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Fiona Shaw is an Irish actress and director, and one of the most recognised performers of her generation. A star of both stage and screen, she has numerous film credits, including diverse roles in My Left Foot (1989), Three Men and a Little Lady (1990) and a turn as Petunia Dursley in the Harry Potter series, to name but a few. She has worked extensively with the National Theatre, and received several awards for her work on stage, including three Laurence Olivier awards for best actress. She has recently won much praise for her work as a director of opera, having overseen productions at the English National Opera and Glyndebourne as well as opening the 2013-2014 season at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. She was awarded an honorary CBE in the 2001 New Years Honours.