Fiona Shaw graduated from University College, Cork and trained at RADA in London. She was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1985 to 1988. She has been awarded Best Actress at the Olivier Awards for her roles in Electra (1989), As You Like It at the Old Vic (1989) and Machinal at the National Theatre. Television work includes Persuasion (1994), The Waste Land (1995) and Gormenghast (2000) and film work includes The Black Dahlia (2006), The Tree of Life (2011), the Harry Potter series and, as Constance Markievicz, The Rising (2016). Shaw made her directorial debut at the English National Opera in 2008 with Riders to the Sea by Vaughan Williams and continues to direct opera at Glyndebourne (The Rape of Lucretia, 2013) and at the ENO (The Marriage of Figaro, 2014).