Fiona Shaw

  • Birth Name: Fiona Mary Wilson
  • Birth Place: County Cork, Ireland
  • Profession: Actor
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  • An acclaimed classical stage actress, she has worked with Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company and Royal National Theater.
  • Received the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art's Ronson Award for Most Promising Pupil in 1982.
  • Turned heads when she starred as the title character in a controversial 1995 production of Richard II for London's National Theatre.
  • Has starred in many plays directed by longtime friend/collaborator Deborah Warner, including Richard II, Electra, The Powerbook, The Wasteland and Medea.
  • Was awarded an honorary CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 2001.
  • Received honorary doctorates from the National University of Ireland and Trinity College, Dublin.
  • Has directed operas for the English National Opera, including Riders to the Sea in 2008 and The Marriage of Figaro in 2011.


  • 2003, Tony — Actress (Play): Nominee
  • 2008, Olivier Awards — Best Actress: Nominee


  • Mary Teresa Wilson — Mother
  • Denison Joseph Wilson — Father
  • Denis Wilson — Father
  • Mary — Mother


  • University College Cork, County Cork, Ireland (BA in Philosophy, 1979); Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London, England (1982)
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