Harry Potter is one of the biggest film franchises ever, and has brought us some very memorable characters.

But you might be surprised to find out one of the fictional wizard schoolchildren was actually portrayed by a 37-year-old woman.

Shirley Henderson is best known for her role as Moaning Myrtle in the second and fourth films of the Harry Potter film series.

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Shirley as Moaning Myrtle in the Harry Potter film franchise (Image: Getty Images)

The Scottish actress has also starred in a wide range of other film blockbusters, such as Bridget Jones’ Diary, Trainspotting and recently Star Wars.

Henderson was cast as the 14-year-old whining ghost who haunts the toilets of Hogwarts, but that wasn’t her first famous role.

The following year she was in Danny Boyle’s cult classic Trainspotting, where she played Spud’s girlfriend Gail.

Henderson alongside Renee Zellweger in Bridget Jones’s Diary (Image: Getty Images)

In a career spanning over 40 years, Henderson was then cast in Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) as one of Jones’s best friends Jude.

This role was reprised in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004), and Bridget Jones’ Baby (2016).

She then played schoolgirl Moaning Myrtle in Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets in 2002, despite being in her mid-thirties.

This iconic character was later seen again in 2005 in Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire.

Shirley then went onto bigger projects after Harry Potter, such as the chick-flick Wild Child (2008).

Henderson as Gail in the black comedy-drama Trainspotting (Image: Getty Images/CHP)

She was later nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Filth (2013) as Bunty Blades in the British Independent Film Awards.

Henderson had a high-profile role in Star Wars recently, featuring in The Rise of Skywalker in 2019, as Babu Frik.

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