|Born||Douglas James Henshall
19 November 1965
Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
|Other names||Dougie Henshall
|Height||1.79m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Spouse(s)||Tena Štivičić (2010-present)|
Douglas James Henshall (born 19 November 1965) is a Scottish actor probably best known for his role as Professor Nick Cutter in the British science fiction series Primeval and Jimmy Perez in crime drama Shetland.
Douglas Henshall was born in Glasgow, Scotland. His mother is a nurse and his father a salesman. He has two elder sisters. He grew up in Barrhead and attended Barrhead High School. While at school he joined the Scottish Youth Theatre based in Glasgow. After leaving school, he moved to London to train at Mountview Theatre School. While in London he received critical acclaim for his theatre work, notably Life of Stuff at the Donmar Warehouse (1993) and American Buffalo at the Young Vic (1997). He returned to Glasgow and joined the 7:84 theatre company. Henshall is a fan of St Mirren Football Club. He is married to Croatian writer Tena Štivičić.
In 1993 he appeared in Dennis Potter's television adaptation of Lipstick on Your Collar. He also portrayed T.E. Lawrence in a recurring role in the American television series Young Indiana Jones (1992-1996). One of his first successful film roles was as Edgar in Angels and Insects (1995) before going on to star in Sharpe's Justice (1997), Orphans (1998), The Man with Rain in His Shoes (1998), The Lawless Heart (2001) and Silent Cry (2002). He has also starred in many television series and is known for his roles in Psychos (1999), Kid in the Corner (1999) (for which he won a gold nymph as best actor in a mini-series at the Monte-Carlo TV festival in 2000), Anna Karenina (2000), and Loving You (2003). He has also performed in plays for BBC radio, including the role of Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (1999) and David in The Long Farewell (2002). In the summer of 2002, Douglas returned to the London stage where he performed the role of Michael Bakunin in Tom Stoppard's new trilogy of plays, The Coast of Utopia, at the National Theatre.
He went on to appear in another ITV1 show, Collision, in which he played the investigating officer of a multiple car crash. In 2010, Douglas starred in a BBC1 drama called The Silence. He appeared in Series 5 of Lewis in the episode "The Mind Has Mountains" and as Cradoc in The Eagle (2011).
In summer 2011 Henshall starred in Harold Pinter's Betrayal at the Comedy Theatre in London's West End playing the lover of Emma, played by Kristin Scott Thomas. Her husband was played by Ben Miles and the revival was brought to life by director Ian Rickson. In autumn 2012 he appeared as Oliver Cromwell in the premiere of the new play 55 Days.
In 2012 he starred as Augustus Cribben in The Secret of Crickley Hall, and in the ITV television film of Ian Rankin's novel Doors Open. In 2013 Henshall played Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez in the BBC two-part drama Shetland.The story is based on one of Ann Cleeves' Shetland crime novels, Red Bones. The six episodes will be split into three two-part stories based on Ann Cleeve's stories Raven Black, Dead Water and Blue Lightning.
- Douglas Henshall at the Internet Movie Database
- Betrayal, "Comedy Theatre Review", The Telegraph, 17 June 2011
- Betrayal - Review, "Comedy Theatre London", The Guardian, 17 June 2011
- First Night: Betrayal, "Comedy Theatre London", The Independent', 17 June 2011