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Also Known As: Dougie Henshall Died:
Born: November 19, 1965 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: United Kingdom Profession: actor

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When he was growing up in Glasgow, Scotland, Douglas Henshall never considered becoming an actor. Although he had worked with a youth theater (initially to impress one of the local girls), he intended to pursue a career as an artist or journalist, but when he was unable to obtain a place in his schools of choice, the 18-year-old headed to London to study at the Mountview Theatre School. Upon graduation, the strawberry blond, good-looking Henshall struggled for six months before returning to Glasgow where he launched a concentrated campaign to be hired by BBC Scotland; his persistence yielded only bit roles, however. The stage provided a conduit to success. Henshall worked with local groups, including 7:84 and the Citizens' Theatre. In 1990, he was cast opposite Peter Mullan in the two-hander "Crow" and landed his first screen role (billed as Dougie Henshall) in "The Big Man".

When he was growing up in Glasgow, Scotland, Douglas Henshall never considered becoming an actor. Although he had worked with a youth theater (initially to impress one of the local girls), he intended to pursue a career as an artist or journalist, but when he was unable to obtain a place in his schools of choice, the 18-year-old headed to London to study at the Mountview Theatre School. Upon graduation, the strawberry blond, good-looking Henshall struggled for six months before returning to Glasgow where he launched a concentrated campaign to be hired by BBC Scotland; his persistence yielded only bit roles, however. The stage provided a conduit to success. Henshall worked with local groups, including 7:84 and the Citizens' Theatre. In 1990, he was cast opposite Peter Mullan in the two-hander "Crow" and landed his first screen role (billed as Dougie Henshall) in "The Big Man".

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Eagle, The (2011)
2.
 Dorian Gray (2009)
3.
 French Film (2009)
4.
 Slipp Jimmy Fri (2006)
5.
 Dead Long Enough (2005)
6.
 It's All About Love (2003) Michael
7.
8.
 Lawless Heart, The (2001) Tim
9.
 This Year's Love (1999) Danny
10.
 Fast Food (1998) Benny Anstruther
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Raised in Glasgow, Scotland
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Began career as a teenager with a local youth theater; originally auditioned to impress a girl
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Rejected for studies in art and journalism; enrolled at Moutview Theatre School
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Moved back to Scotland after completing studies and "badgered" BBC Scotland for employment; landed extra work
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Appeared with the stage companies 7:84 and the Citizen's Theatre
1990:
Cast opposite Peter Mullan at the Tron Theatre in a production of the two-character play "Crow"
1990:
Film acting debut, "The Big Man"; billed as Dougie Henshall; Mullan also featured in cast
1993:
Co-starred with Ewan McGregor as an abusive husband in the Dennis Potter-scripted TV movie "Lipstick on Your Collar"
1995:
Portrayed the aristocratic but bullying Edward Alabaster in "Angels and Insects"
1997:
Starred as Teach in a production of David Mamet's "American Buffalo"
1998:
Had featured role in Peter Mullan's feature directorial debut "Orphans"
1998:
Played first romantic lead as a struggling actor who gets a chance to relive his life in the fantasy "If Only/Twice Upon a Yesterday/The Man with Rain in His Shoe"
1999:
Appeared in the ensemble of the romantic comedy "This Year's Love"
1999:
Starred as a chain-smoking, foul-mouthed, lecherous psychiatrist in the British TV serial "Psychos" (Channel Four)
2000:
Co-starred in the BBC remake of "Anna Karenina"
2001:
Acted in "The Lawless Heart"; screened at Locarno Film Festival
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Education

Mountview Theatre School: -

Notes

"I don't think you can be involved with the acting profession for any length of time and not understand anything about frustration." --Douglas Henshall quoted in URBAN CINEFILE (www.urbancinefile.com.au), fall 1998

Henshall explained to Clive King of the London TIMES, February 6, 1999 why he took the role in "If Only/Twice Upon a Yesterday": "I wanted to see if I could carry a film. I was interested to see if I could hold my own attention on the big screen. It's a perverse thing, going along to see yourself in a movie, because you can't change it. All the time, you're thinking, will people laugh? Will they get it, or will they just think I'm a wanker? It's bizarre. But when it does come off, it's hugely gratifying."

Asked how he feels about the success of Ewen McGregor, with whom he co-starred in "Lipstick on Your Collar", Henshall told Clive King of the London TIMES (February 6, 1999): "He's probably my best friend and I love him like a brother. I'm very happy that he's got what he's got. Maybe it's my own arrogance, but I don't believe anyone's got it all sewn up. I'm happy that I'll get what I want eventually because I know I'm capable of it.

"Oh, aye, there's competition, sure. That's only healthy, though. You know, there's so much cynicism and so much bitterness in this game that you hang on to the friends you make. His friendship matters more to me than all that other stuff."

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