2010Emilie Ashurst
National Theatre Live: London Assurance2010Lady Gay Spanker
Dido and Aeneas - Didon et Énée2009TV MovieComédienne dans le prologue
Dorian Gray2009Agatha
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix2007Petunia Dursley
Fracture2007Judge Robinson
Trial & Retribution2007TV SeriesJo Wilson QC
Catch and Release2006/IIMrs. Douglas
The Black Dahlia2006Ramona Linscott
Empire2005TV Mini-SeriesFulvia
El sueño de una noche de San Juan2005The Witches (English version, voice)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban2004Aunt Petunia
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets2002Aunt Petunia
Close Your Eyes2002Catherine Lebourg
The Seventh Stream2001TV MovieMrs. Gourdon
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone2001Aunt Petunia Dursley
The Triumph of Love2001Leontine
Mind Games2001TV MovieFrances O'Neil
Gormenghast2000TV Mini-SeriesIrma Prunesquallor
RKO 2811999TV MovieHedda Hopper


Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism2015paramedic: second unit
The Metropolitan Opera HD Live2013TV Series stage director - 1 episode


The Triumph of Love2001performer: "Forêts paisibles"


Paris, je t'aime2006thanks
The Last September1999thanks


Seven Women2016TV Movie documentaryHerself - Presenter
The Secret Life of Books2015TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself - Presenter
Shakespeare in Practice: Muse of Fire2015DocumentaryHerself
Imagine2014TV Series documentaryHerself
Great Poets: In Their Own Words2014TV Series documentaryHerself
Sunday AM2014TV SeriesHerself
Ultimate Irish Music at the Royal Albert Hall: A Presidential Celebration2014TV MovieHerself
Newsnight2014TV SeriesHerself - Interviewee
Muse of Fire2013DocumentaryHerself
The Show2013TV SeriesHerself
The Agenda with Tom Bradby2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
My Life in Books2012TV SeriesHerself
La mandrágora2007TV SeriesHerself
British Face2006TV Series documentaryHerself
The Evening Standard British Film Awards2005TV SpecialHerself
This Week2005TV SeriesHerself
The Evening Standard Theatre Awards 20042004TV SpecialHerself
Head to Shrunken Head2004Video documentary shortHerself
The 57th Annual Tony Awards2003TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Leading Actress in a Play
Interviews with Professors & More2003Video documentary shortHerself
Charlie Rose1996-2003TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Great Britons2002TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself / Herself - Presenter
Working in the Theatre2002TV Series documentaryHerself
Conjuring Shakespeare1997TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself - Girls Who Are Boys, It's a Family Affair, Like a Virgin
Ruby1997TV SeriesHerself
The Making of 'Super Mario Brothers'1997TV Short documentaryHerself
Wagner's Women1995TV Movie documentaryCosima Wagner
The Last Machine1995TV SeriesVarious


Won Awards

2011Silver Ribbon of the YearItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsNoi credevamo (2010)

Nominated Awards

2006Stinker AwardThe Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsWorst Supporting ActressThe Black Dahlia (2006)
2003PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Acting EnsembleHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
1996Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest Supporting ActressPersuasion (1995)

2nd Place Awards

2003NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest Supporting ActressThe Triumph of Love (2001)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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