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Shirley Henderson

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Shirley Henderson
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Shirley Henderson

Born: Wed 24th November 1965 (age: 51)

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Shirley Henderson  is a Scottish actress. She is perhaps best known for her role as Moaning Myrtle in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) andHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005).

She played Ursula Blake in the Doctor Who episode "Love & Monsters" (2006)

Henderson was born in ForresMorayshire on the edge of theScottish Highlands, but grew up in the village of Kincardine inFife. As a child, she began singing in local clubs, at charity events, holiday camps and even a boxing contest.,Having joined an after-school drama club, Henderson attended Fife College at the age of 16, where she completed a one-year course resulting in a National Certificate in Theatre Arts. She moved to London at 17 where she spent three years at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 1986.

Henderson got her first big break when Leonard White cast her as the lead in the children's television dramaShadow of the Stone on ITV. After this she spent the majority of her twenties concentrating on performing a wide variety of roles in the theatre. Early 1990 saw Shirley return to television screens when she appeared in the third series of the wartime drama series Wish Me Luck and Clarissa (1991). More stage work followed before she landed the key role of Isobel in the popular BBC series, Hamish Macbeth in 1995.

Henderson then moved into films, playing Morag in Rob Roy (1995) and Spud's girlfriend Gail in Danny Boyle'sTrainspotting (1996). She continued her work in the theatre, including many productions at the National Theatrein London. 1999 saw critically acclaimed performances in Mike Leigh's Topsy-Turvy — which also provided an opportunity for her to show off her singing skills — and Michael Winterbottom's Wonderland.

She played Jude in both Bridget Jones films and got the part of Moaning Myrtle in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005). She also played French princessSophie-Philippine in Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette (2006).

Small-screen appearances have included playing Marie Melmotte in The Way We Live Now (2001); Catherine of Braganza in Charles II: The Power and the Passion (2003); Charlotte in Dirty Filthy Love (2004);; Emmeline Fox in The Crimson Petal and the White (2011), and Meg Hawkins Treasure Island (2012) .

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