Fiona Shaw

Fiona Shaw


7/10/1958, County Cork, Ireland

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Irish-born actress Fiona Shaw is one of Ireland's most enduringly successful character actors on screen, yet on the stage she is one of the finest classical actresses in the world. Her intense performances and magnificent acting skills in the theatre have won her much praise and accolades. In…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 1996, she went to the Benedictine convent of nuns and her diary relating the experience was broadcast on a national radio in the United Kingdom.

    • She appeared number 69 in the "Pink List" in 2006, which stands for the most influential gay people in the United Kingdomn.

    • She is one of the most prestigious and respected theatre actresses of the United Kingdomn, being awarded from Tony Awards to Honorary Teacher of Dramatic Art at the Dublin Trinity College.

    • In 2003, she was awarded the highest Order of the British Empire, the Honorary CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) due to her contributions to English art.

    • Fiona Shaw met Suffron Burrows in 2003 and since then has been romantically involved with her although none of them denies or confirms this fact.

    • In January 2007, Fiona appeared in "Happy Days" in London in a leading role.

    • Fiona became an Associate Member of RADA after having graduated from the RADA University.

    • When she played Kate in "The Taming of the Shrew" she had a bad experience with director Jonathan Miller, who was against her modern sexual principles.

    • She is 5'8" (almost 1.73 metres).

  • Quotes

    • Fiona: I find it incredibly tedious, hate that it murders itself with its own conservative pomposity.

    • Fiona: I certainly had no intention of playing a man.

    • Fiona: I can hardly decide what plays I should be in.

    • Fiona: Every generation is obsessed with the decade before they were born.

    • Fiona: And I can remember that extraordinary moment when you first see the words, instead of having to make them out letter by letter.

    • Fiona: And by endlessly sanitizing our feelings, we actually feed a disgruntled nation.

    • Fiona: Also, 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.

    • Fiona: I think America becomes more disgruntled by going to the movies and having an endlessly good time at them.

    • Fiona: I loathe bad theater and most theatre is very bad because it's repetitious, unexciting and, dangerously, it is sometimes praised for those things.

    • Fiona: I had a ball doing "Harry Potter".

    • Fiona: There 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.

    • Fiona: Even when they have nothing, the Irish emit a kind of happiness, a joy.

    • Fiona: Acting doesn't have to be threadbare misery all the time.

    • Fiona: To 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.

    • Fiona: A lot of Irish people perform. They perform in drawing rooms. They sing songs and they play piano.