Fiona Shaw will be this year’s honouree of the Dublin Theatre Festival for her lifetime contribution to theatre.
While the festival is markedly different from any previous year (click here to see the updated programme of the festival), the organisators of the festival didn’t want October to pass without recognising the career of another outstanding Irish theatre artist.
Fiona will participate in an online event tonight at 6pm.
Previous honourees have been Peaky Blinders’ Cillian Murphy, two time Tony Award nominee Sinéad Cusack, and Brian Friel (also called the ‘Irish Chekhov’).
You can watch the event by accessing the link below.
More about Fiona Shaw:
Best known for her role as Petunia Dursley in the Harry Potter film series, and as Carolyn Martens in the BBC series Killing Eve, the Irish actress was born in Farranree, County Cork. She trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London and was part of a ‘new wave’ of actors to emerge from the Academy.
For her performance in Killing Eve, she won the 2019 BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actress, and received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
She has also received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance in the second season of the comedy-drama Fleabag.
Shaw’s theatrical roles include Celia in As You Like It (1984), Madame de Volanges in Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1985), Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew (1987). She also played Young Woman in Machinal (1993), for which she won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress, and she had the title roles in Electra (1988), Hedda Gabler (1991), and Medea (2000).
She also performed T. S. Eliot’s poem The Waste Land as a one-person show at the Liberty Theatre in New York to great acclaim in 1996, winning the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show for her performance.
She was awarded an Honorary CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 2001. In 2020, she was listed at number 29 on The Irish Times list of Ireland’s greatest film actors.