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Shirley Henderson Biography

Birth Name:
Shirley Henderson
Birth Place:
Forres, Moray, Scotland

Fast Facts

  • Spotted singing in a talent competition as a teen while on a family holiday, which led to her playing gigs at local working men's clubs, singing the likes of Abba, The Carpenters and Barbara Streisand
  • Made her breakthrough in 1995 in British comedy drama Hamish Macbeth
  • Played the role of a 14-year-old ghost, Moaning Myrtle, in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets at the age of 35, making her the oldest actor to play a Hogwarts student
  • Was the first actress to have won the Best Actress award at the Cherbourg-Octeville Festival of Irish and British Film twice
  • Frequently collaborates with British director Michael Winterbottom


  • 2018Canadian Screen Awards-Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2014BAFTA Television Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated