Hugh Anthony Kobna Amo Quarshie
22 December 1954
Accra, Gold Coast (now Ghana)
|Education|| Bryanston School |
Dean Close School
|Alma mater||Christ Church, Oxford|
|Organization||Royal Shakespeare Company|
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 One 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, though he returned for the show's final episode in March 2022.
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 (RSC), 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, Quarshie 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 is part of his country's old mixed-race 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. 
Quarshie is a supporter of the Women's Equality Party. 
|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|
|2000||It Was An Accident||George Hurlock|
|2003||Conspiracy of Silence||Fr Joseph Ennis, SJ|
|2012||Black Magic||Short film|
|2018||Red Sparrow||Simon Benford|
|Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald||Mustafa Kama|
|2020||What Matters||Ewan||Short film|
|2022||The Railway Children Return||General Harrison|
|2023||Book Club: The Next Chapter||Ousmane|
|1968||Scene||Episode: "Wide Games"|
|1979||The Knowledge||Campion||TV movie|
|1980||Buccaneer||Major Nbodi||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 (voice)||Episode: Julius Caesar|
|1999||The Murder of Stephen Lawrence||Neville Lawrence||TV movie|
|2000||Jason and the Argonauts||Chiron the Centaur||Miniseries|
|Holby City||Ric Griffin||506 episodes|
|2007||Doctor Who||Solomon||Episodes: "Daleks in Manhattan" and "Evolution of the Daleks"|
|2009||Hot Cities||Narrator||8 episodes|
|2012||White Heat||Victor||6 episodes|
|2017||Still Star-Crossed||Prince Cosimo||3 episodes|
|2019||Absentia||Dr. Semo Oduwale||Season 2|
|2022||Vera||Dr. Leon Palmer||Episode: "Vital Signs"|
|Silent Witness||Series 25; Episode: "History Part 1"|
|1984||Cymbeline||Posthumous||Royal Exchange, Manchester|
|1985||The Admirable Crichton||Crichton||Royal Exchange, Manchester|
|1995||Julius Caesar||Mark Antony||RSC|
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Hugh Quarshie is related to Antonie Kamerling through Pieter Martinus Johannes Kamerling's brother Anthony Wilhelm Constantinus Gerardus Kamerling (1824–1875)(registration required)