Monthly Archives: March 2010

Neil Gaiman: a nobody’s guide to the Oscars

You know you’re not going to win. You’re seated in second-class. You’ve trodden on someone’s dress. Author Neil Gaiman on what it’s like to be invisible at the Oscars Continue reading… Continue reading

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Shutter Island

The performances are solid and the directing is inspired. But Martin Scorsese’s grand ambitions sit uneasily on what is essentially an old-fashioned melodrama. Peter Bradshaw is exasperated by this shaggy dog tale Continue reading… Continue reading

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Meet the real Shirley Henderson

Her tiny frame and bubble-light voice have made Shirley Henderson a shoo-in for roles such as Harry Potter’s Moaning Myrtle – but don’t be fooled she’s a tough cookie

The first thing you notice about Shirley Henderson is that no one else notices her. Dressed in a demure, plain-coloured shift and clutching a handbag too small to carry more than a lipstick and purse, she slips quietly through the half-empty Glasgow cafe in which we’ve arranged to meet. She slides stealthily into the seat next to mine. An attempt at a kiss – air or cheek – would, I sense, be an error; Henderson prefers the professional formality of an army officer’s handshake.

It would be a mistake to interpret Henderson’s understated appearance as the attention-avoiding tactic of a mildly famous celebrity, though she has certainly taken roles that have granted her a modicum of fame – many will know her as the downtrodden teenage ghost Moaning Myrtle in the Harry Potter movies, or the obsessive-compulsive Charlotte in ITV’s Dirty Filthy Love, for which she earned a Royal Television Society award nomination in 2005.

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