Douglas Henshall

Douglas Henshall
Born Douglas James Henshall
(1965-11-19) 19 November 1965
Glasgow, Scotland
Other names Dougie Henshall
Doug Henshall
Occupation Actor
Years active 1989–present
Height 1.79m (5 ft 10 in)
Spouse(s) Tena Štivičić (2010-present)

Douglas James Henshall (born 19 November 1965, Glasgow, Scotland) is a Scottish actor best known for his role as Professor Nick Cutter in the British science fiction series Primeval and as Jimmy Perez in crime drama Shetland.


Henshall's mother was a nurse and his father a salesman. He attended Barrhead High School. While studying there, he joined the Scottish Youth Theatre. After graduation, he moved to London and trained at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Later, Henshall joined the 7:84 theater company in Glasgow. He later returned to London where he received critical acclaim for his theater work, notably Life of Stuff at the Donmar Warehouse (1993) and American Buffalo at the Young Vic (1997).


In 1993, Henshall appeared in Dennis Potter's television adaptation of Lipstick on Your Collar. He also portrayed T.E. Lawrence in a recurring role in the American television series Young Indiana Jones (1992-1996). One of his first successful film roles was as Edgar in Angels and Insects (1995) before going on to star in Sharpe's Justice (1997), Orphans (1998), The Man with Rain in His Shoes (1998), The Lawless Heart (2001) and Silent Cry (2002). He has also starred in many television series and is known for his roles in Psychos (1999), Kid in the Corner (1999) (for which he won a gold nymph as best actor in a mini-series at the Monte-Carlo TV festival in 2000), Anna Karenina (2000), and Loving You (2003). He has also performed in plays for BBC radio, including the role of Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (1999) and David in The Long Farewell (2002). In the summer of 2002, Douglas returned to the London stage where he performed the role of Michael Bakunin in Tom Stoppard's new trilogy of plays, The Coast of Utopia, at the National Theatre.

Henshall played Marcus in the post-production British comedy film French Film, alongside Hugh Bonneville and Anne-Marie Duff. He took the starring role as scientist Professor Nick Cutter in the first three series of the science fiction series Primeval from 2007 to 2009. Henshall also starred in Dorian Gray (2009) as the doctor Alan Campbell.

He went on to appear in another ITV1 show, Collision, in which he played the investigating officer of a multiple car crash. In 2010, Douglas starred in a BBC1 drama called The Silence.[1] He appeared in Series 5 of Lewis in the episode "The Mind Has Mountains" and as Cradoc in The Eagle (2011).

In summer 2011, Henshall starred in Harold Pinter's Betrayal at the Comedy Theatre in London's West End playing the lover of Emma, played by Kristin Scott Thomas. Her husband was played by Ben Miles and the revival was brought to life by director Ian Rickson. In autumn 2012 he appeared as Oliver Cromwell in the premiere of the new play 55 Days.

In 2012, he starred as Augustus Cribben in The Secret of Crickley Hall, and in the ITV television film of Ian Rankin's novel Doors Open. In 2013 Henshall played Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez in the BBC two-part drama Shetland. The story was based on Ann Cleeves' Shetland crime novel Red Bones. A second series of six episodes consisted of three, two-part, stories based on Cleeve's Raven Black, Dead Water and Blue Lightning. It screened in the UK in March and April, 2014. A further series was filmed in 2015, screening on BBC1 in the UK during January and February 2016.

In 2015, Henshall starred as Taran MacQuarrie in the TV series Outlander.


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