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Hugh Anthony Quarshie


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Date of Birth:
0194-12-22
Place of Birth:
Accra, Ghana

Hugh Anthony Quarshie is a Ghanaian-born British actor.

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 of the Daleks" (2007) as well as his long-running role as Ric Griffin in the BBC medical drama Holby City (2001–2020).

Quarshie played the role of Ric for 19 years and was the longest-serving cast member in Holby City, until he confirmed his departure in October 2020. The character departed in Episode 1034 (Episode 26) of Series 22, which aired on 10 November 2020.

Early and personal life

A member of the Euro-African community of Ghana, Quarshie is of mixed Ghanaian, English and Dutch ancestry. He was born in Accra, Ghana, to Emma Wilhelmina (née Phillips; 1917–2004) and Richard Quarshie (1913–2006). His mother was of chiefly ancestry; her relatives currently serve as the chiefs of the Ghanaian village of Abii.

Hugh emigrated 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.

Career

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 on the television 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 television. 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 The 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 that Quarshie was part of his country's Euro-African elite as one of his ancestors, Pieter Martinus Johannes Kamerling, was a Dutch official on the Gold Coast. This also made him a distant relative of Dutch actor Antonie Kamerling.

Politics

Quarshie is a supporter of the Women's Equality Party.

Filmography

Dogs of war

Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend

Highlander

La Chiesa

Nightbreed

Wing Commander

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace

Conspiracy of Silence

Red Sparrow

Television

Scene

The Knowledge

Buccaneer

Wolcott

The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Rumpole of the Bailey

Angels

Sharma and Beyond

Titus Andronicus

Alas Smith and Jones

Screenplay

A Gentleman's Club

Behaving Badly

Chancer

Press Gang

Medics

Surgical Spirit

Virtual Murder

The Tomorrow People

The Comic Strip Presents...

Red Dwarf

Horizon

The Chief

MacGyver: Lost Treasure of Atlantis

Shakespeare: The Animated Tales

The Murder of Stephen Lawrence

Jason and the Argonauts

Holby City

Casualty

Doctor Who

White Heat

Still Star-Crossed