Shirley Henderson born 24 November 1965 is a Scottish actress. She is perhaps best known for her role as Moaning Myrtle in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005).

Henderson was born in Forres, Morayshire on the edge of the Scottish Highlands, but grew up in the village of Kincardine in Fife. As a child, she began singing in local clubs, at charity events, holiday camps and even a boxing contest. Having joined an after-school drama club, Henderson attended Fife College at the age of 16, where she completed a one-year course resulting in a National Certificate in Theatre Arts. She moved to London at 17 where she spent three years at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 1986.

Henderson got her first big break when Leonard White cast her as the lead in the children's television drama Shadow of the Stone on ITV. After this she spent the majority of her twenties concentrating on performing a wide variety of roles in the theatre. Early 1990 saw Shirley return to television screens when she appeared in the third series of the wartime drama series Wish Me Luck and Clarissa (1991). More stage work followed before she landed the key role of Isobel in the popular BBC series, Hamish Macbeth in 1995.

Henderson then moved into films, playing Morag in Rob Roy (1995) and Spud's girlfriend Gail in Danny Boyle's Trainspotting (1996). She continued her work in the theatre, including many productions at the National Theatre in London.1999 saw critically acclaimed performances in Mike Leigh's Topsy-Turvy — which also provided an opportunity for her to show off her singing skills — and Michael Winterbottom's Wonderland.

She played Jude in both Bridget Jones films and got the part of Moaning Myrtle in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005). She also played French princess Sophie-Philippine in Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette (2006).

Small-screen appearances have included playing Marie Melmotte in The Way We Live Now (2001); Catherine of Braganza in Charles II: The Power and the Passion (2003); Charlotte in Dirty Filthy Love (2004); Ursula Blake in the Doctor Who episode "Love & Monsters" (2006); and Emmeline Fox in The Crimson Petal and the White (2011).


1991 Dreaming , Advocates I,Clarissa

1994 Salt on Our Skin

1995 Rob Roy

1996 Trainspotting

1997 Bumping the Odds

1998 Speak Like a Child

1999 Topsy-Turvy,Wonderland

2001 The Claim ,Bridget Jones's Diary

2002 The Girl in the Red Dress,Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ,

Doctor Sleep ,Once Upon a Time in the Midlands ,24 Hour Party People,

Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself ,Villa des roses

2003 American Cousins ,Intermission ,Fishy ,AfterLife

2004 Dirty Filthy Love , Yes , Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

2005 E=mc² ,A Cock and Bull Story , Frozen , Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The Taming of the Shrew: Shakespeare Retold

2006 Marie-Antoinette, Ma Boy

2007 I Really Hate My Job,Wedding Belles

2008 Wild Child,Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Marple: Murder Is Easy

2009 Life During Wartime, May Contain Nuts

2010 Meek's Cutoff,The Nutcracker in 3D

2012 Seven Days


1987 Shadow of the Stone 1990 Wish Me Luck , Casualty

1994 The Bill

1995–1997 Hamish Macbeth

1997 Bumping the Odds

2000 Animated Tales of the World

2001 The Way We Live Now, In a Land of Plenty

2003 Charles II: The Power and the Passion

2005 ShakespeaRe-Told, E = mc2

2006 Doctor Who - "Love & Monsters"

2011 The Crimson Petal and the White