15 March 1983
Biggerstaff was born in Glasgow, Scotland, growing up with his parents in Maryhill. He went to Parkview Primary School in Summerston and joined the local drama group, the Maryhill Youth Theatre, when he was seven.
Biggerstaff obtained his first professional acting role at ten, playing the son of MacDuff in a Michael Boyd production of Macbeth at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow. He then joined the Scottish Youth Theatre and spent six years with the group. In 1996, at the age of 13, Biggerstaff secured his first major TV role, playing Young Darren in the BBC production of The Crow Road. At 14 he was cast by future fellow Harry Potter actor Alan Rickman in his new movie, The Winter Guest, as Tom, a mischievous schoolboy. In a 2002 interview, Biggerstaff recalled: "It was while at the Scottish Youth Theatre that I was chosen for The Winter Guest. Alan Rickman (known to most of the kids as "the bad guy from Die Hard") popped along one day looking for two boys to accompany him to the coldest place on Earth, Fife, for two months to make a film. Myself and the suspicious character that is Douglas Murphy were the lucky ones."
Rickman later recommended Biggerstaff to the London acting agency International Creative Management and Paul Lyon-Maris. Within a week, the Harry Potter castings were being distributed. During auditions, the directors suggested that Biggerstaff consider the part of Oliver Wood. After looking at the script, he agreed, and played the role in the first two films, returning for a brief appearance in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.
Biggerstaff's career since the first two Harry Potter films has included playing Henry, Duke of Gloucester in the 2004 TV mini-series Charles II: The Power and The Passion; Matt in the world premiere of Sharman MacDonald's stageplay The Girl With Red Hair; and Ben Willis in the short film Cashback for which extra scenes were recorded, and the piece was adapted into a feature released in 2006.
In 2007, Biggerstaff played Jeremy Wolfenden in the BBC4 TV movie Consenting Adults which was nominated for BAFTA Scotland's Best Drama Award on 18 November 2007, and won him the BAFTA Scotland's Award for Best Actor – Television.
In 2016, Biggerstaff played the lead role in French-Canadian Catherine-Anne Toupin's Right Now, a translation by Chris Campbell of À présent, directed by Michael Boyd, which was critically and commercially well received in Bath, London, and Edinburgh.
List of credits
|1997||The Winter Guest||Tom|
|2001||Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone||Oliver Wood|
|2002||Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets||Oliver Wood|
|2004||Cashback||Ben Willis||Short (18 minutes)|
|2006||Cashback||Ben Willis||Feature based on the 2004 short|
|2009||X on a Map||Paul||Short (13 minutes)|
|Voices||Herb Wallace||Short (20 minutes)|
|2010||Hippie Hippie Shake|
|2011||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2||Oliver Wood||Cameo, Uncredited|
|2013||Mary Queen of Scots||Earl of Bothwell|
|2016||Whisky Galore!||Sergeant Odd|
|1996||The Crow Road||Young Darren||BBC Scotland||Mini-series|
|2003||Shada||Chris Parsons||Voice for webcast animation|
|2003||Charles II: The Power and The Passion||Henry, Duke of Glocester||BBC One||Mini-series|
|2007||Consenting Adults||Jeremy Wolfenden||BBC Four||Drama|
|2009||Agatha Christie's Marple||Bobby Attfield||ITV||Series 4 Episode 3 "Why Didn't They Ask Evans?"|
|Garrow's Law||Tom||BBC One||Series 1 Episode 3|
|2003||Shada||Chris Parsons||Big Finish "Doctor Who" audio drama|
|2008||The Skull of Sobek||Snabb||BBC "Doctor Who" audio drama|
|2008||Time Reef||The Ruhk||Big Finish "Doctor Who" audio drama|
|2009||In a Land Far Away'||Jamie 'Bullet' McQueen||BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Drama|
|2011||Good With People||Jack||BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play|
|2014||Heart and Soul||Ivor||Confessions of Dorian Gray, BigFinish|
|1993||Macbeth||Macduff's son||Tron Theatre, Glasgow|
|2005||The Girl With Red Hair||Matt||Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh|
Hampstead Theatre, London
|2012||Appointment with the Wicker Man||Rory||National Theatre of Scotland, Tour|
|2016||Right Now (A Présent)||Ben||Ustinov Studio, Bath|
|2007||BAFTA Scotland||Best Actor – Television||Won||Consenting Adults|
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- "Sean Biggerstaff – Bio".
- ""The Crow Road" (1996) – Episodes cast".
- Scotland Sunday Times: "Culture: From Hogwarts to Bigger Stuff", Scotland Sunday Times, 18 June 2004
- Dale, Paul (28 February 2010). "Greenberg revealed at The List Surprise Movie at GFF". The List. Retrieved 5 July 2010.
- Charlotte Cripps: "Preview: Glasgow Film Festival, Various Venues, Glasgow – Local Hero Joins Global Movie Stars", The Independent Online, 12 February 2007
- "Daily News".
- "Glasgow Film Festival – Cashback – Sean Biggerstaff interview – Money talks". The List.
- "The Llloyds TSB BAFTA Scotland Awards 2007". BAFTA Scotland. Retrieved 5 June 2010.
- Larry Richman: "Sean Biggerstaff in Obscenity Drama, Hippie Hippie Shake", Pro-Networks.org, 20 September 2007
- "Whisky Galore". 1 January 2000 – via IMDb.
- Gardner, Lyn (1 March 2016). "Right Now review – bizarre comic drama keeps you guessing".
- "Sean Biggerstaff Official site". Archived from the original on 14 December 2003.
- Shada, Big Finish Productions.
- The Skull of Sobek at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
- Time Reef & A Perfect World, Big Finish Productions.
- , BBC Radio 4
- "Theatre Royal, Bath (2016)".
- "The Lloyds TSB BAFTA Scotland Awards 2007 – Winners & Nominations". BAFTA Scotland. Retrieved 27 September 2009.