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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) and Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999), and his long-running role as Ric Griffin in the BBC medical drama Holby City (2001–present).

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.

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: 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. 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.

Filmography

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     All 6 episodes
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     Star Wars: The Phantom Menace     Captain Panaka    
2003     Conspiracy of Silence    

Selected theatre performances

    Goethe's Faust as Mephistopheles (RSC, 1995)
    Julius Caesar as Mark Antony (RSC, 1995)
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