Guy Henry (actor)
|Guy Henry (actor)|
17 October 1960
London, England, UK
Guy Henry is an English stage and screen actor, with roles in Rome and John Adams. He appeared in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Part 2 and, more recently, the hospital drama Holby City as the Director of Surgery, Mr Henrik Hanssen.
Early life and career
Henry attended Brockenhurst College in Hampshire where he took A levels. Henry trained at RADA (1979–81, at the same time as Paul McGann). In 1982, he took the title role in ITV's Young Sherlock Holmes series, playing Holmes as a teenager (though Henry was by then nearly 22).
Henry's main work has been with the Royal Shakespeare Company, including the following roles:
- 1991 – Thurio (The Two Gentlemen of Verona), Poggio (Tis Pity She's a Whore) ,Ananias (The Alchemist).
- 1992 – Osric (Hamlet), Sir Formal Trifle (The Virtuoso)
- 1993 – Second Tempter and Second Knight (Murder in the Cathedral), Lelio (The Venetian Twins)
- 1994 – Director [character name] (A Life in the Theatre)
- 1996 – Sir Andrew Aguecheek (Twelfth Night)
- 1997 – Cloten (Cymbeline), Dr Caius (The Merry Wives of Windsor)
- 1998 – Lord Chamberlain (Henry VIII)
- 1999 – Russayev (Yuri Gagarin), Octavius Caesar (Antony and Cleopatra)
- 2001 – Malvolio (Twelfth Night), King John (King John), Mosca (Volpone)
- 2003 – Parolles (All's Well That Ends Well)
Henry remains associated with the RSC, and will return to the company for the first time in ten years to play Hook in Ella Hickson's Wendy and Peter Pan at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in December 2013.
Other theatre work
He was an acclaimed Earl of Leicester in the 2005–06 Donmar Warehouse production of Schiller's Mary Stuart, which transferred to the West End. Ironically, it was pre-cursored by his appearance – again as Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester- in the 1986 TV drama Lady Jane. From December 2008 to March 2009 he appeared as Andrew Aguecheek (alongside Derek Jacobi) in the Donmar: West End production of Twelfth Night. In April and May 2009 he appeared in Hay Fever at the Chichester Festival Theatre.
In 1987, Henry appeared in the episode 'Rumpole and the Official Secret' from Season 4 of Rumpole of the Bailey. In the early 1990s, he played the acerbic, demonic Dr Walpurgis in The Vault of Horror, a BBC Halloween special. His make-up was provided by Hellraiser veteran Geoff Portass. Guy also introduced a few series of cult horror films in several BBC One Friday night horror seasons (with a name change to 'Dr. Terror'), with scripted introductions written by horror novelist and film historian Kim Newman. He appeared in the 1996 schools series Look and Read: Spywatch, the BBC's 1996 adaptation of Emma. In 1998 he made one appearance in the medical soap opera Peak Practice and in two episodes of The Grand.
He appeared in four episodes of the 2001 series of another medical soap Doctors.
He has also frequently been cast as a conspiratorial and/or Machiavellian civil servant, as in Fields of Gold (2002) and Foyle's War (in a 2003 episode). He played the title role in Channel 4's 2004 documentary Who Killed Thomas Becket?, a 'promotion' from his role as Tempter in the RSC Murder in the Cathedral, TS Eliot's version of the same story, and was a deportment tutor and a shoemaker respectively in the BBC's The Young Visiters [sic] (2003) and Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking (Christmas 2004). He played the part of Corporal Ludovic in the C4 presentation of Evelyn Waugh's 'Sword of Honour' trilogy ( 2001) alongside the then relatively unknown Daniel Craig.
In 2005 he appeared in the feature-length ITV drama Colditz and had a recurring role in Extras, which continued into a few episodes of the comedy's second season. He also had a small role in the ITV drama, Trial & Retribution IX: The Lovers. His main role that year, however, was as Cassius (fictionalised version of Gaius Longinus Cassius) in the last two or three episodes of the first series of HBO/BBC series Rome. He reprised this role in the second series (broadcast 2007) until the character's death at the Battle of Philippi in the episode Philippi. His friend Sarah Kennedy (see #Radio) commented that this was a natural progression for one with his 'lean and hungry look' (Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, 2.I).
In 2006, he played a lawyer in Midsomer Murders, appeared with Michael Sheen in Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa! (as Hugh Paddick), and featured in the first, fifth and sixth episodes of the first series of The Chase (in another role he reprised in 2007). In 2007 he appeared as the UK's UN Ambassador in The Trial of Tony Blair and appeared in the seventh episode of the second series of Hotel Babylon. Also in 2007 he appeared on radio as Noël Coward in the Afternoon Play of 4 May 2007, "The Master and Mrs Tucker" by Roy Apps, which told of Coward's friendship with Edith Nesbit (played by Ann Bell).
In 2010 he appeared as a lawyer in an episode of The IT Crowd entitled "Something Happened".
His film credits include appearances in Another Country with Rupert Everett, later in Stephen Fry's 2003 film Bright Young Things (appearing in the poster for it, top left) as Archie, in V for Vendetta as Conrad Heyer, in Starter for 10 as a university professor, in Expresso and as Pius Thicknesse in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Part 2. In 2014 he appeared in the critically acclaimed short film Done In.
From around 2004 until the end of her show in 2010, Guy Henry gained an additional fanbase as a result of his friendship with the Radio 2 presenter Sarah Kennedy, who began by corresponding with his father. Through letters to Sarah from Henry himself, his father and 'the Lady Agrippa' (a nickname for his mother), listeners were kept up to date on his career. A recording of his voice announced her regular 'It's Showtime!' slot of tunes from the musicals at about 6.45am GMT – originally he just spoke the title of the slot, and a whole repertoire of different recordings was later added. He also occasionally appeared live on her show, and co-hosted with her as part of the annual charity appeal Children in Need.
Henry was a guest speaker at an NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) summer seminar entitled Shakespeare: Enacting the Text. (5 July to 6 August 1999).
- Michael Billington (17 April 2009). "Theatre review: Hay Fever, Chichester Festival". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
- "BBC Radio 4 – Afternoon Drama, The Master and Mrs Tucker". bbc.co.uk. 4 May 2007. Retrieved 9 July 2013.