15 March 1983
Sean Biggerstaff (born 15 March 1983)is a Scottish actor and musician, who portrayed Oliver Wood in the Harry Potter film series.
Harry Potter is a British-American namesake film series based on the eponymous novels by author J. K. Rowling. The series is distributed by Warner Bros. and consists of eight fantasy films, beginning with Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001) and culminating with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011). A spin-off prequel series that will consist of five films started with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), marking the beginning of the Wizarding World shared media franchise.
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.
Glasgow is the most populous city in Scotland, and the third most populous city in the United Kingdom, as of the 2017 estimated city population of 621,020. Historically part of Lanarkshire, the city now forms the Glasgow City council area, one of the 32 council areas of Scotland; the local authority is Glasgow City Council. Glasgow is situated on the River Clyde in the country's West Central Lowlands. Inhabitants of the city are referred to as "Glaswegians" or "Weegies". It is the fourth most visited city in the UK. Glasgow is also known for the Glasgow patter, a distinct dialect of the Scots language that is noted for being difficult to understand by those from outside the city.
Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. Sharing a border with England to the southeast, Scotland is otherwise surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, by the North Sea to the northeast and by the Irish Sea to the south. In addition to the mainland, situated on the northern third of the island of Great Britain, Scotland has over 790 islands, including the Northern Isles and the Hebrides.
Maryhill is an area of the City of Glasgow in Scotland. Maryhill is a former burgh. Maryhill stretches over 7 miles (11 km) along Maryhill Road. Several sub-districts belong to the Maryhill district, such as Acre, Botany, Dawsholm Park, Firhill, Gairbraid, Gilshochill, Maryhill Park, North Kelvinside, Queen's Cross, St George's Cross, Cadder, Summerston, Woodside and Wyndford.
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."
Macbeth is a tragedy by William Shakespeare; it is thought to have been first performed in 1606. It dramatises the damaging physical and psychological effects of political ambition on those who seek power for its own sake. Of all the plays that Shakespeare wrote during the reign of James I, who was patron of Shakespeare's acting company, Macbeth most clearly reflects the playwright's relationship with his sovereign. It was first published in the Folio of 1623, possibly from a prompt book, and is Shakespeare's shortest tragedy.
The Tron Theatre is located at the corner of Trongate and Chisholm Street, in the Merchant City area of Glasgow, Scotland.
Scottish Youth Theatre is Scotland's national youth theatre company for ages 3–25. It is core funded by the Scottish Arts Council.
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 .
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 is a 2011 fantasy film directed by David Yates and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is the second of two cinematic parts based on J. K. Rowling's 2007 novel of the same name. The film, which is the eighth and final instalment in the Harry Potter film series, was written by Steve Kloves and produced by David Heyman, David Barron, and Rowling. The story continues to follow Harry Potter's quest to find and destroy Lord Voldemort's Horcruxes in order to stop him once and for all.
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.
Henry Stuart, Duke of Gloucester was the youngest son of Charles I, King of England, Scotland, and Ireland, and his wife, Henrietta Maria of France. He is also known as Henry of Oatlands.
Cashback is a 2006 British romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Sean Ellis. Originally exhibited as a short in 2004, it was expanded to feature length in 2006. Both versions were produced by Lene Bausager, starring Sean Biggerstaff and Emilia Fox.
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.
Jeremy John Le Mesurier Wolfenden was a foreign correspondent and British spy at the height of the Cold War.
Consenting Adults is a 2007 BBC Four television dramatisation of the events of the Wolfenden committee, whose report led to the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Britain. Set in the 1950s, the film depicts social attitudes towards homosexuality in Britain at that time, largely focusing on the committee's chair, John Wolfenden, and his own homosexual son Jeremy.
BAFTA in Scotland is the Scottish branch of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Formed in 1986, the branch holds two annual awards ceremonies recognising the achievement by performers and production staff in Scottish film, television and video games. These Awards are separate from the British Academy Television Awards and British Academy Film Awards.
He appeared in the film Hippie Hippie Shake .
In 2015 he filmed Whisky Galore! with Gillies MacKinnon and Eddie Izzard
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.
In 2017, it was announced that he would star opposite Georgia Moffett in the Big Finish audio series Jenny: The Doctor's Daughter , taking the role of Noah.
|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[ citation needed ]||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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