What Harry Potters Moaning Myrtle did next – from Bridget Jones to Happy Valley

What Harry Potters Moaning Myrtle did next – from Bridget Jones to Happy Valley


Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint dealt with a variety of bizarre characters in the Harry Potter films.

Moaning Myrtle was one of the most memorable, but most fans don't know that the 14 year old school girl was actually played by a 37 year old woman.

In both 2002 and 2005, Scottish actress Shirley Henderson, who celebrates her 56th birthday today (November 24), played the role of Moaning Myrtle, the whining ghost who haunts Hogwarts' toilets.

However, Shirley was already well known to casting agents by then. The respected character actress has had a 40-year career, working steadily in productions including Star Wars, Wild Child, Trainspotting and all of the Bridget Jones films.

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See if these roles ring a bell….

Having moved to London aged 17 to pursue an acting career, Shirley landed small TV roles in Casualty and BBC's Hamish Macbeth before her big break, landing the role of Gail in the cult 1996 film Trainspotting alongside Ewan McGregor.

In 2001, Shirley was cast as Jude, one of Bridge's besties in Bridget Jones's Diary.

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She returned to co-star with Renee Zellweger twice more in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason in 2004, and 2016's Bridget Jones's Baby.

While playing a thirty-something Londoner in the first two Bridget Jones films, versatile Shirley landed the role of 14-year-old Moaning Myrtle at the same time.

Her role as Myrtle ended in 2005, but Shirley has continued to work consistently.

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In 2008, she played the role of Matron in the film Wild Child, starring Emma Roberts.

Shirley's role as Bunty Blades in another Irvine Welsh adaptation, 2013's Filth, landed her a nomination for the Best Supporting Actor at the British Independent Film Awards.

Series two of BBC crime drama Happy Valley saw her play the pivotal role of Frances Drummond, a damaged woman who became involved with the show's imprisoned villain Tommy Lee Royce (James Norton).

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Shirley also starred alongside John C Reilly, in the 2018 film Stan & Ollie.

The film – based on the lives of comedy double-act Laurel and Hardy – saw Shirley play the role of John C Reilly's wife, Lucille Hardy.

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