Shirley Henderson
Biographical Information
Born November 24th, 1965
Forres, Scotland
Productions Topsy-Turvy as Leonora Braham
Doctor Who as Ursula Blake
Life During Wartime as Joy Jordan Mellencamp
Recordings Topsy-Turvy (film soundtrack)
Vocal Type Soprano

Shirley Henderson is a Scottish actress.


Born in Forres, Moray, Henderson began singing as a child and later graduated as an actress at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Gaining her big break in children's television series Shadow of the Stone, Henderson became a popular theatre actress, appearing as the female lead in Romeo and Juliet in Glasgow.

However, it was as a character actress on film that Henderson would become most commonly recognised, appearing in, amongst others, Bridget Jones' Diary, Trainspotting and in a recurring role as "Moaning" Myrtle in the Harry Potter series.


Henderson displayed her singing abilities in several productions, firstly and mostly notably when playing Leonora Braham in Topsy-Turvy, singing several songs Braham originated during her career with Gilbert and Sullivan. She also sang briefly during her appearance in Doctor Who as Ursula Blake, a member of the LINDA group.

Finally, Henderson portrayed the musically inclined, guitar playing Joy Jordan Mellencamp, who sings the title song in Life During Wartime.


Topsy-Turvy (1999)Edit

  • Incantation (contains solo lines)
  • But Soft.../Where, Why Be I? (contains solo lines)
  • Three Little Maids From School Are We (contains solo lines)
  • The Mikado Act Two Finale
  • The Sun Whose Rays Are All Ablaze (solo)

Doctor Who (2005)Edit

  • Don't Bring Me Down
  • Brand New Key (duet)

Life During Wartime (2009)Edit

  • Life During Wartime

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