Fiona Shaw studied at RADA and has extensive experience with the Royal National Theatre, as well in films as diverse as The Butcher Boy (1997), Richard II (1997), My Left Foot (1989) and Harry Potter (2001, 2002, 2004). Still first and foremost a stage performer, she was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress in 1990 for Electra, As You Like It and The Person of Sichaun and again in 1994 for her performance for Machinal at the Royal National Theatre.
In 1995 she was awarded the New York Critics’ Award for her performance in T S Eliot’s The Wasteland. She was also named Best Actress at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards for her performance in Machinal (1994) and again for Medea performed at the Queen’s Theatre in London (2002). In 1991 she was awarded the London Critics Circle Theatre Award for Best Actress for her performance in Hedda Gabler, and in 1989 for her performances in Electra and The Good Person of Sichuan.
She was awarded an Officier des Arts et Lettres in France in 2000 and an honorary CBE in the 2001 New Years Honours list.