Fiona Shaw joins 'True Blood' cast

Irish actress Fiona Shaw (Harry Potter’s Aunt Petunia) has joined the cast of HBO’s True Blood, Deadline reports. Shaw’s character, Marnie, has been described as an underachieving palm reader who is spiritually possessed by an actual witch. She will be a regular cast member in the show’s fourth season next year.


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  • Ellie

    Fiona Shaw is a fantastic actress. This should be great fun.

    • jmo

      Fun is the perfect word. Whenever Fiona Shaw pops up, it’s like cotton candy to me. Whether the roll is saccharine or virbolic, she unlike any actress out there today.

      • jmo

        Sorry: Whether the role is saccharine or virbolic, she’s unlike any actress out there today.

      • SirLizard

        I don’t know this word “virbolic”, and neither does my dictionary. And a google search doesn’t come up with anything useful. What does it mean?

      • Bunny

        Maybe jmo meant “verbose” as in “impaired by wordiness”, or “vitriolic” as in “extremely biting or caustic”. Both could be used to describe some of her roles. Actually, combining verbose and vitriolic would get you something like virbolic. Kind of like snotty + sarcastic = snarky. I kinda like it.

        just sayin’

      • jmo

        I was tired and in a hurry. It’s vitriolic. Acid-tongue. Shaw did it wonderfully in HP and Undercover Blues.

  • Tonic

    Shaw provided the best live acting experience I’ve ever had. Can’t wait to see what she does.

    • Mack Jagger

      as Medea? I agree totally…

    • veronica

      i saw fiona shaw play richard III in london in the 90s – brilliant!

  • JJ

    Please tell me it won’t be a case of another actor faking a bad American accent on TV. This show is a particularly bad offender (at least House doesn’t have to pull off that Lou’siana drawl). Hopefully her lovely Irish lilt will remain intact.

    • Tarc

      Can’t agree there; the accents are actually pretty great considering the highly multi-national cast.

      • JJ

        Ryan Kwanten does a pretty good job twisting his Aussie twang into a serviceable southern accent. Moyer, on the other hand, can be pretty hit or miss – especially when he raises his voice. And I’m sorry, but Paquin is just painfully bad. I was born and raised in Louisiana, and the only character who even comes close to consistently nailing the northern Louisiana dialect is Denis O’Hare(and Rusell’s supposed to be from Mississippi, so go figure).

      • kad

        AGREED. I think the accents are fine on TB.

      • Slimer

        I have to ask, how much time have you spent in the actual South, more importantly Louisiana? As a resident of the Deep South, please believe me when I say they are abysmal.

      • Debbie

        I love the accents on True Blood LOVE them. I am from the south and I lived in Louisiana, in some parts they do sound that way.


    Worst show ever. Worst One-Term President ever.

    • Jen

      So relevant!

    • jmo


    • Truebie and Obama Fan

      If you don’t like True Blood or Obama, change your country and your channel. I am sooo sick of y’all poor losers. BTW…I’m sure there are plenty of good hunting and fishing shows on that time of night…and I heard Sarah Palin has a *cough* reality show out…

      • Debbie

        That is so funny, love that reply from Truebie and Obama Fan. I agree.

    • rae

      Now what does Mr. Obama have to do with this conversation, hateful person?

    • Tina

      Ok hater, just wanting a place to spread your hate. What not enough I hate Obama sites out there for you.

  • Annie

    Love Fiona Shaw!!!! Glad to see her on “True Blood”

  • Jackie

    So is her character a combination of the Amelia character from the books with her witch-mentor?

    • kath467

      O love Fiona Shaw, but she seems a little too old to play Amelia (or an Amelia-like character), I pictured Amelia as closer to Sookie’s age. Marnie is an actual character in the 4th book, but who knows, since they’re not dealing with Katrina on the show like they did in the books, it could make sense to leapfrog to the way to the 6th book’s plot to bring in Amelia. Sookie COULD use a girlfriend at this point to talk some sense into her!! I have no problem with the changes from the book-to-show up till now, so I trust Alan Ball to make it awesome!

      • Jackie

        Thanks, it’s been so long since I read the fourth book that I didn’t remember Marnie. I know, I also picture Amelia as being about Sookie’s age, but the description of Fiona’s character being an underachieving palm reader reminded me of Amelia.

      • Krystal

        I think she’s playing Hallow

      • kath467

        I think Hallow and Marnie are the same character — she takes the name Hallow when she becomes leader of the coven. But let’s be honest — no book fan can even start to care about the witch subplot till we know if we’re seeing Eric run down the driveway naked!!!

      • chris c

        I think she is to old to play Amelia to.I think they should get Rachel Bilson, she would be great.

  • timelord24

    is there such a thing called a bad american accent?

    • SirLizard

      I’ve heard plenty of bad American accents, usually on British programs. I think that when Brits come to the U.S. they usually try harder than when they’re doing American accents within the U.K.

    • JJ

      See Andrew Lincoln in “The Walking Dead” (Brit playing American southerner), Poppy Montgomery in “Without a Trace” (Australian playing an American Midwesterner), Anna Paquin in “True Blood” (New Zealander playing another American southerner). It’s probably just me, but it drives me crazy.

  • Thomas

    The Witch War from the books must be on tap.

  • Zo


    I was lucky enough to see Fiona on stage as “Medea” years ago… It was one of the most electrifying, intense, stunning performances I have ever seen. And I have seen some fantastic work on the stage… I can’t wait to now see her in one of my favorite shows! Good job, Alan Ball and HBO!

  • a person

    my favorite part in Harry Potter w/ the Dursleys is when Aunt Petunia goes on a rant about how her sister was a freak for being a witch and now Aunt Petunia is a witch its kinda funny!! :)

  • cregis

    Supposedly Brits can do the best Southern accents. This comes from the days of Gone With the Wind. As a Southerner I love Moyer’s accent.

  • festool

    Don’t care one way or another as long as she gets nekkid like everyone else.

    • Amanda

      That’s funny. My first thought when I read this was, “please, don’t get naked.”

  • jimmymacc55d

    when does the new season start

    • Tina

      Next June i believe is when it starts. I know that the Ssn 3 Dvds are set to release in May so if the trend holds the new season will start a couple of weeks after.

  • Conor O’Brien

    shes from Cork City where I am originally from too! well on ya girl!! (also from Cork: Jonathan reese Myers and Killian Murphy)

    • SaraMc

      Cork does provide some excellent actors, indeed. The names of the actors you mentioned are actually spelled Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Cillian Murphy (although your spelling does provide phonetic pronunciation for those not familiar with Irish names.)

  • Kim

    In the books, Marnie is supposed to have a twin brother that looks a lot like her. They are supposed to be Were’s too! Also, Marnie is known as Hallow the Witch who tries to kidnap Erik. I am confused by the casting choice.

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