Fiona Shaw, CBE (Hon) (born 10 July, 1955 or 1958) is a leading Irish actress who regularly appears in London theatre, although to international audiences she is probably most familiar for her minor role as Petunia Dursley in the Harry Potter films. She has been regarded as one of the finest classical actresses of her generation. Shaw was awarded an honorary CBE in 2001.
Shaw was born Fiona Mary Wilson in County Cork, Republic of Ireland to a mixed-religious couple and was raised Catholic. Her father was an eye surgeon and her mother was a physicist. She Liked to be called "Fe Fe" in Her childhood years and addented secondary school at Scoil Mhuire In Cork City. She received her degree in University College Cork. After training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, she received much acclaim as Julia in the National Theatre production of Richard Sheridan's The Rivals (1983), a role which demonstrated her gift for comedy. Despite her natural comic abilities, Shaw has...
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The Butcher Boy (1992) is a novel by Patrick McCabe and a (1997) film directed by Neil Jordan. The novel is considered by many to be the most remarkable by the author. It was shortlisted for the 1992 Booker Prize and won the 1992 Irish Times Irish Literature Prize for Fiction.
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