Sean Biggerstaff

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Sean Biggerstaff
BornSean Biggerstaff
(1983-03-15) 15 March 1983 (age 31)
Glasgow, Scotland
OccupationActor, musician
Years active1996–present
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Sean Biggerstaff
BornSean Biggerstaff
(1983-03-15) 15 March 1983 (age 31)
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.

Early life[edit]

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]


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 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]

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 he look at the part of Oliver Wood, Biggerstaff looked at the script and agreed.[4] Biggerstaff played the role in the first two films, and returned for a brief appearance in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.[5]

Biggerstaff's career since the first two Harry Potter fims 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]

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]

He appeared in the film Hippie Hippie Shake.[10]

List of credits[edit]


1997The Winter GuestTom
2001Harry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneOliver Wood
2002Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsOliver Wood
2004CashbackBen WillisShort (18 minutes)
2006CashbackBen WillisFeature based on the 2004 short
2009X on a MapPaulShort (13 minutes)
Voices[citation needed]Herb WallaceShort (20 minutes)
2010Hippie Hippie Shake
2011Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2[5]Oliver WoodCameo; uncredited
2013Mary Queen of Scots


1996The Crow RoadYoung DarrenBBC ScotlandMini-series
1998Bright SparksCBBC
2003Shada[11]Chris ParsonsVoice for webcast animation
2003Charles II: The Power and The PassionHenry, Duke of GlocesterBBC OneMini-series
2007Consenting AdultsJeremy WolfendenBBC FourDrama
2009Agatha Christie's MarpleBobby AttfieldITVSeries 4 Episode 3 "Why Didn't They Ask Evans?"
Garrow's LawTomBBC OneSeries 1 Episode 3


2003Shada[12]Chris ParsonsBig Finish "Doctor Who" audio drama
2008The Skull of Sobek[13]SnabbBBC "Doctor Who" audio drama
2008Time Reef[14]The RuhkBig Finish "Doctor Who" audio drama
2009In a Land Far Away'Jamie 'Bullet' McQueenBBC Radio 4 Afternoon Drama
2011Good With People[15]JackBBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play


1993Macbeth[11]Macduff's sonTron Theatre, Glasgow
2005The Girl With Red Hair[11]MattRoyal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
Hampstead Theatre, London
2012An Appointment with the Wicker Man[11]RoryLoch Parry Players NTS, Tour


2007BAFTA ScotlandBest Actor – Television[16]WonConsenting Adults


  1. ^ "Sean Biggerstaff – IMDb". 
  2. ^ a b c d "Sean Biggerstaff – Bio". 
  3. ^ ""The Crow Road" (1996) – Episodes cast". 
  4. ^ Scotland Sunday Times: "Culture: From Hogwarts to Bigger Stuff", Scotland Sunday Times, 18 June 2004
  5. ^ a b Dale, Paul (28 February 2010). "Greenberg revealed at The List Surprise Movie at GFF". The List. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  6. ^ Charlotte Cripps: "Preview: Glasgow Film Festival, Various Venues, Glasgow – Local Hero Joins Global Movie Stars," The Independent Online, 12 February 2007
  7. ^ "Daily News". 
  8. ^ "Glasgow Film Festival – Cashback – Sean Biggerstaff interview – Money talks". The List. 
  9. ^ "The Llloyds TSB BAFTA Scotland Awards 2007". BAFTA Scotland. Retrieved 5 June 2010. 
  10. ^ Larry Richman: "Sean Biggerstaff in Obscenity Drama, Hippie Hippie Shake",, 20 September 2007
  11. ^ a b c d "Sean Biggerstaff Official site". 
  12. ^ Shada, Big Finish Productions.
  13. ^ The Skull of Sobek at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
  14. ^ Time Reef & A Perfect World, Big Finish Productions.
  15. ^ [1], BBC Radio 4
  16. ^ "The Lloyds TSB BAFTA Scotland Awards 2007 – Winners & Nominations". BAFTA Scotland. Retrieved 27 September 2009. 

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