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FIONA SHAW's (Mrs. Croft) film credits include the role of Dr. Eileen Cole in Jim Sheridan's "My Left Foot," Isabel Arundell Burton, wife of famed explorer Richard Burton in Bob Rafelson's "Mountains Of The Moon;" Hanif Kureishi's "London Kills Me," and the headmistress in Disney's "Three Men And A Little Lady."

Brought up outside Cork, Ireland, Fiona Shaw moved to London in 1980 to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and graduated with the Bancroft Gold Medal in 1982. The actress made her professional debut in "Love's Labours Lost." She followed this with a portrayal of Julia in a revival of "The Rivals" directed by Peter Wood at the Royal National Theatre. Shaw played Mary Shelley in Howard Brenton's "Bloody Poetry" at Hampstead.

In 1993, Shaw won both the Evening Standard Drama Award for Best Actress and the Olivier Award for Best Actress for her role in Stephen Daldry's "Machinal" at the Royal National Theatre. Her other theater credits include "Footfalls" at the Garrick Theatre; the title role of "Hedda Gabler" at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. In 1990, Shaw won the Olivier Award for Best Actress for her roles in "As You Like It" (Old Vic), "Electra" (Royal Shakespeare Company) and "The Good Person Of Sechuan" (Royal National Theatre). The latter performance also earned the actress the 1990 London's Critics Award as Best Actress.

Shaw's recent TV credits include the title role in "Hedda Gabler,", "Maria's Child" and "For the Greater Good."

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