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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 24 November 1965Kincardine, Fife, Scotland, UK
Height 5' 0½" (1.54 m)

Mini Bio (2)

The eldest of three sisters, Shirley Henderson was born into a working-class family in the village of Kincardine in Fife, Scotland. As a teenager she sang locally and performed in school drama clubs. Her first break came when she watched a singer on the Opportunity Knocks (1956) TV talent program and decided she could do as well. She entered and won a talent competition at Butlins Holiday Camp and from there graduated to local music club gigs. She was later accepted by London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She performed on stage in England's National Theatre company, which led to a role on the British TV drama Hamish Macbeth (1995) with future Trainspotting (1996) co-star Robert Carlyle.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Michael Symons (slight clarification by Dani)

Shirley Henderson grew up in Fife, Scotland. She began performing young and at the age of 13 found herself singing in a boxing ring between bouts after winning a local singing competition. She went on to sing in the local working men's clubs on Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons. After deciding upon acting as a career, she uprooted to London to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

After graduating in 1986 she embarked upon a stage career that included spells at the National Theatre under the direction of Peter Hall, the Royal Court, the Traverse, Hampstead, the Citizens, Shared Experience and most recently in Anna Weiss at the Whitehall Theatre under the direction of Michael Attenborough. Her first on-screen break saw her playing opposite Robert Carlyle in the popular TV series Hamish Macbeth (1995) which led to small roles in Rob Roy (1995) and Trainspotting (1996).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Michael Symons

Trade Mark (2)

Soft, raspy, squeaky, childlike voice
Short stature

Trivia (26)

Being age 35 at the time that she first played Moaning Myrtle, she is the oldest actor to play a Hogwarts student in the Harry Potter films.
In Bridget Jones's Diary (2001), she plays Jude, who is always in the ladies' room crying about her boyfriend; in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), she plays Moaning Myrtle, a young ghost who is always crying in the girls' room.
In 2005 she was runner-up for the Golden Needle at the Seattle International Film Festival for Frozen (2004).
In 2005 she won Best Actress at the Marrakech International Film Festival for Frozen (2004).
In 2005 she was runner-up for Best Actress at the Film de Femmes Creteil for Frozen (2004).
In 2004 she won a Best Scottish Actor nomination at the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards.
In 2004 she won the Bowmore/Scottish Screen/Sunday Times Actress of the Year for American Cousins (2003), intermission (2003) and Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself (2002).
In 2004 she won Best Comedy Actress at the Newport Beach Film International Film Festival for American Cousins (2003).
In 2003 she won the Silver Plaque at the Chicago International Film Festival for Fishy (2003).
In 2001 she won a nomination for the Bowmore/Scottish Screen/Sunday Times Actress of the Year for Wonderland (1999) and Topsy-Turvy (1999).
In 2002 she won a nomination for the Bowmore/Scottish Screen/Sunday Times Actress of the Year for The Claim (2000) and Bridget Jones's Diary (2001).
In 2002 she was named Most Deserving Actor by The Scotsman newspaper for Twenty-four Hour Party People (2002), Once Upon a Time in the Midlands (2002), Villa des Roses (2002) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002).
In 2003 she won a nomination for the Bowmore/Scottish Screen/Sunday Times Actress of the Year for Twenty-four Hour Party People (2002), Once Upon a Time in the Midlands (2002), Villa des Roses (2002) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002).
In 2003 she won a British Supporting Actress of the Year nomination at the London Film Critics Circle for Twenty-four Hour Party People (2002).
In 2005 she was awarded Best Actress in a Scottish Film by the BAFTA Awards Scotland for Frozen (2004).
In 2006 she won Best Actress at the Cherbourg International Film Festival for Frozen (2004).
She is the only actress to have won Best Actress at Cherbourg-Octeville twice.
Graduated from the Guildhall of Music and Drama (London) in 1986.
Currently filming May Contain Nuts, a two-part comedy drama for ITV1 with Sophie Thompson. The Tiger Aspect production is shooting around London till November for a 2008 release. [October 2007]
Just finished a new short film up in Scotland called Ma Boy and a guest appearance on Doctor Who. [April 2006]
Just finished filming on the comedy I Really Hate My Job, in which she plays one of the five leads, and is currently preparing for her role in Master of Lies, which is in pre-production. [September 2006]
Filming 'Wedding Belles' for Channel 4 Films, written by Irvine Welsh. [October 2006]
Currently filming Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, a film with Amy Adams, Ciaran Hinds and Mark Strong. [April 2007]
Has acted in both the Harry Potter and Doctor Who franchise.
Henderson was born November 24, 1965, making her 37 when she played Moaning Myrtle (the ghost of 14-year-old Myrtle Warren) in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" (and, therefore, 40, when she reprised the role in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire").

Henderson was the oldest actress (and, in fact, the oldest *person*) to play a Hogwarts student in any of the films. (The oldest--or Seventh-Year--students were supposed to be 17 at the start of the school year on September 1.).
She was 36 when she first played Moaning Myrtle (the ghost of 14-year-old Myrtle Warren), in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" in 2002, and 39 when she reprised the role in 2005's "...Goblet of Fire".

Personal Quotes (18)

There is such pressure on kids these days to be the best at everything.
I don't know what I'd do if I had to look pretty all the time.
I'm not going to get an Oscar at 30 - that's done. So I'll think of something else.
I wasn't frightened of people, but I didn't have a clue about the adult world.
I don't have children, but we all want to protect whatever we love in life.
You suddenly find yourself somewhere and you wonder, how did I get in this room? That happens to me all the time, every day!
Filming is long - you get very tired, and your skin breaks out and you get lumps and bumps. It's easier if you're allowed to have bags under your eyes.
Children don't just play any more - they're far too busy learning to fence and taking extra French classes. In the end, you're actually doing more damage to your children by trying to hot-house them. It's far better to remain a calm parent.
I'm always nervous taking on a period role because it's difficult to research - you can't observe it, go out and see it. But it's satisfying because eventually you think, 'I got there.'
Youth makes you brave, I suppose. When you're young, you make a fool of yourself all the time. Because of all the rejections and the criticism you get all the time, there has to be a drive there.
It's such a stress always trying to get bigger houses and larger cars and better schools. Of course, parents want to give their children the best opportunities in life, but sometimes that can stifle them.
It's odd, because I used to see pictures, on telly or wherever, of what I now know to be Shaftesbury Avenue and I used to wonder what that amazing street with all the lights was. Well, now I know. I think when you get a wee taste of something, it maybe isn't what you thought it was.
I never get the tall, blonde, glamorous roles because I'm not tall, blonde and glamorous. I'm more the wee, disturbing characters because of the way I look or sound.
I daydream all the time, and I like that quality.
When I'm doing theatre, I feel like my life's on hold. Even though you might go out for a coffee, or go and see a film, your brain is still there, pulling you back to it.
I spend plenty of time in London and it doesn't scare me, but it's a lonely place, even if you've got friends there. My job takes me all around the world, meeting lots of interesting people. But I think if I couldn't get home, if I couldn't get back to what I consider my real life I'd be frightened.
I like doom and gloom with a sense of humour. Maybe it's a Scottish thing, we like to undercut indulgence with a laugh.
American scripts are usually non-stop conversation. People talking over each other. I like that.

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