Hugh Quarshie

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Hugh Quarshie
Born (1954-12-22) 22 December 1954 (age 61)
Accra, Ghana
Nationality British
Education Bryanston School
Dean Close School
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford
Occupation Actor
Years active 1979–present
Organization Royal Shakespeare Company
Television Holby City (2001–present)
Spouse(s) Annika Sundström (? - present)
Children 3

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).

Early and personal life[edit]

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.


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.[4]


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

Selected theatre performances[edit]


  1. ^ Hugh Quarshie at
  2. ^ Hugh Quarshie, BBC Who Do You Think You Are? magazine, 2010.
  3. ^ "Hugh Quarshie — Holby City's African chief", BBC News, 6 September 2010.
  4. ^ Hugh Quarshie is related to Antonie Kamerling through Pieter Martinus Johannes Kamerling's brother Anthony Wilhelm Constantinus Gerardus Kamerling (1824-1875). Source: GoldCoastDataBase.

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