Hugh Quarshie

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Hugh Quarshie
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Hugh Antony Kobna Quarshie

Born: Wednesday 22nd December 1954 (age: 68)


Hugh Anthony Quarshie is a British actor.

Quarshie is of mixed Ghanaian, English and Dutch ancestry and was born in Accra, Ghana, to Emma Wilhelmina (née Philips, 1917–2004) and Richard Quarshie, an African of chieflyancestry, and emigrated with his family to the United Kingdom when he was aged three. He was educated at Bryanston School (Dorset), Dean Close School (Cheltenham), where he played the role of Othello in an open air production in the Tuckwell theatre, and then read PPE at Christ Church, Oxford. Quarshie considered becoming a journalist, but took up acting instead. He is a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and has appeared in many stage productions and television programs, including Behaving Badly with Judi Dench.

Quarshie is known for playing the roles of Sunda Kastagir in Highlander and Captain Panaka in "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace". Quarshie appeared in the Doctor Who two-part episode "Daleks in Manhattan" and "Evolution of the Daleks" as Solomon, leader of the shantytown Hooverville in April 2007. He also appeared at the Star Wars fan event Star Wars Celebration in 1999.

He also appears in the hospital drama series Holby City as Ric Griffin. He leads the cast of Michele Soavi's The Church as Father Gus and plays Aaron the Moor in the BBC Television Shakespeare Titus Andronicus.

Quarshie has narrated a number of television programmes, including the 2006 documentatary Mega Falls of Iguacu about the Iguaçu Falls, and the 2009 TV adaptation of Small Island. In 2010 he narrated the BBC Wildlife series Great Rift: Africa's wild heart. In September 2010 he appeared in an episode of Who Do You Think You Are?, tracing his Ghanaian and Dutch origins.

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