Scottish singer Shirley Manson aka the lead singer of rock band Garbage has been one of the most powerful women in the music industry. Apart from her fantastic music career as a singer and songwriter, Manson has been active in show business as an actress, not to mention she has been supporting uncountable causes, including cancer and AIDS charities.

Born on August 26, 1966, in Edinburgh, Shirley Manson's career began when she was only a teenager who used to perform backing vocals for the Scottish rock band Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie. A young, rebellious, and dark Shirley, gained media attention for her on-stage talent and was approached by a record label that wanted to launch her as a solo artist. The rest is history.

Alternative rock band Garbage eventually spotted her and she became part of it as the lead singer. Shirley Manson, along with Garbage band members Duke Erikson, Steve Marker, and Butch Vig, released six studio albums, being Strange Little Birds (2016), the most recent one. "When I Grow Up," "Only Happy When It Rains," "Cherry Lips," and of course James Bond's theme "The World Is Not Enough," are only a few of Garbage's most successful tracks. 

Shirley Manson at the 25th Anniversary BRIT Awards 2005, London

Shirley Manson does not only have a successful career with her beloved band Garbage but also as a solo artist. She has collaborated with numerous music stars including American rock bands Fun Lovin' Criminals and Queens of the Stone Age, as well as rock star Marilyn Manson, who by the way, is not related to her.

Garbage's Shirley Manson: This is the music star today

In recent years Shirley Manson has pursued her career both as an actress and a voice talent. In 2012 for instance, she played "Nicole" on the American political thriller Knife Fight, alongside Rob Lowe, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Modern Family star Julie Bowen. In 2017 she voiced "Chirp" and "Cheep" on the Canadian animated series Top Wing, which revolves around the lives of four young birds who earn their wings by helping the community.

Shirley Manson from Garbage performs during KAABOO Texas Music Festival 2019

Quick facts about Garbage's singer Shirley Manson

  • Credits Glenn Close and Margaret Thatcher as her acting influences
  • Adopted a rescue dog named Veela, named after Harry Potter's magical creatures "veelas"
  • Considered to be one of the most prominent feminist icons
  • Also known as "Catherine Weaver" on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
  • Used to work as a model for Calvin Klein!