Dr. Prunesquallor's tense and rigid sister, Irma, grows tired of her spinster existence and throws a party in an effort to find a husband. She sets her cap for Professor Bellgrove, now headmaster of Titus's school, and the two quickly fall in love.
Brought up outside Cork, Ireland, Fiona Shaw moved to London in 1980 to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, graduating with the Bancroft Gold Medal. In 1993, she won both the Evening Standard Drama Award and the Olivier Award for Best Actress for her role in Stephen Daldry's Machinal. Most recently Shaw ignited criticism and praise on stage as Shakespeare's Richard II under the direction of her frequent collaborator Deborah Warner.
Shaw has appeared in three ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre productions, Love Song, Persuasion, and Hedda Gabbler, in which she played the starring role. On film, she has starred in Three Men and a Little Lady, My Left Foot, Jane Eyre, and Mountains of the Moon. She appears with Gormenghast costar Richard Griffiths (Swelter) in the upcoming Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, playing Harry Potter's aunt, Petunia Dursley.
In Peake's words:
Vain as a child, thin as a stork's leg, and, in her black glasses, blind as an owl in daylight. She misses her footing on the social ladder at least three times a week, only to start climbing again, wriggling her pelvis all the while, She clasps her dead, white hands beneath her chin in the high hope of hiding the flatness of her chest.
-- Gormenghast, Chapter 2
|Steerpike | Groan | Gertrude | Titus | Fuchsia | Flay
Swelter | Nannie | Barquentine | Clarice + Cora
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