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Fiona Shaw


Brought up outside Cork, Ireland, Fiona Shaw moved to London in 1980 to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and graduated with the Bancroft Gold Medal in 1982. The actress made her professional debut in "Love's Labours Lost." She followed this with a portrayal of Julia in a revival of "The Rivals" directed by Peter Wood at the Royal National Theatre. Shaw played Mary Shelley in Howard Brenton's "Bloody Poetry" at Hampstead.

In 1993, Shaw won both the Evening Standard Drama Award for Best Actress and the Olivier Award for Best Actress for her role in Stephen Daldry's "Machinal" at the Royal National Theatre. Her other theater credits include "Footfalls" at the Garrick Theatre; the title role of "Hedda Gabler" at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. In 1990, Shaw won the Olivier Award for Best Actress for her roles in "As You Like It" (Old Vic), "Electra" (Royal Shakespeare Company) and "The Good Person Of Sechuan" (Royal National Theatre). The latter performance also earned the actress the 1990 London's Critics Award as Best Actress.
Fiona Shaw

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