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Our Patron: Fiona Shaw C.B.E

"It is a great pleasure for me to become a Patron of the Irish Elderly Advice Network, a charity well-known throughout the Irish community in London for their wonderful work supporting and uplifting older Irish people. Over three decades of work, the charity has tackled poverty, hardship, loneliness and isolation amongst the older Irish of London and their work continues to grow. I have great support also for their exciting cultural and artistic work with older Irish people, including Irish Elders Theatre and the Irish Pensioners Choir, two inspirational projects showing how involvement in the arts enriches lives at any age. As the Irish Elderly Advice Network approaches their 30th anniversary year, is an honour to join them as their Patron. I look forward to supporting and sharing their work in the years ahead"

About Fiona Shaw

Fiona Shaw is an Irish actress and theatre director, born on July 10, 1958, in County Cork, Ireland. She trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London and made her stage debut in 1982.

Shaw is best known for her roles in stage productions, including "Medea," "Machinal," and "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie," which won her the Olivier Award for Best Actress. She has also appeared in numerous films and television shows, including the Harry Potter film series, where she played the role of Petunia Dursley.

In addition to her acting career, Shaw has also directed several stage productions, including "The Rivals" at the Royal Shakespeare Company and "Happy Days" at the National Theatre in London.

Shaw has won numerous awards throughout her career, including a Tony Award for her role in "Medea" and an Emmy Award for her performance in the TV series "Killing Eve."

She is also a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for her services to drama.

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