Shirley Henderson is “Glory White”
Shirley Henderson stars as “Glory White” in Kelly Reichardt’s MEEK’S CUTOFF. Henderson grew up in Fife in Scotland and studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. After graduating she embarked upon a stage career that included spells at the National Theatre under the direction of Sir Peter Hall, the Royal Court, the Traverse, Hampstead, the Citizens and, most recently, in ANNA WEISS at the Whitehall Theatre under the direction of Michael Attenborough.
Her first on-screen role saw her playing opposite Robert Carlyle in the popular TV series HAMISH MACBETH, which led to roles in ROB ROY and TRAINSPOTTING. Michael Winterbottom then cast Henderson in his film WONDERLAND, which sparked an ongoing relationship that continued with performances in THE CLAIM, 24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE (for which she received a London Film Critics Circle award nomination), A COCK AND BULL STORY and the upcoming SEVEN DAYS.
Following her role in Mike Leigh’s TOPSY-TURVY, Henderson attracted the first of many award nominations and wins. These include a Scottish BAFTA for the highly acclaimed FROZEN, for which she also won Best Actress at the Cherbourg-Octeville Film Festival (she is the only actress to have won this award twice ― the second time for BAFTA nominated AMERICAN COUSINS), a British Independent Film Award nomination for Frank van Passel’s VILLA DES ROSES and the Best Actress Award at the Bordeaux Film Festival for WILBUR (WANTS TO KILL HIMSELF). She received a London Film Critics nomination for INTERMISSION, the Best Actress Award at the Angers Film Festival for her role in THE GIRL IN THE RED DRESS and in 2003 she was declared the Bowmore/Scottish Screen/Sunday Times Actress of the Year.
Henderson appeared as Bridget’s sidekick “Jude” in BRIDGET JONES’ DIARY and BRIDGET JONES: THE EDGE OF REASON. Other notable film work includes Deva Palmier’s award-winning FISHY, Sally Potter’s YES and Alison Peebles’ award-winning AFTERLIFE. She also starred in acclaimed director Shane Meadows’ ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE MIDLANDS, which screened in the Directors’ Fortnight section of Cannes. She starred in MARIE ANTOINETTE directed by Sofia Coppola, and she appeared in HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS and HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE as “Moaning Myrtle.” She was also seen in MISS PETTIGREW LIVES FOR A DAY, co-starring with Frances McDormand, and she starred in critically acclaimed director Todd Solondz’s LIFE DURING WARTIME.
Television work for Henderson includes Joe Wright’s award-winning production CHARLES II: THE POWER AND THE PASSION (BBC), THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, THE WAY WE LIVE NOW, E=MC2, DIRTY FILTHY LOVE, an episode of DR. WHO and more recently, WEDDING BELLES, written by Irvine Welsh for Channel 4, MAY CONTAIN NUTS and MISS MARPLE: MURDER IS EASY (ITV).