The Break that Refreshes: Shirley Henderson


By Marilyn Ferdinand

Now that I’ve picked my top 20 actresses for Nathaniel’s movie meme, I thought I’d show you why I like them. Consider these clips, one each week, the break that refreshes.

Shirley Henderson (center principal) singing “Three Little Maids” from Gilbert and Sullivan’s light opera The Mikado in director Mike Leigh’s Topsy-Turvy (1999).

  • Vanessa spoke:
    13th/12/2008 to 4:49 pm

    She is so fantastic! Have you seen her in the BBC ShakespeaRe-Told? Very funny in Taming of the Shrew!!!

  • bill r. spoke:
    15th/12/2008 to 7:51 am

    That’s one of my all-time favorite films. It’s just astonishing.

  • Marilyn spoke:
    15th/12/2008 to 8:14 am

    Vanessa – Thanks for stopping by. I have not seen this BBC series, but I’m going to check to see if I can get my hands on it. Thanks for the tip.
    Bill – Me, too. It satisfies the film and opera lover in me, and the performances are great all around.

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