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Sean Biggerstaff
Born Sean Biggerstaff
15 March 1983 (1983-03-15) (age 26)
Glasgow, Scotland
Occupation Actor
Years active 1996–present

Sean Biggerstaff (born 15 March 1983) is a Scottish actor best known for playing Oliver Wood, the Gryffindor Quidditch team captain and keeper, who coaches Harry, in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.



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 just seven years old.

In 1996, at age 13, Biggerstaff landed his first major role, playing Darren in The Crow Road. However, it was in 1997, at the age of 14, when he got his break. Alan Rickman had watched Biggerstaff perform in a production of Macbeth (Biggerstaff's professional stage debut). Rickman was so impressed; he cast Biggerstaff in his new movie, The Winter Guest as Tom, a mischievous schoolboy. Soon afterward, Rickman recommended Sean to the London acting agency International Creative Management and Mr. 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.[1] Biggerstaff played the role in the first two films, but his character wasn't written into Prisoner of Azkaban or subsequent films, despite fan petitions for his reinstatement.

Since then, Biggerstaff career has included playing Henry, Duke of Gloucester in the 2004 TV mini-series Charles II: The Power & the Passion;[2] Matt in the world premiere of The Girl With Red Hair (a play by Sharman MacDonald who also wrote The Winter Guest); and Ben Willis in the short film Cashback. Based on the success of Cashback, Biggerstaff recorded extra scenes, and the piece was adapted into a feature released in 2006.

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.[3]

He appears in the forthcoming film Hippie Hippie Shake.[4]

List of credits



Year Title[5] Role Notes
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)
2010 Hippie Hippie Shake


Year Title Role Network Notes
1996 The Crow Road[5] Young Darren BBC Scotland Mini-series
1998 Bright Sparks CBBC
2003 Shada[6] Chris Parsons Voice for webcast animation
2004 Charles II: The Power & the Passion[5] Henry, Duke of Glocester BBC One Mini-series
2007 Consenting Adults[5] Jeremy Wolfenden BBC Four Drama
2009 Marple[5] Bobby Attfield ITV Series 4 Episode 3 "Why Didn't They Ask Evans?"


Year Title Role Notes
2008 The Skull of Sobek[7] Snabb BBC “Doctor Who” audio drama


Year Title Role Theatre
1993 Macbeth[6] Macduff's son Tron Theatre, Glasgow
2005 The Girl With Red Hair[6] Matt Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
Hampstead Theatre, London


Year Group Award Result Film
2007 BAFTA Scotland Best Actor - Television[8] Won Consenting Adults


  1. ^ Scotland Sunday Times: "Culture: From Hogwarts to Bigger Stuff", Scotland Sunday Times, 18 June 2004
  2. ^ Charlotte Cripps: “Preview: Glasgow Film Festival, Various Venues, Glasgow - Local Hero Joins Global Movie Stars,” The Independent Online, 12 February 2007
  3. ^ [1] BAFTA Scotland Awards 2007
  4. ^ Larry Richman: "Sean Biggerstaff in Obscenity Drama, Hippie Hippie Shake",, 20 September 2007
  5. ^ a b c d e [2]ImDb
  6. ^ a b c Sean Biggerstaff Official site
  7. ^ The Skull of Sobek at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
  8. ^ "The Lloyds TSB BAFTA Scotland Awards 2007 - Winners & Nominations". BAFTA Scotland. Retrieved 2009-09-27.  

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