22 December 1954 |
Accra, Gold Coast (now Ghana)
Dean Close School
|Alma mater||Christ Church, Oxford|
|Organization||Royal Shakespeare Company|
|Television||Holby City (2001–present)|
|Spouse(s)||Annika Sundström (? - present)|
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), The Church (1989), Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999), and the Doctor Who episodes 'Daleks in Manhattan' and 'Evolution for the Daleks' (2007) as well as his long-running role as Ric Griffin in the BBC medical drama Holby City (2001–present). Quarshie has currently played the role of Ric for almost 15 years and is also the longest serving cast member in Holby City.
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. 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.
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: Episode I – 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 portrayed Lieutenant Obutu in Wing Commander.
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. 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.
|1980||The Dogs of War||Zangaron Officer|
|1985||Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend||Kenge Obe|
|1989||La Chiesa||Father Gus|
|1999||Wing Commander||Lieutenant Obutu|
|Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace||Captain Panaka|
|2003||Conspiracy of Silence||Fr. Joseph Ennis, S.J.|
|1968||Scene||Episode ("Wide Games")|
|1979||The Knowledge||Campion||TV movie|
|1980||Buccaneer||Major Ndobi||2 episodes|
|1981||Wolcott||Dennis St George||TV mini-series|
|The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs||Danny Young||TV movie|
|A Midsummer Night's Dream||Philostrate||TV movie|
|1983||Rumpole of the Bailey||Jonathan Mazenze||Episode: "Rumpole and the Golden Thread"|
|1983||Angels||Turi Mimi||2 episodes|
|1984||Sharma and Beyond||Man on Stairs||TV movie|
|1985||Titus Andronicus||Aaron||TV movie|
|Alas Smith and Jones||1 episode|
|1988||A Gentleman's Club||Baba||Episode: A Question of Er...|
|1989||Behaving Badly||Daniel||TV mini-series, 4 episodes|
|Press Gang||Inspector Hibbert||2 episodes|
|1992–94||Medics||Dr Tom Carey||19 episodes|
|1992||Surgical Spirit||Fergus Debonaire||1 episode|
|Virtual Murder||Dr Mellor||Episode: A Dream of Dracula|
|The Tomorrow People||Professor John Galt||5 episodes (The 5-part story officially known as "The Origin Story")|
|1993||The Comic Strip Presents ...||Lieutenant Delaney||Episode: Gregory: Diary of a Nutcase|
|Red Dwarf||Computer Voice||Episode: "Emohawk: Polymorph II"|
|The Chief||Vincent Pierce||1 episode|
|MacGyver: Lost Treasure of Atlantis||Inspector Rhodes||TV movie|
|Shakespeare: The Animated Tales||Cassius||TV mini-series, Episode: Julius Caesar, voice|
|2001–present||Holby City||Ric Griffin||Recurring role, 505 episodes|
|2007||Doctor Who||Solomon||2 episodes|
|2012||White Heat||Victor||TV mini-series, 6 episodes|
Selected theatre performances
- Cymbeline as Posthumus (Royal Exchange, Manchester) (1984)
- The Admirable Crichton as Crichton (Royal Exchange, Manchester) (1985)
- Goethe's Faust as Mephistopheles (RSC, 1995)
- Julius Caesar as Mark Antony (RSC, 1995)
- Othello as Othello (RSC, 2015)
- Hugh Quarshie at TheGenealogist.co.uk.
- Hugh Quarshie, BBC Who Do You Think You Are? magazine, 2010.
- "Hugh Quarshie — Holby City's African chief", BBC News, 6 September 2010.
- Hugh Quarshie is related to Antonie Kamerling through Pieter Martinus Johannes Kamerling's brother Anthony Wilhelm Constantinus Gerardus Kamerling (1824-1875). Source: GoldCoastDataBase.
- Hugh Quarshie (23 April 2016). Hugh Quarshie: Give half your votes to equality on 5 May - WE think that's fair (Video). Women's Equality Channel via YouTube. Retrieved 28 April 2016.