Monday 11 December 2017

The life of Fiona Shaw

Fiona Shaw in Beckett's 'Happy Days'
Fiona Shaw in Beckett's 'Happy Days'

Edel Coffey

* Born in Cobh, Co Cork, in 1958.

* Studied philosophy at UCC before moving to London to join Rada in 1979. From there it was a smooth transition to the National Theatre in 1982, and then on to the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1985.

* By the time she hit the big screen as Christy Brown's doctor in 1989's Oscar-winning My Left Foot, she was already a hugely accomplished theatre actor.

* She won an Olivier award that year (first of three) for Best Actress in a New Play for Electra, As You Like It and The Person of Sichaun. That was also the year she starred in Three Men and a Little Lady.

* She was awarded an honorary CBE in 2001 for services to drama.

* In 2008 she directed the opera Riders to the Sea, and has done two more, Elegy for Young Lovers and The Rape of Lucretia.

* She starred in Colm Toibin's The Testament of Mary on Broadway in 2013 and is currently starring in that production in the Barbican, London.

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