Hugh Anthony Quarshie
22 December 1954
Dean Close School
|Alma mater||Christ Church, Oxford|
|Organization||Royal Shakespeare Company|
|Spouse(s)||Annika Sundström (? – present)|
Hugh Anthony Quarshie (born 22 December 1954) 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.
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.
|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.|
|2018||Red Sparrow||Simon Benford|
|1968||Scene||Episode: "Wide Games"|
|1979||The Knowledge||Campion||TV movie|
|1980||Buccaneer||Major Ndobi||2 episodes|
|1981||Wolcott||Dennis St George||Miniseries|
|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|
|1986–89||Screenplay||Mike / Wallace||2 episodes|
|1988||A Gentleman's Club||Baba||Episode: A Question of Er...|
|1989||Behaving Badly||Daniel||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
|Episode: Julius Caesar|
|1999||The Murder of Stephen Lawrence||Neville Lawrence||TV movie|
|2000||Jason and the Argonauts||Chiron the centaur||Miniseries|
|2001–2020||Holby City||Ric Griffin||505 episodes|
|2007||Doctor Who||Solomon||Episodes: "Daleks in Manhattan" and "Evolution of the Daleks"|
|2012||White Heat||Victor||6 episodes|
|2017||Still Star-Crossed||Prince Cosimo||3 episodes|
- 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". Who do You Think You Are?. BBC Magazines. BBC Worldwide. 2010. Archived from the original on 18 October 2010. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
- "Hugh Quarshie — Holby City's African chief". BBC News. BBC. 6 September 2010. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
- "Hugh Quarshie". GoldCoastDataBase. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
Hugh Quarshie is related to Antonie Kamerling through Pieter Martinus Johannes Kamerling's brother Anthony Wilhelm Constantinus Gerardus Kamerling (1824–1875)
- 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.