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Tessa Shaw

Last updated 27 July 2014


Tessa Shaw
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Tessa Shaw


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Tessa Shaw is a direct descendant of the actor William Powell, protege of the great 18th Century Actor/Manager David Garrick and often rumored to be his illegitimate son!

 The Victorian folk heroine Grace Darling was also a family member. 

Shaw graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London , and earned an Honours Degree in Psychology from London University. She started her acting career in the theatre, moving into television, where she has had extensive experience. 

She is best known for her roles in General Hospital, Jane Eyre, Diana: Her True Story - playing Countess Raine Spencer and James Cameron's Titanic Explorer. 

Other notables in Tessa's family are her World War II poet father, Oliver Shaw, who was one-time Attorney General of Sierra Leone and her elder son Daniel Fathers who is also an actor and starred in Walt Disney's teen movie Camp Rock. Miss Shaw resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Film Producer Richard Winter-Stanbridge.