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Cast at age 36 as Hogwarts student Moaning Myrtle in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), eternally youthful Shirley Henderson was born Nov. 24, 1965, in Kincardine, Scotland. Interested in performing since childhood, she eventually studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and began appearing on British stages soon thereafter.

Henderson's first worldwide exposure came in the box office hit Rob Roy (1995), followed by plum roles in Trainspotting (1996) and 1999's Topsy-Turvy, for which she earned glowing reviews. The actress's collaboration with director Michael Winterbottom resulted in the films Wonderland (1999), The Claim (2000) and 24 Hour Party People (2002).

In 2001, Henderson made a splash in America with Bridget Jones's Diary and has worked steadily ever since in movies such as Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story and Marie Antoinette (both 2006).

Shirley Henderson in Trainspotting

Trainspotting

1996 R

Renton and his mates cope with the highs, lows and gritty realities of heroin addiction. But when Renton finally gets clean, he can't get away from his friends' nasty habits -- especially after they pull him into a lucrative but dangerous drug deal.

  • Shirley Henderson in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
  • Shirley Henderson in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Shirley Henderson in Bridget Jones's Diary Bridget Jones's Diary
  • Shirley Henderson in Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
  • Shirley Henderson in In Secret In Secret
  • Shirley Henderson in Rob Roy Rob Roy
  • Shirley Henderson in Topsy-Turvy Topsy-Turvy
  • Shirley Henderson in Marie Antoinette Marie Antoinette
  • Shirley Henderson in Meek's Cutoff Meek's Cutoff
  • Shirley Henderson in Treasure Island Treasure Island
  • Shirley Henderson in Filth Filth
  • Shirley Henderson in Close Your Eyes Close Your Eyes
  • Shirley Henderson in Intermission Intermission
  • Shirley Henderson in The Way We Live Now The Way We Live Now
  • Shirley Henderson in Wild Child Wild Child
  • Shirley Henderson in The Crimson Petal & the White The Crimson Petal & the White
  • Shirley Henderson in Jamaica Inn (2014) Jamaica Inn (2014)
  • Shirley Henderson in Hamish Macbeth Hamish Macbeth
  • Shirley Henderson in Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself
  • Shirley Henderson in 24 Hour Party People 24 Hour Party People
  • Shirley Henderson in Yes Yes
  • Shirley Henderson in Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story
  • Shirley Henderson in Shakespeare Retold Shakespeare Retold
  • Shirley Henderson in Everyday Everyday
  • Shirley Henderson in Wonderland Wonderland
  • Shirley Henderson in Once Upon a Time in the Midlands Once Upon a Time in the Midlands
  • Shirley Henderson in Villa Des Roses Villa Des Roses
  • Shirley Henderson in American Cousins American Cousins
  • Shirley Henderson in Dirty Filthy Love Dirty Filthy Love
  • Shirley Henderson in I Really Hate My Job I Really Hate My Job
  • Shirley Henderson in Life During Wartime Life During Wartime
  • Shirley Henderson in The Nutcracker: The Untold Story The Nutcracker: The Untold Story
  • Shirley Henderson in Set Fire to the Stars Set Fire to the Stars