Bio | Hugh Quarshie

Hugh Quarshie

Hugh Quarshie

Hugh Anthony Quarshie (born 22 December 1954) is a Ghanaian-born British actor of stage, television and film. Some of his best-known roles include his appearances in the films Highlander (1986) and Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999), and his long-running role as Ric Griffin in the BBC medical drama Holby City (2001–present).

Early and personal life

Quarshie is of mixed Ghanaian, English and Dutch ancestry. He was born in Accra, Ghana, to Emma Wilhelmina (née Philips, 1917–2004) and Richard Quarshie, an African of chiefly ancestry, emigrating with his family to the United Kingdom at the age of three.[1] He was educated at Bryanston School in Dorset and Dean Close School in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (during which time he played the role of Othello at the Tuckwell Theatre), before reading PPE at Christ Church, Oxford.

Career

Quarshie had considered becoming a journalist before taking up acting. He is a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and has appeared in many stage productions and television programmes, including the serial Behaving Badly with Judi Dench. He is well known for playing the roles of Sunda Kastagir in Highlander, Captain Panaka in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, and Ric Griffin in the TV series Holby City. He attended the Star Wars fan event "Star Wars Celebration" in 1999.

He appeared in the 2007 two-part Doctor Who episode "Daleks in Manhattan"/"Evolution of the Daleks" as Solomon, the leader of the shanty town Hooverville. He headed the cast of Michele Soavi's The Church (1989) as Father Gus, and played Aaron the Moor in the BBC Television Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus.

Quarshie has also narrated for TV. His work includes the 2006 documentary Mega Falls of Iguacu (about the Iguaçu Falls), the 2009 adaptation of Small Island, and the 2010 BBC Wildlife series Great Rift: Africa's Wild Heart. In September 2010, he featured in an episode of Who Do You Think You Are?, in which he traced his Ghanaian and Dutch origins.[2][3] The episode revealed one of his ancestors to be Pieter Martinus Johannes Kamerling, a Dutch official on the Gold Coast, making Quarshie a distant relative of Dutch actor Antonie Kamerling.

Selected theatre performances

Goethe's Faust as Mephistopheles (RSC, 1995)

Julius Caesar as Mark Antony (RSC, 1995)

Othello as Othello (RSC, 2015)

 

Hugh Anthony Quarshie (born 22 December 1954) is a Ghanaian-born British actor of stage, television and film. Some of his best-known roles include his appearances in the films Highlander (1986) and Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999), and his long-running role as Ric Griffin in the BBC medical drama Holby City (2001–present).

Early and personal life

Quarshie is of mixed Ghanaian, English and Dutch ancestry. He was born in Accra, Ghana, to Emma Wilhelmina (née Philips, 1917–2004) and Richard Quarshie, an African of chiefly ancestry, emigrating with his family to the United Kingdom at the age of three.[1] He was educated at Bryanston School in Dorset and Dean Close School in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (during which time he played the role of Othello at the Tuckwell Theatre), before reading PPE at Christ Church, Oxford.

Career

Quarshie had considered becoming a journalist before taking up acting. He is a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and has appeared in many stage productions and television programmes, including the serial Behaving Badly with Judi Dench. He is well known for playing the roles of Sunda Kastagir in Highlander, Captain Panaka in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, and Ric Griffin in the TV series Holby City. He attended the Star Wars fan event "Star Wars Celebration" in 1999.

He appeared in the 2007 two-part Doctor Who episode "Daleks in Manhattan"/"Evolution of the Daleks" as Solomon, the leader of the shanty town Hooverville. He headed the cast of Michele Soavi's The Church (1989) as Father Gus, and played Aaron the Moor in the BBC Television Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus.

Quarshie has also narrated for TV. His work includes the 2006 documentary Mega Falls of Iguacu (about the Iguaçu Falls), the 2009 adaptation of Small Island, and the 2010 BBC Wildlife series Great Rift: Africa's Wild Heart. In September 2010, he featured in an episode of Who Do You Think You Are?, in which he traced his Ghanaian and Dutch origins.[2][3] The episode revealed one of his ancestors to be Pieter Martinus Johannes Kamerling, a Dutch official on the Gold Coast, making Quarshie a distant relative of Dutch actor Antonie Kamerling.

Selected theatre performances

Goethe's Faust as Mephistopheles (RSC, 1995)

Julius Caesar as Mark Antony (RSC, 1995)

Othello as Othello (RSC, 2015)

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes

1968 Scene (TV series) 1 episode ("Wide Games")

1979 The Knowledge (TV film) Campion

1980 Buccaneer (TV series) Major Ndobi 2 episodes

1980 The Dogs of War Zangaron Officer

1981 Wolcott (TV mini-series) Dennis St George

1981 The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs (TV film) Danny Young

1981 A Midsummer Night's Dream (TV film) Philostrate

1983 Rumpole of the Bailey Jonathan Mazenze 1 episode ("Rumpole and the Golden Thread")

1983 Angels (TV series) Turi Mimi 2 episodes

1984 Sharma and Beyond (TV film) Man on Stairs

1985 Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend Kenge Obe

1985 Titus Andronicus (TV film) Aaron

1985 Alas Smith and Jones (TV series) 1 episode

1986 Highlander Sunda Kastagir

1986–89 Screenplay (TV series) Mike/Wallace 2 episodes

1988 A Gentleman's Club (TV series) Baba 1 episode

1989 La Chiesa Father Gus

1989 Behaving Badly (TV mini-series) Daniel

1990 Nightbreed Detective Joyce

1991 Chancer (TV series) Kazeem 2 episodes

1991 Press Gang (TV series) Inspector Hibbert

1992 Surgical Spirit (TV series) Fergus Debonaire 1 episode

1992 Virtual Murder (TV series) Dr Mellor

1992 The Tomorrow People (TV series) Professor John Galt 5 episodes (The 5-part story officially known as "The Origin Story")

1992–94 Medics (TV series) Dr Tom Carey

1993 The Comic Strip Presents ... (TV series) Lieutenant Delaney

1993 Red Dwarf (TV series) Computer Voice 1 episode ("Emohawk: Polymorph II")

1994 Horizon (TV documentary) Narrator

1994 The Chief (TV series) Vincent Pierce 1 episode

1994 MacGyver: Lost Treasure of Atlantis (TV film) Inspector Rhodes

1994 Shakespeare: The Animated Tales (TV series) Cassius

1999 Wing Commander Mr. Obutu

1999 Star Wars: The Phantom Menace Captain Panaka

2001-present Holby City Ric Griffin

2003 Conspiracy of Silence Fr. Joseph Ennis, S.J.

2007 Doctor Who Solomon 2 episodes

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