Shirley was trained at the Birmingham School of Drama. She has recently performed in a one-woman show of Heart of Darkness as Marlow, and as Helen Stubs in A Brief Timeline of Enemies and Friends, at the Edinburgh Festival.
Her film work includes a number of short films and a part in the Nollywood feature film Just One Blood. She is an award winning writer and director, with a three feature films currently in production.
Shirley runs an independent production company called Passion Productions https://www.passionproductions.co.uk, and mentors in film, theatre, and creative writing.
She has published three novels: The Insect House, The Far Side of The Mirror and an anthology A Brief Timeline.