Sean Biggerstaff

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Sean Biggerstaff
Sean Biggerstaff

(1983-03-15) 15 March 1983 (age 36)
Glasgow, Scotland
OccupationActor, musician
Years active1996–present

Sean Biggerstaff (born 15 March 1983) [1] is a Scottish actor and musician, who portrayed Oliver Wood in the Harry Potter film series.

<i>Harry Potter</i> (film series) Fantasy film series adaptation of the Harry Potter novels

Harry Potter is a British-American 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.


Early life

Biggerstaff was born in Glasgow, Scotland, growing up with his parents in Maryhill. [2] He went to Parkview Primary School in Summerston and joined the local drama group, the Maryhill Youth Theatre, when he was seven. [2]

Glasgow City and council area in Scotland

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. It is the fifth most visited city in the UK.

Scotland Country in Northwest Europe, part of the United Kingdom

Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain, with a border with England to the southeast, and is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, the North Sea to the northeast, the Irish Sea to the south, and more than 790 islands, including the Northern Isles and the Hebrides.

Maryhill town in Glasgow, United Kindom

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. [2] 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 . [3] 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." [2]

<i>Macbeth</i> play by William Shakespeare

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.

Tron Theatre theatre in Glasgow, Scotland

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, [4] and played the role in the first two films, returning for a brief appearance in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 . [5]

<i>Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2</i> 2011 fantasy film directed by David Yates

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 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 ; [6] Matt in the world premiere of Sharman MacDonald's stageplay The Girl With Red Hair; [7] 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. [8]

Henry Stuart, Duke of Gloucester son of Charles I of England

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.

<i>Cashback</i> (film) 2006 feature film by Sean Ellis

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. [9]

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 Scotland organization

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 . [10]

In 2015 he filmed Whisky Galore! with Gillies MacKinnon and Eddie Izzard [11]

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. [12]

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.

List of credits


1997 The Winter Guest Tom
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Oliver Wood
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
2004 Cashback Ben WillisShort (18 minutes)
2006 Cashback Ben WillisFeature based on the 2004 short
2009X on a MapPaulShort (13 minutes)
Voices[ citation needed ]Herb WallaceShort (20 minutes)
2010 Hippie Hippie Shake
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 [5] Oliver Wood Cameo, Uncredited
2013 Mary Queen of Scots Earl of Bothwell
2016 Whisky Galore! Sergeant Odd
2018Super November [13] Mikey


1996 The Crow Road Young Darren BBC Scotland Mini-series
1998 Bright Sparks CBBC
2003 Shada [14] Chris ParsonsVoice 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 TomBBC OneSeries 1 Episode 3


2003 Shada [15] Chris ParsonsBig Finish "Doctor Who" audio drama
2008 The Skull of Sobek [16] SnabbBBC "Doctor Who" audio drama
2008 Time Reef [17] The RuhkBig Finish "Doctor Who" audio drama
2009 In a Land Far Away' Jamie 'Bullet' McQueen BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Drama
2011 Good With People [18] Jack BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play
2014 Heart and Soul Ivor Confessions of Dorian Gray, BigFinish


1993 Macbeth [14] Macduff's son Tron Theatre, Glasgow
2005 The Girl With Red Hair [14] Matt Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
Hampstead Theatre, London
2012Appointment with the Wicker Man [14] Rory National Theatre of Scotland, Tour
2016Right Now (A Présent) [19] Ben Ustinov Studio, Bath
2017Brothers Karamazov [20] Ivan Tron Theatre, Glasgow


2007 BAFTA Scotland Best Actor – Television [21] Won Consenting Adults

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