THE TREE OF LIFE
>FIONA SHAW (Grandmother) was born and educated in Ireland.
After a degree in philosophy at the University College Cork, she went to
R.A.D.A. and was awarded the Bancroft Gold Medal. Theater credits at RNT include
Julia in The Rivals, Shen Te Shui in The Good Person of Sichuan (Olivier Award
for Best Actress), the Woman in Machinal (Evening Standard and Laurence Olivier
Awards for Best Actress), Millament in The Way of the World, the title roles in
the controversial Richard II and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, and The Power
Book by Jeanette Winterson. For the RSC her work includes Philistines, As You
Like It, Les Liasons Dangereuses, Mephisto, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing,
Portia in The Merchant of Venice, Mistress Carol in Hyde Park, Katharine in The
Taming of the Shrew, and Electra (Laurence Olivier and London Critics' Awards).
At Old Vic Theatre, Shaw performed Rosalind in As You Like It (Laurence Olivier
Award for Best Actress); at Greenwich Theatre, the title role in Mary Stewart;
at Garrick Theatre, Footfalls; at Abbey Theatre, Dublin and Playhouse Theatre,
London, Hedda Gabler (London Critics' Award); Jeanne d'Arc au Bucher at BBC
Proms, and at Lincoln Center, Robert Wilson's DD3. She has performed T.S.
Eliot's The Waste Land in Europe, North America, and Australia (New York Drama
Desk Award for Best Actress). Films include My Left Foot, Mountains of the
Moon—Bob Rafelson, Three Men and a Little Lady—Disney, Undercover Blues—Herbert
Ross, The Last September dir. Deborah Warner, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's
Stone—Warner Brothers. Shaw has been awarded D.LITT Trinity College Dublin, in
2001, and an honorary LLD National University of Ireland 1999. In 2002, Shaw was
awarded L'Officier des Artes et des Lettres by the French government, and was
awarded a C.B.E. (Commander of the British Empire) in the New Years honours
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