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Fiona Shaw Biography

Birth Name:
Fiona Mary Wilson
Birth Place:
County Cork, Ireland

Fast Facts

  • 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


  • 2020Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2019BAFTA Television Awards-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2019Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2019Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2002National Society of Film Critics-Best Supporting Actress (Runner-up): winner


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