Here’s what Harry Potter’s Moaning Myrtle did next, from Bridget Jones to Happy Valley.


Here’s what Harry Potter’s Moaning Myrtle did next, from Bridget Jones to Happy Valley.

Although the Harry Potter films featured a slew of British acting aristocracy, one of the franchise’s minor roles was played by a well-known character actress that you might recognize.

In the Harry Potter films, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint played a variety of strange personas.

One of the most iconic characters was Moaning Myrtle, although most fans are unaware that the 14-year-old schoolgirl was performed by a 37-year-old woman.

Shirley Henderson, who celebrates her 56th birthday today (November 24), played Moaning Myrtle, the wailing ghost who haunts Hogwarts’ lavatories, in both 2002 and 2005.

Shirley, on the other hand, was already well-known to casting directors at the time. She has a 40-year career as a respected character actress, appearing in films such as Star Wars, Wild Child, Trainspotting, and all of the Bridget Jones films.

See if any of these roles sound familiar….

Shirley secured tiny TV roles in Casualty and BBC’s Hamish Macbeth before getting the role of Gail in the cult 1996 film Trainspotting starring Ewan McGregor, after moving to London at the age of 17 to pursue an acting career.

Shirley was cast as Jude, one of Bridget Jones’s best friends, in Bridget Jones’s Diary in 2001.

She worked with Renee Zellweger again in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason in 2004 and Bridget Jones’s Baby in 2016.

Shirley earned the job of 14-year-old Moaning Myrtle while also playing a thirty-something Londoner in the first two Bridget Jones films.

Shirley’s role as Myrtle ended in 2005, but she has continued to work steadily ever since.

In 2008, she starred alongside Emma Roberts in the film Wild Child as Matron.

Shirley was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the British Independent Film Awards for her performance as Bunty Blades in another Irvine Welsh adaption, Filth, from 2013.

She played Frances Drummond, a disturbed lady who became entangled with the show’s imprisoned villain Tommy Lee Royce, in series two of BBC crime drama Happy Valley (James Norton).

Shirley also co-starred in the 2018 film Stan and Ollie with John C Reilly.

Shirley played Lucille Hardy, John C Reilly’s wife, in the film, which was based on the life of comedic duo Laurel and Hardy.

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